Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Miami Oks Vote on Stadium Bill

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Miami Oks Vote on Stadium Bill

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The Miami Dolphins have agreed to a local referendum on their plan seeking tax money for an upgrade of their stadium, a person familiar with the discussions said.

Team owner Stephen Ross earlier resisted holding a referendum on the issue, saying there wasn't time for a vote before legislators would need to act.

The change of heart comes after local legislators left the stadium bill off their list of priorities for this year's session, hurting the team's chances of winning approval in Tallahassee.

Upgrades to the Dolphins' stadium are expected to cost about $400 million, and Ross has agreed to pay at least $201 million. The referendum will come with many South Floridians upset about the Miami Marlins' 1-year-old ballpark, which was built largely with public money.

The Dolphins say upgrades are needed to keep their stadium attractive for major events such as Super Bowls and college football's championship game. They say the deal would keep them in South Florida through at least 2034. …

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