CORAL GABLES, FL -- Miami's football program is abandoning
the historic but decaying Orange Bowl after seven decades. The
Hurricanes will play home games at Dolphin Stadium starting in
The university's trustees have signed off on the much-debated
move, which could generate two million dollars or more in extra
revenue annually for the Hurricanes' athletic department. City
officials unsuccessfully tried to keep Miami at the Orange Bowl by
promising 206 million dollars in upgrades.
The Orange Bowl is about eight miles from the Miami campus. The
Canes started playing there in 1937. They 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.
Miami's first game in Dolphin Stadium is scheduled for August
30th, 2008, against North Texas. But Hurricanes athletic director
Paul Dee said the school is negotiating to bring a different
opponent in for that date.