Miami Hurricanes AD remains confident opener will be played at Hard Rock Stadium

An image of Hard Rock Stadium via the Dolphins' webcam, taken Aug. 23 at noon. (

An image of Hard Rock Stadium via the Dolphins’ webcam, taken Aug. 23 at noon. (

The weather in South Florida could be ugly next week. Tropical Storm Gaston is likely to upgrade itself to hurricane status as early as Tuesday. A tropical wave has Florida in its sights.

Despite that, Blake James believes the only Hurricanes that will hit Hard Rock Stadium on Sept. 3 will be wearing helmets and pads.

Miami’s athletics director told The Post on Tuesday he remains “fully confident” the football team will open its season at home against Florida A&M. He previously said UM would need two weeks to put its backup plan in place. On Tuesday, the opener was 11 days away.

Hurricanes wide receiver Dayall Harris, a junior college transfer and one of 35 newcomers on Miami’s roster this season, wishes it were here already.

“I’m very excited,” Harris said. “Everything seems like a reality now. It was a dream, now everything feels like a reality now. I just can’t wait.”

If the stadium formerly known as Sun Life was not available for the opener, Miami was considering Orlando’s Camping World Stadium as an alternate.

The Dolphins introduced the world its new stadium sponsor, Hard Rock International, at a ceremony last Wednesday. The team spent more than $500 million on a two-year renovation that included a canopy roof, new seating and new video boards.

Ongoing renovations include the interior tiling of the canopy roof — which may not be complete by the opener — and upgrades in the suite areas and press box.

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