Group lobbies for football stadium near UM campus – NBC 6 South Florida

If, by chance, a Miami Hurricanes football stadium were built at Coral Gables High School, the acres of athletic fields on campus would become the imprint of the huge facility.

The site is just one of them being considered for a host field for “The U”.

“We received 95% support on the notion of stadium… even on the notion of stadium at Coral Gables High School,” said Miami lawyer and philanthropist John Ruiz, inventor of the building effort. ‘a stadium.

For years, the ‘Canes have played where the Miami Dolphins play – first at the Orange Bowl and now at Hard Rock Stadium. Over time, there has been talk of playing at your own stadium closer to the Coral Gables campus.

Earlier this week, information leaked about the project and Ruiz said it had collapsed – becoming rumors that the school building would be demolished.

He said it’s not, a committee is working on locations.

Diana Diaz, former news anchor and co-chair of the panel set up to find a potential location, says Coral Gables High is a treasure and is not going anywhere.

“It was disappointing because the misinformation resulted in a lot more anger and fear,” she said. ” It was not necessary. We never intended to demolish a historic school that I’m very deeply rooted to and connected to. “

Ruiz said the stadium would be a huge boon and not just for the college football team.

“This is how we can compete,” Ruiz said. “And not just sports competition, academic competition, because children want to go to a school that offers good sports. It’s part of the college experience.

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