It’s the tailgate party without the hassle of driving, parking or food prep.
That seems to be the appeal of the Dolphins Express bus service which has been running to Miami Dolphins games from Duffy’s Sports Grills since 2009.
Dolphins Express game packages went on sale this week for the upcoming season. At the moment it is the only way to get Dolphins single-game tickets for 2012.
Buses will be running to Sun Life Stadium from nine Duffy’s locations between Broward and Brevard counties, as well as several Ford dealerships on the Naples/Fort Myers area.
Along with the roundtrip ride the deal includes a ticket to the game and food and drinks at the pregame tailgate party at the stadium.
Prices are the same as in 2011: $89 with a game ticket in the 400 level, $134 with a lower-bowl seat.
The Dolphins Express has been gaining popularity since it debuted for the 2009 season due to value and convenience, according to Jim Rushton, Dolphins chief revenue officer.
“For $89, you can go to the game, and you get that pregame meal. You get the ride, and essentially parking as well,” Rushton said.
Last season it cost $30 for parking at Dolphins games.
Be advised that the tailgate spread is not gourmet. The fare is burgers, hotdogs, chips, etc. Alcoholic beverages are not included in the price, but can be purchased at a cash bar.
Another option is being added this season for groups of 10 or more to ride the Dolphins Express and have access to the Duffy’s Hall of Champions sports bar on the club level of Sun Life Stadium. That includes the all-you-can-eat buffet as well as beer and wine.
The group rate, including the bus, is $300 per person. Last season seats with all-inclusive access to Duffy’s Hall of Champions were $250.
Spots on the bus, including game ticket, can be booked at Duffy’s Sports Grills. Or call the Dolphins at 1-888-FINS-BUS or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. More details are available on the Dolphins’ site.
These are the pickoff and dropoff locations (parking is free):
Duffy's of Melbourne: 1700 Evans Rd, Melbourne 32904
Duffy's of Jupiter East: 185 E Indiantown Rd, Jupiter 33458
Duffy's of The Villages Inc: 721 Village Blvd., West Palm Beach 33409
Duffy's of Boynton: 4746 North Congress Ave, Boynton Beach 33426
Duffy's of Superplay USA: 1608 NW Courtyard Cir., Port St. Lucie 34986
Duffy's of Royal Palm Beach West: 11943 Southern Blvd, Royal Palm Beach 33411
Duffy's of Delray: 1750 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach 33483
Duffy's of Coconut Creek: 4800 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Coconut Creek 33073
Duffy's of Plantation: 811 S. University Drive, Plantation 33324
On the Gulf Coast:
Tamiami Ford: 1471 North Airport Road, Naples
Coconut Point Ford: 22400 South Tamiami Trail, Estero
Sam Galloway Ford: 1800 Boy Scout Drive, Fort Myers