Miami Gardens may be near the edge of the county line but
it’s smack dab in the middle of the collective consciousness of every Miamian.
Sun Life Stadium’s the place for soccer, cycling, community events, and, oh
yeah, football. Yelp’s Amazing August continued from the club level to the
practice field to the awesome seats as a choice selection of the Yelp Miami
Elite Squad got the chance to tackle some Saturday night lights of their own.
The VIP experience began with a trip to the nerve center of
Dolphins operations — the corporate offices. There, excited Elites got a chance
to look at rare photos, get an understanding of the whys and hows of the
operation and meet Dolphins great Nat Moore. Stars in their eyes, they then
headed to Duffy’s Hall of Champions to gain an eagle eye view of the field and
take in the wide-open space. The Gallery of Legends lived up to its name but it
was the Orange Bowl memorabilia on the Club level that sent Floridian hearts
It wouldn’t be a Miami stadium without a club, so the tour
next ventured into its version of Miami Beach icon LIV! Househeads were excited
to realize that the two spaces (and some staff) were identical. The tour
explored more pieces of iconic Miami with in-depth examinations of the
stadiums’ own pieces of Garcia’s, Anthony’s and Castronovo. Rounding things out
was a trip to the Ford Sideline Club and Cheerleader facility… so we thought.
Attentive Elites who were able to answer questions from the tour were picked to
go out on the field and enjoy warm-up with the Dolphins. That’s right. Up until
a half hour before kickoff, Elites took photos with cheerleaders, cozied up
with TD and saw up close and personal their favorite players (and just how huge
those favorite players are).
But it wouldn’t be an Elite event without food. Yelpers got
to enjoy all the standards of football game gastronomy: hot dogs, soda, nachos,
popcorn, peanuts, frozen lemonade, and ice-cold beer. As commonly comforting as
the food was, the seats were uncommonly awesome. Smack dab in the middle of
section 131 with a clear view of the end zone, Elites had the opportunity to
watch the game in style. Don’t believe it? Check out the photos Rodney W took
(way to pinch hit, RW!; yes, different sport. We know). Excited Elites wrote
their impressions here. The ‘fins might not have pulled out a win but they’ll
always be champs in our hearts.