The Miami Hurricanes currently play their home games in SunLife Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins. The university moved its team there following demolition of the original Miami Orange Bowl in 2008.
Matt Porter of The Palm Beach Post is now reporting that the team could be looking to move again, this time back south and much closer to UM’s campus in Coral Gables. Miami is currently in talks with David Beckham’s group over potentially sharing a brand new stadium.
In revealing plans for a 20- to 25,000-seat stadium at the PortMiami site on Biscayne Bay for David Beckham’s budding Major League Soccer club, John Alschuler, Beckham’s real estate developer, said the group is in talks with the University of Miami about sharing a stadium.
The venue would have to be designed to scale to approximately 40,000 seats in order to make it feasible for the Hurricanes.
Alschuler told the Miami Herald sharing a stadium with UM would require the building to expand to “about 40,000 seats” and would complicate parking and event scheduling. He said the Beckham group expects to decide within 60 days whether the UM idea is feasible.
If Bekcham’s group is able to make a dual-use stadium work for Miami, the university still has a 25-year lease hanging over its head with SunLife Stadium.
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