Happy 30th Birthday Joe "Hard Rock" Robbie Stadium

Written by Finatic Bob

JRSQuick! How many names has the stadium used in its 30 year history?

If you said 10, you are officially correct, although Dolphin Stadium was used twice:



Joe Robbie Stadium     August 16, 1987 to August 25, 1996
Pro Player Park     August 26, 1996 to September 9, 1996
Pro Player Stadium     September 10, 1996 to January 9, 2005
Dolphins Stadium     January 10, 2005 to April 7, 2006
Dolphin Stadium     April 8, 2006 to May 7, 2009
Land Shark Stadium     May 8, 2009 to January 5, 2010
Dolphin Stadium     January 6, 2010 to January 19, 2010
Sun Life Stadium     January 20, 2010 to January 31, 2016
New Miami Stadium     February 1, 2016 to August 16, 2016
Hard Rock Stadium     August 17, 2016 to present

Who remembers "New Miami Stadium" ? Not me, for it was only that in the off season.

I take you back to August 16th, 1987. The first Dolphins game ever at Joe Robbie. It was preseason and we lost to the Bears 10 - 3 in a very boring contest, but the game will forever be in my memory as my wife, who was 8 1/2 months pregnant, did not want to miss the game. It was so surreal that CBS actually interviewd us on the nightly news. Here we are on a hot August night waiting to see our team. I have a video somewhere that documents it. The three of us.

11 days later our one and only son was born, and he still bleeds aqua and orange.

So Happy Birthday to the stadium.

Personally along the way it has been a sad journey at times. In 1989, losing to the Chiefs the last game of the season in 40 degree weather, knocking us out of the playoffs. Jim Kelly and the Bills broke our hearts big time in 1993 when we lost a Championship playoff game in our own backyard 29-10. Since then we have never been that close.

One thing I remembered as a recurring issue was noise. As loud as we yelled at the new stadium, it just wasn't as loud as the old Orange Bowl, but the stadium we knew 30 years ago is LONG gone. The new stadium IS loud, thanks to the new roof and strategic angles of the speakers.

We saw Shula and Marino retire. We saw Larry Little, Richmond Webb, Nat Moore, Duper and Clayton, added to the Ring of Honor.
2002 was the year of Ricky Williams. 2003, the Orange jerseys made their debut in a 24-23 win over the Redskins. 2005 introduced us to the Gallery of Legends. 2007 was the year of Jason Taylor, playing in 129 consecutive games. 2010 saw the new Don Shula statue.

These are images that roll through my mind. It is by no means comprehensive (you can grab a Media Guide for that) and you may also have other memories that are bigger than this.

But Happy Birthday Joe "Hard Rock" Robbie Stadium, you are a part of our lives and memories, and here's to the next 30! Go Dolphins!