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Dolphins ponder using tarps

Team says too many seats are in upper deck at Sun Life Stadium. Terry McCormick

Print This June 18, 2012, 12:37 PM EST

The Miami Dolphins say there are too many upper deck seats and not enough lower bowl seats at Sun Life Stadium.

So, in lieu of not having the money to remedy the problem, the Dolphins may be looking at a temporary fix - borrowing an idea from the Jacksonville Jaguars - and covering a portion of the stadium's seats with tarps.

"We have the furthest distance from the sidelines with our lower bowl in the NFL," team president Mike Dee told the Miami Herald. "We have the fewest number of seats in that lower seating level between the 20 yard lines, between the goal lines, in the NFL. Not just the facilities that compete for Super Bowls. We've got to fix that ...

"At the same time, we may look to amend capacity in areas where we may have too much. Right now, we have the largest upper deck in the NFL -- 35,000 seats. The next facility in line is 27,000. The Redskins took 10,000 seats out of their upper deck this past year. We're looking at all those things to retrofit the stadium to today's standards."

Yes, the economy is to blame in part of the Dolphins' issues, but it's odd that the team didn't seem to have this problem 20 years ago when Dan Marino was under center or 40 years ago when it was going 17-0 (even though that was in the old Orange Bowl).

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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