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Report: Miami Dolphins to Move Preseason Opener to Orlando

Smells fishy

Miami Dolphins fans who were looking forward to getting their first glimpse of their renovated stadium are going to have to wait an extra week at least, as their preseason opener scheduled for Aug. 25 against the Atlanta Falcons has been moved to Orlando's Camping World Stadium, per Channel 10.

The news comes a week after the NFL announced Super Bowl LIV in 2020 will be held in Miami.

While many will speculate it's because the stadium construction is behind schedule, the Dolphins insist that isn't the case.

With the NFL's Pro Bowl moving to Orlando in 2017, Dolphins officials claim the move was made to give the league an opportunity to observe stadium operations.

However, reports say that construction delays at what is now called New Miami Stadium forced the Dolphins hand.

WKMG in Orlando, Local 10's sister station, reports NFL sources say the game will be moved to give more time for stadium renovations.

A source told WKMG's Sports Director David Pingalore, "A week's more of work is an eternity."

Sounds fishy.

While most Dolphins preseason games don't draw dynamic crowds, this one would have, as it was expected to be the first time fans could experience a fully renovated stadium (temporarily titled New Miami Stadium), with the installation of the canopy and new scoreboards.

Season ticketholders who choose not to attend the game in Orlando will be refunded.

Miami's home preseason game against Tennessee the following week remains as scheduled. For now.