Miami Hurricanes focus on Orlando for stadium backup plan

The Dolphins continue to tell UM that New Miami Stadium should be safe and playable for the Sept. 3 season-opener against Florida A&M, though it won’t be completely finished.

But Miami continues to work on a backup plan, and that plan is focusing on Orlando’s Camping World Stadium, formerly known as the Citrus Bowl.

(Florida Citrus Sports)

(Florida Citrus Sports)

As Mark Richt and the football team hosted day one of its ‘Paradise’ camp on Friday, a source told the Post that several senior leaders from Miami toured the stadium in Orlando (though Athletics Director Blake James was not among them). The Miami Herald first reported news of the tour.

If New Miami Stadium isn’t available, Camping World Stadium, which seats 70,000, is the largest football stadium within a reasonable distance from campus.

If severe weather hits, the source said, “it is a strong possibility” Miami will be facing Florida A&M in Orlando. There is a chance that the game could be moved from Saturday to Thursday, Sept. 1, since the stadium will host Florida State-Mississippi on Monday, Sept. 5.

UM has also considered Marlins Park, but at 36,742 seats it is not large enough for UM’s liking (also, remaking the stadium for football adds another layer of difficulty).

Miami’s season-ticket base, which has surpassed 40,000, is its largest since moving to Sun Life Stadium in 2008. After Richt was hired Dec. 4, UM’s ticket office said it fielded a flurry of calls for renewal unlike any since UM won the national championship in Jan. 2002.

Noteworthy: The Post learned that linebacker Juwon Young is away from the team (and as reported previously, is not expected to return). Additionally, a source told the Post that Jermaine Grace and Al-Quadin Muhammad are expected to face minimal discipline, if any, from the school for their potential involvement with a local luxury rental car agency. The source suggested that Grace may be in the clear, but added that the situation is ongoing. … Miami’s ‘Paradise’ camp, which kicked off Friday afternoon with 2019 and 2020 recruits, will involve a pool party on campus Friday night. All Hurricanes players are expected to be there. There is an excellent chance Richt will perform his signature backflip off the high dive.

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