Miami Hurricanes not holding a spring game in 2017; full spring practice schedule

The end zone of one of the practice fields at Greentree. (Matt Porter)
The end zone of one of the practice fields at Greentree. (Matt Porter)

UM will not host a traditional spring game because of ongoing renovations to Hard Rock Stadium, it announced Wednesday.

Last year’s spring game was held at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. Athletics Director Blake James said last month that would not be an option.

“You have a spring game, you want to have it at your stadium,” James said at the time, adding that his goal was to “capitalize on the excitement and energy that Mark [Richt] and his staff and the team have created around their finish last season, and then the excitement that you all create around signing day. We’re thrilled with it.”

A Dolphins spokesperson said Wednesday that stadium suites and broadcast areas are being upgraded, and some minor parking lot resurfacing will be done.

Miami will hold 13 spring practices that are open to the media, the first of which begins at 9:30 a.m. March 21 at Greentree Practice Fields. Two Saturday practices toward the end of spring, April 8 and 15, will be closed.

Practices are closed to the public.

The final spring practice of 2017 will be held at Richt’s alma mater, Boca Raton High.

The full schedule:

  • Tuesday, March 21 (practice begins 9:30 a.m.)
  • Thursday, March 23 (9:30 a.m.)
  • Saturday, March 25 (9:30 a.m.)
  • Tuesday, March 28 (9:30 a.m.)
  • Thursday, March 30 (9:30 a.m.)
  • Saturday, April 1 (9:30 a.m.)
  • Tuesday, April 4 (9:30 a.m.)
  • Thursday, April 6 (9:30 a.m.)
  • Saturday, April 8 — closed to media
  • Tuesday, April 11 (9:30 a.m.)
  • Thursday, April 13 (9:30 a.m.)
  • Saturday, April 15 — closed to media
  • Tuesday, April 18 (9:30 a.m.)
  • Thursday, April 20 (9:30 a.m.)
  • Saturday, April 22 (12 p.m.)*

For reporters covering the team, a typical practice day involves a media viewing period at the beginning of practice, usually lasting around 15 minutes, and interviews with players and coaches after practice concludes.



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