Sun Life Stadium -- Miami

Updated: December 17, 2010, 1:40 PM ET
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ORANGE BOWL: STANFORD vs. VIRGINIA TECH, JAN. 3, 8:30 P.M. ET

THE BASICS

• Stadium name: Sun Life Stadium
• Address: 2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami Gardens, FL 33056
• Home team: Miami Dolphins, Florida Marlins, Miami Hurricanes
• Capacity: 75,540
• Opened: 1987
• Surface: Grass
• Tickets: Buy tickets
• Passport: Are you going?
• Driving distance from Gator Bowl in Jacksonville: 335 miles, 5 hours.
• Distance from downtown Miami: Stadium is 16 miles northwest of downtown.
• Web sites: Bowl site | Stadium | Seating chart | Directions/Parking | Twitter
• TV: ESPN
• City Guide: Miami

BOWL EVENT

Bud Light Orange Bowl Tailgate Party, Jan. 3, 11:30 a.m. ET, Sun Life Stadium
Located in the northwest bus parking lot, the pregame festivities feature top musical talent, interactive games, sports memorabilia, the Orange Bowl Memory Lane, contests and food. Tickets are $20.

FOOD & DRINK

Seafood
Joe's Stone Crab
11 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-673-0365 | website
Joe's is open only during stone crab season from mid-October to mid-May, so maybe that's why people don't mind the wait. And a wait it is, sometimes two hours or longer for this landmark restaurant that does not take reservations. It offers a full menu of stone crab claws, as well as other seafood and a variety of steaks, ribs and chicken.

Sidewalk cafe
News Cafe
800 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-538-6397 | website
Open 24 hours, this is a laid-back yet trendy spot on South Beach. Opened in 1988 with a few tables, a couple of bookshelves and a newspaper kiosk, the restaurant today boasts a sprawling sidewalk business with an interesting newsstand and gift shop.

Steak/sports bar
Shula's Steakhouse
6842 Main St.
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
305-820-8047 | website
NFL coaching great Don Shula's signature restaurant has an elegant look, yet it's an odd experience in which one orders from a menu printed on a football positioned at the table on a kicking tee. Certified Angus beef doesn't come cheap, and the sides are priced a la carte. But the nationally renowned steakhouse always finds a way to make the cut for those willing to pay for quality.

Sports bar
Little Hoolie's
13135 S.W. 89th Place
Miami, FL 33176
305-252-9155 | website
OK, if you are looking for a typical South Beach establishment, keep looking. Little Hoolie's is more for the locals, especially those middle-agers who haven't stopped listening to 1980s classic rock. Little Hoolie's has several drink specials and a happy hour from 2 to 8 p.m. Live, loud music, cheap drinks and sports on TV. What else do you need?

ATTRACTIONS

Art Deco Historic District
Welcome Center at 1001 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-672-2014 | website
The hub of Miami Beach is South Beach (or SoBe), and the hub of South Beach is the Art Deco District. New high-rises and hotels spring up quickly, and clubs open with dizzying speed. The area features more than 800 historic buildings erected during the 1920s, '30s and '40s, and a variety of architectural styles.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
One Seminole Way
Hollywood, FL 33314
866-502-7529 | website
This is not Vegas, but it does have thousands of video slot machines and poker tables, plus a 4.5-acre lagoon-style pool similar to the one at the Hard Rock in Vegas. The entertainment complex has two clubs open around the clock, along with restaurants and stores.

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