Glorious grass: The playing field is installed at New Miami Stadium

A welcome sight for the Dolphins and Hurricanes: we have grass.

The sod is down (reportedly a rare, very expensive type of sod). The field is growing (lot of rain around here lately, so it’s a good thing the canopy has an open middle. Stephen Ross can save on water bills).

Another sign UM will play its Sept. 3 season-opener at home after all (the Dolphins break in the field with a Sept. 1 preseason game).

No, the stadium is not finished. But having an actual playing field inside the place, rather than dirt and cranes, is a significant step.

It also helps one visualize an actual game. The seats being moved closer to the field would seem to make for a more intimate atmosphere, which was one goal of the Dolphins’ $550 million renovation. Once all the roof tiles are in place, they can check another item off the list: putting 90 percent of the fans in the shade for the entire game.

Here are photos Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel shared:

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