Super Bowl LIV was one for the books, especially for Kansas City fans. After fifty years, the Kansas City Chiefs finally clinched the title and brought back the trophy. While most fans were enjoying the game with family and friends, we were busy scoping out the stunning design of the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. We were especially interested in the roof (of course!). While it didn’t receive as much attention as Patrick Mahomes did, we did uncover some fun facts about this unique venue.
#1. A Costly Project
One fun truth about the Hard Rock Stadium is that the National Football League (NFL) essentially bullied Miami into upgrading the facility. The League refused to consider Miami as a Super Bowl site unless a major overhaul was completed. However, renovations are easier said than done. The planning for the roof was a long time coming, and the renovation plans fell through on multiple occasions due to budget constraints. That’s probably attributable to the sticker price of this rooftop – it came in at around $350 million. Thankfully, roofs in Kansas City don’t come close to that dollar amount.
#2. A Tech-Heavy Project
Kansas City roofing contractors were especially impressed with the design of the Hard Rock’s retractable canopy. The stadium itself is 30 years old, so adding something as innovative and forward-thinking as a rooftop canopy was a reach on this first-of-its-kind project. The architecture and mass of this rooftop are awe-inspiring (the roof canvas weighs 17,000 tons and spans 14 acres). The TPO structure is 350 feet tall and is supported by eight reinforced concrete columns that were designed to withstand Florida’s high winds. Three-dimensional modeling technology was used during each phase of this revolutionary project.
#3. Time Crunch
What’s equally impressive is that this rooftop canopy was built within the time constraints placed on this project. The roofing contractor, Dallas-based SRG Roofing, had the extremely tight deadline of getting the roof done by the season opener in September. When we consider the short timeline combined with constant rain, wind, and other typical weather conditions in South Florida, it’s incredible that this project got done at all. Our hardhats are off to SRG Roofing!
Ready to Check Out Your Roof?
Don’t worry. Roofs in Kansas City are much easier to manage than this monstrosity – and they’re less expensive, too! While Kansas City roofing contractors would love to get their hands on a project like this, their real expertise lies in serving the greater Kansas City community. Whether you need a routine roof inspection, want to add solar panels to your roof, or are looking for a complete roof re-do, our team at Shamrock Roofing and Construction is your go-to roofing company. Give us a call today to find out more about the services we offer.