Workers begin latest phase of Dolphins stadium renovation

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Workers have begun removing seats at the Miami Dolphins’ stadium in the latest phase of a $350 million renovation.

The first seats to come out Monday were in the upper deck. The lower bowl will be redesigned before the 2015 season, and a canopy over the stands will be erected next year. Upgrades of the suites and scoreboards are also planned.

Work began last summer, but the bulk of the construction was delayed until after the Dolphins completed their season last month. All work is to be finished before the start of the 2016 season.

The stadium opened in 1987. Team owner Steve Ross is paying for the renovation, and Miami-Dade County has agreed to pay incentives to the Dolphins for hosting the Super Bowl and other major events.