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Global warming 'like a torture chamber' in Miami

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07:52 AM ET 01.15 | The Dolphins are proposing a $400 million overhaul to Sun Life Stadium, one that goes well beyond video screens and sound systems. [Most dramatically], the stadium would have an open-air roof to shield fans from the elements. "There's this thing called global warming," team owner Stephen Ross said during a meeting with The Miami Herald's editorial board on Monday, and added "it's like a torture chamber for Dolphins fans." The proposed stadium would not be air-conditioned, however. It would either rely on the natural breeze blowing between the top of the stadium and the futuristic canopy (which would sit like an umbrella on four stands), or install circulating fans.

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January 15, 2013  08:00 AM ET

The heat and humidity can be a huge homefield advantage. Let the fans drink Gatorade instead of Bud Light.

January 15, 2013  08:02 AM ET

That's a lot of coin for an uncomfortable stadium...

January 15, 2013  08:09 AM ET

Oh good... Now they are blaming global warming for the Dolphins sucking.

January 15, 2013  08:12 AM ET

It's confirmed... Stephen Ross is nuts.

January 15, 2013  08:16 AM ET

It would be much worse if the fans actually went to the games. But, without a quality team, there's not much chance of that happening.

January 15, 2013  08:16 AM ET
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Oh good... Now they are blaming global warming for the Dolphins sucking.

They must've hired Al Gore to run their PR department.

January 15, 2013  08:17 AM ET
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It's confirmed... Stephen Ross is nuts.

Global warming is for real.

The Dolphins, however, are not.

January 15, 2013  08:17 AM ET
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It would be much worse if the fans actually went to the games. But, without a quality team, there's not much chance of that happening.

But at least they're changing the logo.

January 15, 2013  08:17 AM ET
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They must've hired Al Gore to run their PR department.

Well - Al Jazeera is looking for programming.

January 15, 2013  08:22 AM ET
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But at least they're changing the logo.

That should fix everything.

January 15, 2013  08:31 AM ET

Move to Toronto!!!!

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January 15, 2013  08:45 AM ET

I thought watching the Dolphins was torture.

I guess the thinking is if they improve the stadium then the fans will fill the seats, just like the Marlins are filling up their new stadium.

January 15, 2013  08:45 AM ET

Ross certainly didn't make things any easier for his ticket sales dept with his 'torture chamber' comment.

January 15, 2013  08:56 AM ET
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I thought watching the Dolphins was torture.I guess the thinking is if they improve the stadium then the fans will fill the seats, just like the Marlins are filling up their new stadium.

with only thirty fans in the stands, they can sit really far apart and enjoy the breeze....

January 15, 2013  09:20 AM ET
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Ross certainly didn't make things any easier for his ticket sales dept with his 'torture chamber' comment.

I was thinking the same thing - image you work in the sales department - your pay, i assume, is at least tied 50% to what you sell. The head of the organization compares what he is paying you to sell to a "torture chamber" - thanks Stephie - the crappy product wasn't hard enough to sell.....

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January 15, 2013  09:36 AM ET
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Climate change has been a constant since the day this planet was formed. The notion that man is causing the current changes is ridiculous.

The polar caps are melting, and glaciers are receeding. 2012 globally and nationally was the warmest year on record.

Global warming is real. What is in question is how much of the problem is due to natural causes, both cyclical and episodic, and how much is caused by greenhouse gasses emitted by man-made sources.

The only thing we know for certain is that we aren't helping the situation.

January 15, 2013  09:41 AM ET

the stadium is the only thing thats HOT, its certainly not tha team itself...ha

 
January 15, 2013  09:44 AM ET
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The polar caps are melting, and glaciers are receeding. 2012 globally and nationally was the warmest year on record.Global warming is real. What is in question is how much of the problem is due to natural causes, both cyclical and episodic, and how much is caused by greenhouse gasses emitted by man-made sources.The only thing we know for certain is that we aren't helping the situation.

I'm doing my best. I've cut back on the foods that give me gas.

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