Installation Of Roof At Dolphins Stadium Ready To Begin As Soon As Season Ends

In a parking lot next to Sun Life Stadium, 14,000 tons of steel trusses are being painted and stored.

When the Dolphins season ends, the trusses will be hoisted by a crane hundreds of feet in the air to form a massive canopy that will shield fans from the elements. Eight columns that will support the structure have already been erected.

The canopy will be a rubberized, flexible membrane with a translucent inner lip, according to the Sun Sentinel. A 30-foot gap between the upper bowl seats will allow for air to flow and has passed hurricane tests in a wind-tunnel test.

With the roof installed, all seats in the stadium will be covered, with about 92 percent shielded from the sun. A drainage system is designed to prevent water from falling onto the crowd during rainstorms.