Miami Hurricanes Will Not Be Moving Into Beckham's Stadium

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The Miami Hurricanes football team will not be moving to a stadium closer to their Coral Gables campus anytime soon. After pondering the idea of joining forces with David Beckham's MLS team to split a new stadium, the school has decided it will stay put at Sun Life Stadium.

That's not much of a surprise considering Beckham's group has now zeroed in on the idea of building a stadium on a filled-in boat slip between American Airlines Arena and Museum Park. A stadium large enough to house a college football team would likely put a damper on already mixed public sentiment.

According to Barry Jackson, the Beckham group and the university came to the mutual decision to rule out a partnership.

The Hurricanes currently have 18 years left on their agreement with Sun Life Stadium, and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was apparently not keen on the idea of letting the school out of the contract.

The idea of sharing a downtown space predates Beckham's current Museum Park plan, and under different circumstances may have been beneficial for approval of the stadium. The 'Canes are a proven entity in Miami with a built-in fan base and a strong network of alumni. Public sentiment may have been tipped if a new stadium meant the team would play closer to its campus.

However, the team would have only considered moving if the stadium would hold at least 40,000 people. Beckahm's current plan only calls for a 20,000-seat stadium, and renderings of the site plan have caught criticism for trying to downplay the size of a stadium of even that capacity. Add in parking questions, 20,000 more seats, and additional facilities, and the idea of the Canes sharing the space would only complicate the current plan.

The 'Canes remain the odd-team-out in Miami's latest round of stadium bingo. The team decided to give up its historic home at the former Orange Bowl so it could be demolished to build Marlins Park. They're now stuck playing at an often lightly attended Sun Life, 10 miles north of the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus.

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Danny Flesher
Danny Flesher

No one goes to Canes games anyways so there would be no traffic. #worstfans

Tu Madre
Tu Madre

RIP to the Orange bowl. BIGGEST mistake tearing it down for the marlins!

MLSforDowntownMiami
MLSforDowntownMiami

We would have loved to play in a stadium with the Canes - and we know Miami's own Major League Stadium will be filled for all 17 matches IF we as a community can embrace a privately-funded new park. 

The Southern Legion is 15,000+ strong who are eager to vote YES!

hclarke1
hclarke1

It's starting to look like Plan C - next to Marlins Park - has to be strongly considered. Sometimes you have to be flexible in life. It doesn't always pan out how you may want and you have to compromise to get as close to the desired goal as possible.

bryangarringer
bryangarringer

This team does not have a good fan base.  I have been a season ticket holder for 5 years.  I have been to almost every home game in that time.  WE have yet to fill the stadium.  I drive from JACKSONVILLE...over 5 hours away...people complain about 22 miles.  I have never seen Alabama fans or Gator Fans or Seminole Fans or Auburn Fans or Ohio St. Fans or Michigan fans or Notre Dame fans EVER complain about distance.  You either support the 'Canes or you don't.


jbtrauth
jbtrauth

10 miles?  Is that Canadian or something?

Vanessa Castro
Vanessa Castro

Nooooo no they won't why should they? I miss Miami but not this kinda crap

Carlos Rosario
Carlos Rosario

I've been analyzing this drawing and I found the scale of the project is not right..... Something is off

rusg19
rusg19

"The team decided to give up its historic home at the former Orange Bowl so it could be demolished to build Marlins Park. They're now stuck playing at an often lightly attended Sun Life, 10 miles north of the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus." 


Sunlife stadium is 22 miles north of the Coral Gables campus.

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

With the dimensions of Marlins Park, I would've thought UM would play there before a 25,000 seat soccer stadium ?

TK Small
TK Small

That's ashamed , they need to get out of that boring sunlife stadium.

Christopher A. Haik
Christopher A. Haik

They should juat refit marlins park for football. That doesn't seem unfeasable

Josh Colletta
Josh Colletta

I'll keep repeating it as long as I have to: build it next to Marlins Park or don't build it at all. That site was intended for an MLS stadium, the taxpayers paid for it with that in the plans, and that's what needs to be done. Even being the Canes fan that I am, if they had signed onto Beckham's Bungle, I would still oppose it.

Larry Shane
Larry Shane

I like how the tagline infers that its a done deal. ;)

Kevin Clark
Kevin Clark

yay another generic "Miami" on my dolphins field

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter



Every year, millions of taxpayer dollars are poured into stadiums, 
hockey rinks, baseball parks, and other arenas in order to attract and retain 
professional sports teams in big cities.  Often the money is spent by 
the cities after a team "threatens" to leave the city.When that happens, of course, the local news media act as the willing accomplices of the billionaires who own the teams.When city and state governments build facilities for sports organizations which are owned by billionaires, and raise taxes as a result, it is clearly an abuse of power the infrastructure Is falling apart and the schools are in decline with overcrowding and not enough quality teachers no after school programs no firemen,  no policemen, no health programs for the poor. also the cites  are always going to be in debt. this thing do make money.

it time for more recalls /jail time

MLSforDowntownMiami
MLSforDowntownMiami

@hclarke1 There is no transit. The 'March to the Match' is something soccer fans have longed for and deserve to have in Miami, too.

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