The University of Miami Hurricanes announced that they will be leaving the Orange Bowl after the 2008 season, thus ending a 70-year relationship with the now decaying facility.
The move sets the stage for another Florida franchise that is desperate for a new facility: The Florida Marlins. The Marlins could use the property, but using the Orange Bowl as is would seem extremely unfavorable. The Marlins lease with Wayne Huizinga in Dolphin Stadium ends in 2010. Given the Hurricane’s move into the facility, an extension seems unlikely.
The Hurricanes will move into Wayne Huizinga’s Dolphin Stadium, upon agreeing to a 25-year lease agreement today. As reported by the AP:
Miami first played at the Orange Bowl, about eight miles from its campus, in 1937. The Hurricanes won three national championship games on that field, had a NCAA-record 58-game home winning streak from 1985 through 1994 and have drawn more than 17 million fans there over the years.
But the stadium’s facade is rusting, upgrades are needed and the building lacks many amenities that modern stadiums have — such as the luxury suites and video replay screens that helped lure Miami to the home of the Dolphins.
“The move to the stadium and the superior facilities that it offers will greatly enhance our recruiting efforts,” Miami coach Randy Shannon said.
Read more on the Hurricanes’ announcement here on The Biz of Football.
See artist renderings of the proposed Marlins Stadium here on The Biz of Baseball
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