The date was August 16, 1987. It had been a long time in coming, with groundbreaking more than a year before. And there were weeks of tours and previews. But on that date in August, the Dolphins took the field in their new home for the first time.
It was a preseason game, and a loss to the Chicago Bears 10-3. But, now that the Dolphins had settled into a first-class stadium that was built with private funds, they finally had a place to call home.
It was a remarkable stadium, the likes of which I had never seen. In fact, I distinctly recall walking along and saying it was "cool as sh!t."
And as we enter into August of 2011, we here at Dave's celebrate its 25th anniversary. (yes, the math is correct, they played in 1987, meaning that this is their 25th year in JRS).
And it will always be Joe Robbie Stadium to me. The guy hocked everything he had - team included - to get the stadium built, and he should still be honored for that accomplishment with his name on it.
If you want to read more about its history, check out its Wikipedia entry