The NFL’s Miami Dolphins are opening the gates to Hard Rock Stadium. Just not for football … yet.
With Floridians eager for safe, family entertainment during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dolphins have announced plans for The Outdoor Theaters, which will “feature both an open-air and drive-in theater that will showcase classic Miami Dolphins content from the team’s 54-year history [and] classic motion picture films.” The team says the stadium will also host commencement ceremonies and other event, which “will provide a unique environment while staying in accordance with social distance policies.”
Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium Vice Chairman and CEO Tom Garfinkel told south Florida’s Local 10 that the team spent several weeks planning the temporary theater project. “It’s a fundamental human need to physically experience and celebrate events and experiences together,” Garfinkel says, “and we’re trying to provide options for everyone where they can be safely socially distant and socially present at the same time.”
The drive-in events will be held inside of Hard Rock Stadium and can accommodate up to 230 cars. The open-air drive-in theater can host small groups on the complex’s south plaza. Food and drinks will be available via delivery service.
The Dolphins have not yet released an opening date yet.
Drive-in movie theaters are gaining new-found popularity in Europe and the U.S. as an option for families to safely leave their homes and enjoy a night of entertainment.