Hurricane Irma continues to cause damage in Florida, but the storm has finally left South Florida, leaving folks to figure out just how bad the damage is.
The Dolphins, who evacuated to Los Angeles ahead of next week’s game against the Chargers, believe Hard Rock Stadium experienced some tornado activity. One team source told the Miami Herald they won’t know the extent of any structural damages until engineers can get on the grounds and perform an inspection.
Update on status of Hard Rock Stadium from a team source: pic.twitter.com/PPeSSwE2aR
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) September 11, 2017
Some photos shared by Dolphins president/CEO Tom Garfinkel showed several downed trees by the parking lots, but the stadium’s canopy appeared to hold up.
Hard Rock Stadium, which was renovated before the 2016 season, is built to withstand Category 4 winds. Marlins Park, which is 15 miles south of Hard Rock, appeared to have sustained some roof damage from tornados during the storm.
Looks like the outer membrane of part of the roof peeled right off at Marlins Park. pic.twitter.com/qrze2Lxq5W
— MsMambo (@Ms_Mambo) September 11, 2017
If Hard Rock Stadium did sustain any structural damage, there will be plenty of time for repairs. The Dolphins first “home” game of the season is Oct. 1 against the Saints, but that game will be played in London. They are not scheduled to play at Hard Rock Stadium until Oct. 8 against the Titans.