New Renderings Show Proposed UM Football Stadium at Tropical Park Site – NBC 6 South Florida

Less than two weeks before the start of the University of Miami Hurricanes’ 2022 college football season, the son of one of the school’s biggest boosters shows off the latest renderings of a stadium project at Tropical Park .

Johnny Ruiz, the son of billionaire UM booster and graduate John Ruiz, released renderings of the stadium from HKS Architects.

After an initial plan to build a new football stadium in the city of Coral Gables met with backlash, Ruiz set his sights on the location nine miles from the school’s campus, as opposed to the 30 miles of UM’s current home ground, Hard Rock Stadium.

“It will be at 4 Tropical Park – there are about 270 acres there,” Ruiz told the Miami New Times in May. “The design is top notch, it’s beautiful, I’ve seen it several times already.”

Ruiz said he spoke to the architectural firm that built SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. — site of February’s Super Bowl LVI — about building a 65,000-seat stadium on the west side of the south-facing park. -west of 40th Street.

Ruiz told NBC 6 in February that the site would also include facilities for high school teams and the public.

“It’s kind of a complete, whole landscape for the community,” Ruiz said. “So the schools in Dade County, a lot of them don’t have baseball fields, a lot of them don’t have football fields. They don’t have the right facilities for basketball- ball, volleyball, tennis. So this will incorporate all of it and provide a forum for all of those sports to play.”

Ruiz said the park would have a police and fire station and a place where a helicopter could land in an emergency.

The 1987 UM grad publicly began the stadium push days after the Hurricanes signed Mario Cristobal — who Ruiz is related to by marriage — on Dec. 7, 2021.

Ruiz originally proposed to build a stadium on the site of Coral Gables High School, which faced opposition from the city and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

UM has played its home games at Hard Rock Stadium since the 2008 season, a move that came after spending more than seven decades at the historic Orange Bowl.

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