Yes, this is the same place.
In the top photo, shot by Getty Images in 2009, the stadium formerly known as Joe Robbie, Pro Player, Dolphins, Land Shark and Sun Life Stadium sits empty Miami-Duke game.
The bottom photo was shared by the Dolphins on social media this week. It shows Zika-treated, wholly redone Hard Rock Stadium in (most of) its glory: a new canopy roof and video boards; seating areas slightly reduced in number and upgraded in quality; a more intimate playing field and shade. Lots of it. And protection from the elements, for which fans will likely be thankful next Saturday when Miami opens the season against Florida A&M (6 p.m., ESPN3.com).
Doesn’t even look like the same 29-year-old building, but it is.
Work on the roof is ongoing (visible in the photo by the shadows that cover almost the entire left side of the field; those interior tiles have yet to be filled in all the way around) and the suites and concourses will get upgrades well into 2017. But at this point, it’s quite the difference, no?
(h/t Preston Feiler for the idea)