Sun Life Stadium is one of South Florida’s top sports and entertainment venues. It’s currently the place to see home games of the Miami Dolphins, the Florida Marlins, the University of Miami Hurricanes football team and the annual Orange Bowl college football bowl game. It also hosts several major outdoor concerts every year. If you need a place to stay when attending an event, TheRealPlaces.com is the place to find hotels closest to Sun Life Stadium.
When the stadium opened in 1987 it was called Joe Robbie Stadium, named after the then-owner of the Miami Dolphins. The Florida Marlins became tenants at Robbie in 1993 after Major League Baseball awarded an expansion franchise to the Miami area. The biggest baseball games at the stadium were for the 1997 and 2003 World Series, both won by the Marlins. In 1996 Mr. Robbie’s name was removed from the stadium (even though he had arranged private financing for it’s construction) and has since gone through a series of new names: Pro Player Stadium, Dolphins Stadium and Land Shark Stadium, before settling on the current Sun Life Stadium in 2010. The Miami Hurricanes NCAA football team moved into the stadium in 2008 after the Orange Bowl was closed. Confusingly, the yearly Orange Bowl bowl game has been played in the stadium since 1996, long before the Orange Bowl stadium closed.
Sun Life Stadium is located in the Miami Gardens area, north and inland from the heart of Miami and Miami Beach. It’s easily accessed by two major highways that intersect within view of the stadium – Florida’s Turnpike/Ronald Reagan Turnpike and Florida 821. You’ll find over 30 hotels near Sun Life Stadium within 10 miles in just about every direction.
Easily the closest hotel to Sun Life Stadium, El Palacio Sports Hotel is just a mile away. In addition to its proximity to the stadium, El Palacio is also a relatively inexpensive hotel option for those looking for a place to stay nearby. It’s received generally good reviews from previous visitors. TheRealPlaces makes it easy to compare current rates at El Palacio and many more mid-range 3-star hotels in Miami.