Q&A on the News

Q: What is the current name of the stadium where the Orange Bowl was played? How many names has it had?

—Bob Strickland, Lawrenceville

A: The Orange Bowl is played at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

The stadium gained the new name when Hard Rock International and the Miami Dolphins agreed to an 18-year deal in August.

This is the seventh name for the stadium, which opened in 1987.

The others, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

  • Joe Robbie Stadium (1987-95)
  • Pro Player Park/Stadium (1996-2004)
  • Dolphins Stadium (2005)
  • Dolphin Stadium (2006-08)
  • Land Shark Stadium (2009)
  • Sun Life Stadium (2010-16)

The Dolphins and the University of Miami’s football team play their home games at Hard Rock Stadium, which underwent a $500 million renovation prior to the 2016 football season.

The Florida Marlins also played there until Marlins Park opened in 2012.

Q: I would like to know who plays the trumpet in the iPhone commercial with the gentleman diving off the board. It is one of my favorite commercials and it doesn’t bother me to watch it over and over again.

—Kurt Jocoy, Conyers

A: Arturo Sandoval plays "La Virgen de La Macarena" in the iPhone 7 commercial.

Sandoval, a musician and composer, was born in Cuba and toured with Dizzy Gillespie. He defected to the United States in 1990, became a U.S. citizen in 1998 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.

“La Virgen de La Macarena” is on his album titled “Trumpet Evolution.” It is available on iTunes.

Andy Johnston with Fast Copy News Service wrote this column. Do you have a question? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or email q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).