Sun Life Stadium is the home of the University of Miami Hurricanes, and the National Football League Miami Dolphins. Sun Life Stadium also plays home to the Orange Bowl, one of the most prestigious bowl games in America. In addition to big name concerts, this stadium stays busy all-year long
Sun Life Stadium began life as Joe Robbie Stadium in the late '80s. By the mid-'90s, the name was changes to Pro Player Stadium, and to three other names by the time Sun Life brought the naming rights to the stadium. But whatever name it goes by, one thing that has remained the same is that the stadium is one of the busiest in the country, hosting an array of big events every year.
But one of the drawbacks of Sun Life Stadium is its out-of-the-way location. Sun Life Stadium is not located in the city of Miami, but in Miami Gardens, a middle class suburb about 20 minutes north of downtown Miami.
Getting to Sun Life Stadium by car can be a challenge, as traffic in South Florida can get really congested, especially in the area around Sun Life Stadium.
But if you don't have a car, getting to Sun Life Stadium from Miami and points south will be even more difficult, but it is not impossible. Miami-Dade Transit is the public transit provider for Miami-Date County, and the agency runs special bus lines to get public transit riders to the stadium. Here is how you can get their by public transit.
MetroBus route 99 (Miami Gardens/Aventura Mall)
Metro Bus route 99 runs from Aventura Mall to the Miami Gardens Park & Ride Lot at Miami Gardens Drive and Northwest 73rd Avenue. Metro Bus 99 has a stop on the west side of Sun Life Stadium on Northwest 27th Avenue. Keep in mind that the stadium is a five-block walk, so bring your walking shoes.
MetroBus route 27 (Calder Race Track/Coconut Grove Metrorail Station)
Metro Bus route 27 runs from the Calder Race Track to the Coconut Grove Metrorail Station. Metro Bus 27 has a stop for Sun Life Stadium on the west side of the parking lot on Northwest 27th Avenue, but be advised that you are going to be in for a long walk to get to the stadium, so wear comfortable shoes.
MetroBus MAX route 297 (Miami International Airport Orange Line)
The Metro Bus MAX 297 will get you to the stadium faster than the slower routes 27 and 99, but the drawback to this route is it only runs on the weekends, so if you’re attending a Dolphins Game, you will have to use the 27 or the 99 to get to the stadium. You can board the 297 from either the Miami International Airport Metrorail Station or either the Brownsville or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Stations. The stop is on the west side of the stadium on 27th Avenue, and like the other routes, the walk to the stadium requires you to cross Sun Life Stadium's vast parking lot, so where comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk!