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Sony Open unveils plans for upgrades to complex

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP)

Sony Open officials unveiled plans Wednesday for a $50 million project to improve the tournament site, with work scheduled to begin after next year's event.

The plans include three new stadiums, upgrading the current stadium and adding an acre of green space. The new stadiums would seat 3,000 to 6,000.

The project will be paid for by IMG, which owns and operates the tournament. A Miami-Dade County park near Miami has been the site of the event since 1987, and the project received approval in a voter referendum.

Completion of the project, to be done in three phases, is scheduled before the start of the 2017 tournament.

''What we're looking for is to make it a better park, a better playing facility for the players, more comfortable for our guests,'' tournament director Adam Barrett said. ''It's so important to us to keep Miami our home, IMG has allocated tournament-generated revenues.''

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