The Miami Open is planning to remain in South Florida but will shift north if a deal between tournament organizers and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez comes to fruition.
The tennis tournament that has lived in Key Biscayne since 1987 will move to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens starting in 2019, pending approval from county commissioners, per Channel 10.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has pledged to pour millions into a facility in the Hard Rock Stadium parking lot. The Herald reports the actual finals of the tournament will be played inside the stadium.
The roadblock for remaining in Key Biscayne was a legal battle between the county and the heirs of the Matheson family over renovating and expanding the current facilities at Crandon Park. (Note: Bruce Matheson is also trying to stop David Beckham’s MLS stadium from rising in Overtown.)
Meanwhile, a Curbed poll from March shows 53 percent are against the tennis tournament from moving to The Rock, however, we imagine the number would be lower if the alternative was losing the tournament entirely.
Hard Rock Stadium is the home of the Miami Dolphins, the Miami Hurricanes, the Orange Bowl, and various other events throughout the year.