It was raining heavily as many of Miami’s invited guests, the Golden Canes boosters, arrived for Saturday’s practice.
In any weather, the school’s yet-t-be-announced plans for an indoor practice facility were sure to be a conversation topic.
One high-ranking booster who has seen the plans said it will cost nearly $30 million and include expanded meeting space, weight room and video training facilities. Multiple UM sources told the Post that a lead donor — as in, someone for whom the facility will be named — has come forward, though details of their potential gift have not been completely sorted out.
Mark Richt, who has beat the drum loudly for an indoor facility since arriving, pledged $1 million toward the project. It has been a priority of Athletics Director Blake James for several years.
Plans are expected to be revealed to the public before the season starts. A timetable for construction is unknown, but the project would likely be completed within two years.
The 50-yard turf area seen in the photo above will be covered by the facility, as will the adjacent 80-yard turf field shown below. In the above photo, the beige building in the background is Miami’s weight room. The white part of the building is Miami’s training and locker room (the rear of the Schwartz Center, home of Miami’s football operation).