Location: 1501 NW 3rd St, Miami, Florida 33125
Broke ground: 1936
Opened: December 10, 1937
Owner: City of Miami
Operator: City of Miami
Natural grass (1937-69)
Prescription Athletic Turf (1976-present)
Construction cost: $340,000 USD
Former names: Burdine Stadium (1937-1959)
Miami Hurricanes (NCAA) (1937-2007)
FIU Golden Panthers (NCAA) (2007)
Miami Seahawks (AAFC) (1946)
Miami Dolphins (NFL) (1966-1986)
Orange Bowl Classic (1938-1995, 1999)
Playoff Bowl (1961-1970)
Miami Toros (NASL) (1972-1976)
Miami Freedom (ASL/APSL) (1988-1992)
The Miami Hurricanes have decided to move out of the classic college football stadium, the Orange Bowl, in order to play in a stadium that can
generate higher revenues because of better seating and luxury boxes; Dolphin Stadium. The Orange Bowl is old and outdated, but aren't all
college stadiums. The Hurricanes want more money, and they will get more money. Just by moving into Dolphin Stadium, the Hurricanes will get
a piece of the luxury suites revenue.
In addition to hosting Miami Hurricanes football for 70 years, the Orange Bowl hosted a dozen games that decided college football's national
championship, five Super Bowls and a speech by John F. Kennedy.
With the Miami Hurricanes set to depart after the 2007 season, the Orange Bowl will no longer have a primary tenant. The building's future is in
serious doubt. Demolition will be an option. One rumor that has been gaining weight is that the Marlins can use the land for a baseball only
stadium, but the Orange Bowl would have to be torn down. Because of the state of the stadium, it would be too costly to modify the Orange Bowl
into a baseball only stadium. The structure would not accommodate the required changes.
Miami Athletic Director was unemotional about the move and the stadium, "When you look back at the history and all that we have done in that
stadium and all that's been accomplished there, frankly, it was accomplished by a group of people on the field, it was accomplished by a group of
people in the stands. The Orange Bowl never scored a touchdown. The Orange Bowl never cheered. It was the people that were there."
"A lot of people say moving to Dolphin Stadium, you won't get the fan support, but if you're truly a University of Miami fan, you're going to come.
Fans are going to be there. We just have to give them a product." Miami coach Randy Shannon said.
It is a good move for the university, but a sad move for college football because the Orange Bowl has meant a lot to the sport. But let's face it,
even the bowl game that shares the name moved to Dolphin Stadium over 10 years ago.
Timeline of Events at the Orange Bowl
Dec. 10, 1937 - The Stadium hosts the first game for the Miami Hurricanes.
Jan. 1, 1946 - Al Hudson runs an interception back 89 yards as time expires to cap Miami's 13-6 win over Holy Cross in the Orange Bowl Classic.
Jan. 14, 1968 - Vince Lombardi's final game as coach of the Green Bay Packers is a special one, as they beat the Oakland Raiders in Super
Bowl II, 33-14.
Jan. 1, 1965 - Joe Namath is stopped shy of the goal line on fourth down, and his Alabama Crimson Tide failed in their quest to deliver Paul
"Bear" Bryant's fourth national championship, losing to Texas 21-17.
Jan. 12, 1969 - Back at the Orange Bowl as a pro, Joe Namath delivers on his guarantee, as the New York Jets pull off a stunning 16-7 win over
the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.
Jan. 17, 1971 - Baltimore kicker Jim O'Brien connects on a 32-yard field goal as time expires, giving the Colts a 16-13 win over the Dallas
Cowboys in Super Bowl V.
Jan. 1, 1975 - In Ara Parseghian's final game as Notre Dame coach, the Fighting Irish denied Alabama's national championship bid with a 13-11
Jan. 18, 1976 - Pittsburgh beats Dallas 21-17 in Super Bowl X behind MVP Lynn Swann, who catches four passes for 161 yards.
Jan. 21, 1979 - It's Steelers vs. Cowboys in the Super Bowl again, and Pittsburgh prevails 35-31. Terry Bradshaw throws four touchdown passes.
Jan. 2, 1982 - In what some consider the best playoff game in NFL history, San Diego beats Miami 41-38.
Jan. 1, 1984 - Miami wins its first national championship, beating Nebraska 31-30 in the game where Cornhuskers coach Tom Osborne chose to
try a two-point conversion instead of kicking an extra-point in the final minute. Nebraska was stopped when Ken Calhoun deflected Turner Gill's
pass, and the Hurricanes prevailed.
Nov. 23, 1984 - Hail Flutie. Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie finds Gerard Phelan with a desperation pass on the final play of the game,
giving the Eagles a stunning 47-45 win over Miami.
Nov. 30, 1985 - Miami beats Notre Dame 58-7, the worst loss in Fighting Irish football history.
Dec. 2, 1985 - With some of the 1972 Miami Dolphins - the NFL's only perfect team - roaming the sideline on a Monday night, Miami beats the
unbeaten Chicago Bears 38-24. It was the only loss that season for Mike Ditka's club.
Sept. 27, 1986 - QB Vinny Testaverde vaults his way into Heisman Trophy contention, leading Miami past Oklahoma 28-16. Testaverde
scrambled from sideline to sideline in the second quarter for a 10-yard gain that kept a pivotal touchdown drive alive.
Oct. 3, 1992 - Miami beats Florida State 19-16 in a game memorable for two reasons. Linebacker Micheal Barrow's hit on Tamarick Vanover - a
failed wide receiver screen pass - is still unforgettable, and at the end, Florida State's Dan Mowrey missed a 39-yard field goal that would have
tied the game, a mistake that is still known as "Wide Right II."
Jan. 1, 1994 - Florida State beats Nebraska 18-16 in an epic for the national championship.
Sept. 20, 1994 - Washington comes into the Orange Bowl and beats Miami 38-20, ending the Hurricanes' NCAA-record 58-game home winning
Oct. 7, 2000 - Ken Dorsey finds Jeremy Shockey with a 13-yard touchdown pass in the final minute, lifting Miami past No. 1 Florida State 27-24.
Nov. 24, 2001 - Perhaps still mindful of the 1994 loss, Miami easily beats Washington 65-7 on the way to winning the national championship in
Larry Coker's first season as head coach.
Oct. 14, 2004 - Brock Berlin threw for 308 yards - 215 after halftime - and directed the winning drive in the final minute, and Devin Hester scored
on a 78-yard punt return as Miami rallied from 17 points down to beat Louisville 41-38.
Oct. 14, 2006 - Marring the first-ever meeting between Miami and Florida International, the teams brawl during the third quarter. In all, 31 players
from the schools are sanctioned, including 18 from FIU. Miami won 35-0.
Nov. 23, 2006 - In the first home game following the death of defensive lineman Bryan Pata, freshman running back Javarris James scores on a
2-yard run late in the third to lift Miami past Boston College 17-14. The win makes the Hurricanes bowl-eligible.
Aug. 21, 2007 - Miami officials announce 2007 will be the Hurricanes' last in the Orange Bowl. The team will play in Dolphin Stadium starting in