Dolphins say stadium project will be done in time for season

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) The first game of the 2016 season is three months away for the Miami Dolphins, and their stadium is far from ready.

But team officials say they're on schedule with a major renovation project, thanks to crews working around the clock since late December.

Officials gave a tour of the stadium Thursday, and the scope of the project was underscored by the enormous cranes towering above in all directions. In the stadium's four corners, a skeletal assembly of trusses awaited a new canopy.

In short, the place is a mess. That's the reason team president Tom Garfinkel keeps hearing the same question. He said the project is on schedule, and barring unforeseen circumstances, the stadium will be football-ready for the start of the season.

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