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Miami Hurricanes to leave Orange Bowl

Aug. 21, 2007 at 12:50 PM   |   Comments

CORAL GABLES, Fla., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The University of Miami said it would play its home football games at Dolphin Stadium beginning in 2008, ending a 70-year association with the Orange Bowl.

"We are committed to providing the best facilities for our student-athletes and fans," Miami Athletic Director Paul Dee said. "The decision to move to Dolphin Stadium was made for that reason. Our student-athletes will be playing in one of the best facilities in the country and the 'fan experience' will be first-class."

The Miami Hurricanes have played their home games in the Orange Bowl since 1937 and built an NCAA-record 50-game home field winning streak at the field from 1985-94. More than 17 million people have seen Hurricane football games at the Orange Bowl.

School officials promised that traditions such as the Miami Ring of Honor and the "Touchdown Tommy" cannon, which is fired after each Hurricanes touchdown, would continue in Dolphins Stadium.

The last scheduled game for the Hurricanes at the Orange Bowl is Nov. 10 against Virginia.

Dolphins Stadium, which is expected to be renamed for a "neutral" corporate sponsor, is home to its namesake NFL team and the FedEx Orange Bowl.

Topics: Paul Dee
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