By ANDREA HUETE
Last year, Miami Hurricanes held two scrimmages leading up to the traditional spring football game at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.
This year, the team announced that due to the renovations at Hard Rock Stadium, there will be no spring football game.
Instead, the team is having 13 open practices that are open to news media only, which means fans are out of luck.
- Saturday, March 25, 9:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, March 28, 9:30 a.m.
- Thursday, March 30, 9:30 a.m.
- Saturday, April 1, 9:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, April 4, 9:30 a.m.
- Thursday, April 6, 9:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, April 11, 9:30 a.m.
- Thursday, April 13, 9:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, April 18, 9:30 a.m.
- Thursday, April 20, 9:30 a.m.
- Saturday, April 22, 12 p.m.
The Hurricanes went through a similar situation last football season. The team was unsure if the first game against the FAMU Rattlers would be able to be held at Hard Rock Stadium, also due to renovations.
The renovations at Hard Rock Stadium were a $500 million project. The new stadium includes shade over most of the seating, which is great for the unpredictable Miami weather, as well as four brand new jumbotrons in each corner of the stadium. They also created a designated space for fans that Uber, which is a smart move to prevent drinking and driving.
This year marks the third phase of the renovations, which will mostly be final touches and club level upgrades.
These new renovations unfortunately mean no spring game for the Miami Hurricanes this year, however this does mean more non-sporting related events such as concerts. The renovations to the new stadium also allowed Miami to secure the 2020 Super Bowl.
From the finished renovations I was able to see last football season, the new stadium looks gorgeous and it’s much more enjoyable not having the sun on the back of your neck while cheering on your favorite team. Hopefully, this season people are able to enjoy the new multi-million dollar amenities.