Should the Miami Hurricanes Play in Beckham's Proposed Soccer Stadium Too?

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The fact that the Miami Hurricanes are stuck playing 21 miles away from campus in Sun Life Stadium sucks. The likelihood of the team ever getting their own stadium is slim. It's a situation without many solutions, so news that there's at least some interest in the Hurricanes perhaps becoming a tenant in David Beckham's proposed MLS stadium is certainly intriguing.

Barry Jackson says that both sides have had preliminary discussion. There are of course a lot of details that stand in the way:

  • There's about two decades left on the University of Miami's agreement with Sun Life Stadium
  • Beckham's MLS stadium would likely just need about 25,000 seats, a common number for newer built MLS stadiums. The 'Canes however say they need at least 40,000 (which would make it the third smallest stadium in the ACC, by the way).
  • The 'Canes would also need larger locker rooms, and particular parking arrangements (What's college football without tailgating after all?)
  • The extra demands and concerns needed to build a stadium fit for both the Miami Beckhams and the Miami Hurricanes could make finding the perfect site all the much harder.

Though, the idea of moving the Hurricanes home field back into City of Miami limits has numerous advantages:

  • Students could likely return to taking the trip to the stadium via Metrorail like they did to the Orange Bowl. Depending on the situation the school might not even need to rent out busses to complete the trip from the Metrorail stop to the actual stadium.
  • No more embarrassing seas of empty orange seats broadcast on television!
  • Increased crowd noise!
  • Pretty much the only realistic chance the team will have to play outside of Miami Gardens for decades.

The advantages for Beckham and his team of investors are there too:

  • The Miami Hurricane fan base and brand actually exists, and having a preexisting team that stirs strong local sentiment in play as part of negotiations could help with negotiations and public opinion.
  • Extra stadium revenue obviously!
  • A stadium built to accommodate college football could someday attract a bowl game as well.

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matthewwild151
matthewwild151

A new 40,000 seat stadium would almost certainly sell out for UM football every game; perhaps some may not be be able to get tickets, however full stadiums look VERY good to recruits, and to fans around the country so I think it'd be worth it because it would elevate the status of the UM program.


And also 25,000 I think would be too small for a new MLS team anyways; maybe not in the first couple of seasons, but as the MLS grows, ticket demand will grow as well, eventually filling those seats.

George Romero
George Romero

Bah, soccer sucks... Actually all ball sports di

Marley Brooker
Marley Brooker

Lol Kevin when was the last time mre than 30k went to a cane game??

Kevin Jaggers
Kevin Jaggers

All of the MLS stadiums seat less than 30,000, It will be way to small for the Hurricanes.

Jessica Bailey Weatherspoon
Jessica Bailey Weatherspoon

Yes. One of the best parts about college is going to football games. All that money that the student pay to go there, they should at least have a closer stadium.

Sean O'Hanlon
Sean O'Hanlon

Edward, That's irrelevant as it's called the University of MIAMI...

Edward Delatorre
Edward Delatorre

Coral gables isn't the city of miami like the article states

Edward Delatorre
Edward Delatorre

I think he's planning to put the stadium in the downtown miami area.

Gary Brack
Gary Brack

coral gables wont let them build a stadium, dont want the extra traffic and people

Johnna Alvarez
Johnna Alvarez

Coral gables is a nightmare city to build anything in.....

Mitchell Torres
Mitchell Torres

Ross will go down fighting if it meant letting UM out of their lease. Now...if it's UM soccer, then that's a different story.

Adam Hussler
Adam Hussler

that would be awesome. part of the reason i stopped attending UM games is because of the drive

Damian Doss
Damian Doss

I think the two will complement each other!

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

Clearly you don't know what you're talking about:

8/30 - 50,151

9/7 - 76,968

9/21 - 42,571

10/5 - 47,008

10/26 - 66,160

11/9 - 49,267

11/23 - 44,732

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

Why don't they?  NIMBYs.

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