Renderings Released For Air-Conditioned UM Football Stadium With 60,000 Seats

The first renderings of a new University of Miami football stadium have been released, according to Local10.

The new stadium will have:

  • 60,000 seats (approximately)
  • air conditioning
  • retractable roof
  • floating scoreboard
  • luxury suites

The proposed stadium site is at Tropical Park, around 10 minutes from the UM campus. UM currently plays at Hard Rock Stadium, which can be around 30 minutes from campus.

Backers say that the stadium will be privately funded (although it is being proposed on public land). The goal is a deal similar to the new MLS soccer stadium, according to booster John H. Ruiz.

HKS Architecture, which designed SoFi Stadium near Los Angeles and AT&T Stadium near Dallas, is the architect.

 

 


 

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peej
1 month ago

What an absolute joke, why doesn’t UM coordinate with Beckham & Inter Miami to share that stadium?

This is completely unnecessary when the other is scheduled to be built in fairly close proximity, not to mention UM fans will only actually fill this to capacity for marquee matchups.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I cant second this sentiment enough. Its utterly ridiculous that we’d shave off more public land–especially in a low-density area around tropical park–for private enterprises, especially when there’s already a stadium plan in the works.

make them work together, or dont let them do either. I dont care how exciting you make the stadium seem, I’m not punting tax dollars into another vanity project

Vince
1 month ago

The developer should be required to put some money into a reading comprehension school for Children Who Can’t Read Good and Wanna Learn to Do Other Stuff Good Too.

It’s public land that generates ZERO property tax income.
The developer is going to build with ZERO public money, and the stadium will at lease generate property tax revenue for the county. With the right programing, this underutilized asset could be an excellent public revenue source and economic engine.

Not Anonymous
1 month ago

Exactly, and when not used by UM, it could be used for public events like covid testing, concerts etc.

Anonymoose
1 month ago

green spaces have their own value. why would I think or care if a park generates income… the issue is it belongs to the people, and once its gone, it doesnt come back.

a stadium that charges entry for events is not analogous to green spaces that are free and virtually accessible at any time.

so if you’re going to give it away, it has to be a pretty fucking sweetheart deal to the people, and designed with an extremely prospective outlook of the city’s needs, density, and preservation of green spaces. sadly and frankly speaking, Miami has shown over and over that this won’t happen. one stadium is enough. we can’t keep forking over public land just for the sake of ekeing out every dollar possible

Lenny
30 days ago

“Green spaces have their own value”.
Okay. How many acres are there in Tropical Park?
Are some acres more valuable than another acres?
Sincere questions.
In over 30 years as a Miami-Dade taxpayer, I’ve been to Tropical Park.
But…I never stepped out of my car….I never utilizes ANY “Greenspace”.
I used lots and lots of parking lots. Asphalt everywhere.
“Greenspace has its own value” OKAY….what is that value.
Asphalt spaces have their own value.
What is that?

Great question that you asked, “why would I think or care if land generates income”….you SHOULD think about the highest and best use of real estate for The Next Miami. However, your post shows that you have no concern for punctuation, you curse in a public forum, and your thoughts and ideas are less than sophomoric.

Clearly, you do not own property , nor do you pay property taxes. It is likely a function of youth or lack of education, but you are certain to get older, and hopefully, wiser.

Learn about ground leases.
Gov’ts can lease out land for a defined period A deal does not have to be a giveaway, nor does it have to have a forewver term.

Anonymous
29 days ago

Clearly, you should have bought a place you could afford the property taxes on. SOH favors long time property owners and owner occupied over new buyers and investors, so if you’ve been in your home for more than just a few years you got no room to complain about high taxes…. you are paying a fraction of the taxes of new buyers and investors on comparable properties. They are subsidizing you. And if you ever again go to Tropical Park or any other park, make sure you get out of your car before forming an opinion about the park. lol

Parksaregood
30 days ago

Parks are nice too. Why does every untouched have to be developed. I like enjoying green space in a city. It’s what make the best most memorable cities great: their green space and walkability.

Clueless
29 days ago

Miami and vanity? Huh!

Anonymous
29 days ago

More like, “a lot of people who live in Miami and their vanity.”

peej
1 month ago

Also, here’s the REAL motivation for the stadium: making Tropical Park a satellite campus for UM. Sure, let’s expand the local PRIVATE school onto PUBLIC land.

https://twitter.com/johnhruiz/status/1562011547731361793?s=21&t=0Mp7wx6Q-6z_ucjxEyVpYw

Not Anonymous
1 month ago

Twitter? what a reliable source.

Anon
1 month ago

Lol the tweet is from the person proposing the stadium…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Who cares? There is soooooo much more in the world today to really care about. Geez Louise, listen to/read the news.

Pol
1 month ago

i thought they talk about sharing the stadium when they were pitching the project.

Anton
1 month ago

UM isn’t behind this. It’s an alumnus. He’s not coordinating with Beckham specifically because he and many others feel that UM should have its own stadium close to campus to ensure the long term success of the program. They make some valid points, but not all fans and alumni agree. I went to Miami for undergrad, have been a fence since the early 90’s and a season ticket holder for the last 20 years. Frankly, I love playing at a beautiful NFL stadium with great highway access and parking and that’s more convenient for the fanbase that comes from Broward, Palm Beach, and beyond. As a privately funded plan, I think it’s unlikely this goes through, though some have been calling for this for decades.

Josue Gonzalez
1 month ago

I know exactly why, Beckham has stated numerous times that he only wants a stadium of about 30,000 or less seats. The Miami Hurricanes play in the ACC, and it’s a requirement to have a stadium of 55,000 seats.

peej
1 month ago

Can you cite this requirement? Is this for new stadiums only? Plenty of current ACC stadiums are smaller than that capacity:

Wake Forest – Truist Field, 31,500
Duke – Wallace Wade Stadium, 40,004
Boston College – Alumni Stadium, 44,500
Syracuse – JMA Wireless Dome (Carrier Dome), 49,057
UNC Chapel Hill – Kenan Memorial Stadium, 51,000

Jorge B
1 month ago

Because they do not want to end up in the Sun Belt. Realignment Facilities Wars are real…

RNow
30 days ago

Because when Miami approached Beckham several years ago he didn’t want to do a deal and things fell apart if i remember correctly.

Add
30 days ago

They already tried with Beckham so on to next step

Anonymous
1 month ago

Cool. Now find private land to build it on.

Name*
1 month ago

Exactly.

Tigg
30 days ago

The upgrades to the rundown and dated tropical Park including state of the art facilities for everybody to use will only benefit the community and the surrounding neighborhood. The stadium will have a relatively small footprint compared to the rest of the enhancements to the existing park. So bitch all you want but this is a net gain for everybody

Tropical Chinese Stan
1 month ago

You should have seen the traffic for 4th of July Fireworks. No way in hell this area can take 60,000 on Saturday afternoons without MAJOR infrastructure changes in surrounding neighborhoods.

CatsFan
1 month ago

I’m sure they’re going to need to pay the County to do changes to ease traffic.

Antennae
1 month ago

Pathetic

Augie
1 month ago

How about SoFlo residents stop thinking about how cars are messing up traffic and start funding mass transit. Real mass transit! The population of Miami-Dade is nearing 3million! Add Broward & Palm Beach we’re nearing 7million! Wake up, it’s time to start planning for the future! The UofM deserves its own stadium, for many, many reasons.

anonymous
1 month ago

they dont deserve anything. They are a private school so if they want one guy buy private land to build it on. They are entitled to absolutely nothing

Serge
1 month ago

Nobody said they should have it given to them by the taxpayer. Calm down lady.

Tigg
30 days ago

FIU with 30,000 seats in the same area has zero effect on traffic. I was on the Palmetto and Don Shula and the many side streets on a Saturday And there was zero traffic 85 mph the entire time. Just like the orange bowl there will be a grid of streets to enter and exit including three major highways with five lanes in each direction

Melo is sigma and Chad
1 month ago

Unless they’re planning on bringing the Olympics to Miami Dade why do we need so many stadiums. We have the proposed soccer one too and most of these stadiums stay empty most of the year.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Miami can’t host Olympics
Too hot, Too humid, Unberable in the summer.
The only way to host a Summer Olympics here would be to make an exception and celebrate them in January-February.

Anton
1 month ago

I guess you’ve never been to Barcelona or LA or Rio in the summer.

MM305
1 month ago

Anton agreed, Miami is already an Olympic-level city. If hosting is shared with Ft and West Palm there is no reason it couldn’t be done today. But that’s no good reason to build this thing, and detract from the only large-scale public sports park in the South end of town.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Miami is nowhere near close to an Olympic level city 🤣🤣🤣

anon
1 month ago

Olympic cities must have space to accommodate 16,000 athletes, a minimum of 40 sporting venues, a massive media center and village, and public transportation to facilitate it all. So no Miami couldn’t possibly fit the requirements lol

MM305
1 month ago

We already accommodate that and more for things like Ultra and Art Basel. Spread that out over Ft and West Palm and you have more than enough to do it.

anon
1 month ago

Ft and West Palm are different cities.. and Ultra and Art Basel are 1% the size of the olympics?

MM305
30 days ago

How is it 1% the size? Basel accommodates around 80k people, and Ultra 175k. So you think we couldn’t handle 16k athletes??? Japan had just over 79k people visit for 2020. You cite different cities, that’s insane. Vancouver Olympic events held in Whistler, Salt Lake city in Park City, … Happens all the time. Tokyo 2020 held events as far away as Hokkaido the north island. West Palm Beach is not too far away, and neither are the Keys.

Just me
28 days ago

I find it hard to believe that someone would come here for an Olympics and stay 60 miles away in Palm Beach. We lack the infrastructure and support for such a huge undertaking. The whole world will be watching. We are not ready.

Anton
1 month ago

I’m with you. I think the project is unnecessary. I just think citing Miami’s summer weather as disqualifying it from hosting a summer Olympics is, let’s say uninformed.

Just me
28 days ago

Other hot and humid cities have hosted Olympics. Miami won’t qualify for plenty of other reasons. If you want to know why, read the proposals submitted by real world class cities to the Olympics Committee or the BIE ( World Expo). Miami, unfortunately, is not yet in that tier. Not yet. Our Federal, state and local governments have a lot to do with it as well. It takes a huge amount of support and infrastructure to be granted the right to host. We lack both.

alondra
1 month ago

ah the mods here……….

Get over it UM
1 month ago

So dumb, either buy your own land or get over it. Or better yet, share the MLS stadium and just add a metrorail connector. Boom UM to the stadium in 20ish minutes no car needed. I mean how many stadiums does one city need really?

Save public land
1 month ago

AMEN!

Anonymous
1 month ago

“how many stadiums does one city need really?”

Well right now, there’s only two, and the Heat and Marlins play in those.

Anonymous
1 month ago

What University in this country shares a stadium with Major League Soccer?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Miami is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. Poor roadways. Poor mass transit. Poor schools. Poor affordability for most residents. Great idea – lets destroy our parks and recreation.

Antennae
1 month ago

Tropical Park is so underused

Anonymous
1 month ago

And that park is not the only one.

Lenny
30 days ago

Poor roadways. Compared to what?
Poor mass transit. Compared to what?
Poor schools. Compared to what?
Poor affordability for most residents.
The facts in front of your face contradict this.

People CAN afford housing, which is why prices keep going up (duh).

Given that you don’t know what you are talking about in nearly everyone
of the above situations, how is anyone to believe a park is “Destroyed” when you build a new football field on a tiny part of a huge and underutilized portion of a “park”.

Conno Sir
1 month ago

Don’t worry, the end result will be completely different.

Antennae
1 month ago

Barcelona and LA both have Mediterranean weather. The envy of the world and Rio is in the Southern hemisphere and held during their winter.

Bob
1 month ago

Atlanta is hotter than hell in the Summer and they hosted the Summer Olymipics

Anonymous
1 month ago

LA goes over 95 degrees more often than Miami, they don’t have the humidity but still hot is hot.

Ano
1 month ago

Hilarious how the rendering makes the ocean appear much closer than it actually is.

Simpleton
1 month ago

That’s not the ocean….

Anonymous
1 month ago

Good catch. It is actually Lake Erie. Thanks for being on the lookout.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Thats a lake..? A map is provided directly beneath the article.

Anon
1 month ago

Pointless, still not on campus and Hard Rock is a world class stadium. If UM is gonna have their own, it should be adjacent to campus replacing the industrial/auto body area at Red Rd and US1 in South Miami

Anonymous
1 month ago

Hard Rock is a world-class stadium… LOL, in a low-class area.

Antennae
1 month ago

A horrible area with little transportation infrastructure

Anonymous
1 month ago

Wrong about transport… it is next door to the Turnpike and a few miles from I95, I75, and the Palmetto Xway… sorry that free 8mph Metromover won’t get you there. Grown ups in the United States outside of Manhattan drive cars.

The neighborhood does suck, but once inside the staduim it makes no difference. The staduim itself is great.

Choo Choo
30 days ago

Clearly never driven to a game at Hard Rock, the traffic is atrocious. Atleast metrorail will go there sometime in the next 50 years lol

Anonymous
30 days ago

Traffic is supposed to be “ATROCIOUS” for a football game at an NFL stadium!

Anonymous
29 days ago

clearly got no clue….are ZERO plans to build Metromover out to Hard Rock Stadium…. get it, NONE

Not Anonymous
1 month ago

I wouldn’t call it WORLD class, it’s design is pretty mid

Henry
1 month ago

No public money and no public land . We are not stupid after watching the stupidity with Marlins stadium. UM football like Marlins must first justify their superiority in football which has not happened since 2001. But still no Public money .
Moreover 30 mins of drive to Hard Rock stadium is much appealing than screwing us with another Public Bond for stadium. No
Way . Go Canes

Anonymous
1 month ago

Damn they should use this design for the inter stadium. Looks much better

Not Anonymous
1 month ago

100000% agreed. This design is actually iconic, and has double the capacity.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I guess that tuition money is getting put to use.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Seems wildly unnecessary, Dade County already has FTX Arena, Hard Rock Stadium, Marlins Park, FIU Silva Stadium, and now the MLS Stadium on the way. The public shouldn’t have to sacrifice a park just because Coral Gables is land-locked by private residences and golf courses. It would be even more redundant if the MetroRail extension to Miami Gardens kicks off.

Lenny
30 days ago

Tropical Park is 282 Acres…when was the last time you visited?

Tigg
30 days ago

There will be zero sacrificing of the park. On the contrary the enhancements made to the park which is very rundown and dated will benefit everybody including the high school football teams some don’t even have a place to play. This will be an expected to be presented with significant benefit to the park the community in the county at large. UM is too smart to do it any other way.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Rip Tropical Park

Anon
1 month ago

Why are you helping promote this? It’s the same guy who was trying to get it built at Coral Gables HS and doesn’t have a chance of happening

5 Ring Cane
1 month ago

Nice to see that HKS is offering middle school internship opportunities. What a blown opportunity by Ruiz to excite the fan base.

This is a middle school level design project. Luxury boxes and seating are missing from the renderings, support structure isn’t feasible, concourses and amenities are non-existent, renderings are simply not to HKS standards, awkward landscaping, terrible seating and viewing angles with obstructions.

This would quite possibly be the worst new stadium developed in this country in the last few decades, fortunately it has no chance of being built.

anony
1 month ago

Gotta wonder if HKS even put these together. A half-competent local architect could have done better. Ruiz is a known liar and blowhard, he probably just dropped HKS’ name to the media. I wouldn’t put it past him. And TNM writer is the perfect pawn.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Geezzz… should the renderings also have displayed the restrooms setups for you?

5 Ring Cane
1 month ago

Of course not and real renderings wouldn’t have included as much. However, a completely open concourse, large stretches of unsupported concrete seating areas, palm trees blocking field views, no video boards, a random night shot that lets you know that the lights turn on inside… it’s all just ridiculous and disappointing.

Finally, modern stadium design has evolved to bring the fans closer to the field. This has all the excitement of a 70’s era multi-purpose stadium. Bad design reminds me of the Marlins at Joe Robbie or when we lost to FIU at Marlins Stadium.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Relax.. this is first design we’ve seen of this proposal and stadium.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Let’s be real, this proposal is DOA so this is probably the first and last design we see.

This project means a little to a lot of people and a lot to a few. It’s a recipe for disaster to fuel an ego and we’ll all pay the price.

Patricia
1 month ago

Can’t find press boxes or suites. Open end should be able to utilize temporary stands. I hope the palm trees are just for the drawings not actual. Want football atmosphere not beach

Anonymous
1 month ago

Gee Patricia, being a man, I wouldn’t want to approach you in a club.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Olympic bid one step closer with this bad boy

Anonymous
1 month ago

30 minutes from campus???
🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Hard Rock is way further than that

Melo is sigma and Chad
1 month ago

Santa’s enchanted forest for kicked out for this…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Let’s hope so! People can find a better use of $75 anyway.

Anonymous
1 month ago

lol…

???
1 month ago

Trust me by the time this get approved and we get the 20th remodeled render it will look like a high school stadium!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Stop giving away park land – Miami has so little. Tear down something else and build it there.

Anonymous
1 month ago

And I bet you still never go to them.. do you?

Charlie
1 month ago

Tropical Park is 10 minutes from the UM Campus? Which campus? Coral Gables? Maybe at 3am it is 10 minutes.

Bob
1 month ago

Miami only draws for marque match-ups which are few because of the conference they play in. A new stadium near campus won’t change that as most fans are scattered around the tri county area. I went to Georgia which sold out Sanford Stadium for every game regardless of the opponent with students and fans/alumni driving 70 miles from Atlanta. The stadium holds 90K and has no suites and benches for seats, kinda like the OB was when the Caines never had trouble filling it to capacity. Put a better product on the field and continue to play at Hard Rock.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Looks amazing. Are the Hurricanes a big deal in Miami? Do people go to games?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes they do! Hurricanes games are really fun.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s Great to Be a Miami Hurricane

Clearly
1 month ago

Wow there’s palm trees mixed in with seating LOL

Jim
1 month ago

It’s great to be a Miami Hurricane!

Miami
1 month ago

The U baby!

Anonymous
1 month ago

What a great use of funds for those six home games a year that will be played there.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Olympics, Pan Am, high school football, XFL/USFL, trade shows, concerts etc. As long as it is privately funded ultimately it is a win.

Not Anonymous
1 month ago

YES! EXACTLY! that land was probably not being used for anything important anyway, probably just some grass fields.