Tag: Hard Rock Stadium

GBAC Star to Mark Accredited Venues

The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., is among the facilities that have committed to attaining GBAC Star accreditation. (OCCC.net) New program will certify facilities’ disinfecting efforts A new facility hygiene accreditation program formally unveiled Thursday by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council offers live event venues and other industries detailed guidelines and performance criteria on sanitation, disinfection and infectious disease prevention best practices. When followed, the program leads to a formal accreditation that’s expected be a key part of ensuring safety and restoring confidence amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Already committed to attaining the GBAC Star accreditation are Hard Rock Stadium, home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, and several convention centers: Chicago’s McCormick Place; the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.; the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Las Vegas Convention Center; and the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas. The 20-point accreditation program answers facilities’ need for […]

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NFL, Populous Get Creative With Logistics

ROOM TO MANEUVER: Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., the site of Sunday’s Super Bowl, sits on a 275-acre site. (Getty Images) Hard Rock Stadium site provides ample space with a few twists The Super Bowl returns to South Florida for the first time since 2010, and recent developments to the expansive property surrounding Hard Rock Stadium have led to some creative planning for Sunday’s 54th edition of the game. The 275-acre site gives the NFL and Populous, the league’s logistical consultant, ample space to work with for the most part, but the relocation of the Miami Open tennis tournament in 2019 to Hard Rock Stadium resulted in adjustments for pro football’s crown jewel event. In addition, the Miami Dolphins, whose owner, Stephen Ross, owns the stadium and land surrounding the building in Miami Gardens, Fla., are constructing a $135 million practice facility west of the venue that will […]

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Opening Number: Super Bowl Food

Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium is hosting the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, and concessionaire Centerplate is preparing to feed 65,326 hungry fans over 4 hours as the Kansas City Chiefs battle the San Francisco 49ers for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Here are some more numbers to snack on, provided by Centerplate. 2,500 Hospitality staff that will be on hand 25 Centerplate chefs being flown to Miami to help prepare the F&B. 10 Kitchens in use — 7 existing kitchens plus 3 mobile kitchens being brought in for the game. 2,700 Lobster tails to be brought in from Maine. 8,000 Short ribs being prepared for game day. 10,000 Hot dogs expected to be sold. $7 million-plus Total local purchasing Centerplate does in Miami-Dade County each year.

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Super Bowl’s First Female Executive Chef: Bring It On

FOOD QB: Dayanny De la Cruz will preside over F&B at the Super Bowl. (Matthew Noel / Centerplate) Centerplate’s Dayanny De la Cruz has been preparing for this moment since she was 6 The Kansas City Chiefs are going to the Super Bowl for the third time this year; it will be the seventh appearance for the San Francisco 49ers. Beating them both is concessionaire Centerplate, which will be providing food and beverage at the biggest game of the year for the 15th time. Besides the new creations being cooked up for this year’s game, there’s something else new on the menu, according to Centerplate officials: the first female Super Bowl head chef. Super Bowl LIV will take place Feb. 2 at Hard Rock Stadium near Miami. Centerplate, owned since 2017 by Sodexo, has been providing hospitality services at the venue, the home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, since 2001 […]

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Active at 90

Clockwise from top left: T-Mobile Park’s chapulines, Las Vegas Convention Center’s Meat Locker pizza, pork belly banh mi sliders, Vancouver Convention Centre’s Bliss Cake. (Courtesy Centerplate) Centerplate heads toward centennial by keeping concessions fresh for clients, fans In 1929, Nathaniel Leverone started a vending service in Chicago and called it the Automatic Canteen Company of America. Leverone got the idea to start the company when he got a handful of bad peanuts from a vending machine and he thought he could do better.  He founded the company on the idea that customers deserved a square deal: fairly priced high-quality food and beverage, served with professionalism and a smile. Leverone’s first real get turned out to be the historic World’s Fair in Chicago in 1933. He sold chocolate milk and concessions, and he even installed a few pop-up restaurants. The vending business eventually split off and the rest of the company […]

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Aluminum Cups Shine in Drive to Recycle More

Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium is among the venues using aluminum beer cups. (Courtesy AMB Sports & Entertainment) Some venues move from plastic to a product less likely to end up in trash The push to achieve zero waste at sports and entertainment facilities has multiple venues replacing single-use plastic cups with aluminum drink containers, and the early results have caught officials by surprise. Fans are taking stacks of the recyclable cups home as souvenirs, and some are selling them on eBay for $40 to $50, according to early adopters. It’s all good, though. The new version of the souvenir cup is a byproduct of an increased awareness by teams, schools and concessionaires to get rid of all plastic, a material with extremely low recycling rates that is littering the country’s landscapes and waterways.  AMB Sports and Entertainment recently began testing aluminum beer cups in two event-level clubs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and […]

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Miami Open: Paradise in a Parking Lot …

At Hard Rock Stadium, the Miami Open extends to 30 combined competition and practice courts outside the NFL facility. (Courtesy Hard Rock Stadium) … and inside an NFL venue, as the Miami Open makes its debut at Hard Rock Stadium Over the past decade, big league teams have become more aggressive and creative in booking nontraditional sports events to fill stadiums and generate incremental revenue. The X Games, the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the U.S. Women’s Open bowling tournament and Fenway Park’s Big Air snowboarding and ski jumping competition are just a few examples. In South Florida, the Miami Dolphins are ready for the next step: For the first time in sports, professional tennis is taking over an NFL venue.  The Dolphins’ 65,000-seat Hard Rock Stadium and a portion of the vast parking lots surrounding the building have been transformed into a sports and cultural oasis for the Miami Open […]

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Opening Number: Miami Open

The Miami Open tennis tournament enters a new era after relocating to Hard Rock Stadium from Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, Fla., where it had been played since 1987. The stadium, which is home to the Miami Dolphins in the suburb of Miami Gardens, expands amenities for both attendees and players, as you’ll see in this issue. The venue is home to the event for the next 30 years; here are some other numbers from the tournament’s new home, courtesy of event producer IMG and the Dolphins.   12,513 More parking spaces for general admission, premium, overflow and player parking. 30 Total competition and practice courts, up from nine. 32,474 Total seating, up from 25,062. 4 Corner videoboards framing the center court inside Hard Rock Stadium. One large screen is attached to an exterior wall on the building’s south side. 30,000 Square feet for player dining space, up from 9,000. […]

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