No Miami Hurricanes spring game because Hard Rock ‘not accessible’

Hard Rock Stadium before Miami-North Carolina. (Matt Porter)

Hard Rock Stadium before Miami-North Carolina. (Matt Porter)

Tom Garfinkel, president and CEO of the Dolphins, said Friday that it was his organization that informed the University of Miami it could not hold its spring game at Hard Rock Stadium because of the final phase of renovations.

UM Athletic Director Blake James recently said the Hurricanes’ spring game would not be held, period, because they couldn’t have it at Hard Rock.

“They wanted it there,” Garfinkel said Friday. “We told them we weren’t able to do it because of the renovations. So it wasn’t them. It was us.”

Although the majority of the half-billion dollar renovations to the stadium were finished before last football season, the final phase currently taking place precludes the staging of even a spring game, Garfinkel said.

“All the suites are torn up, all the club level, you don’t have access to,” he said. “All the parking lots are torn up. For example, the employees can’t park where we normally park and go in. We have to park somewhere else and go in the stadium a different way.

“So a lot of the parking lots, there’s no access to. There really would be nowhere to park. You’d have no access to the club level. So it’s really not an accessible situation at this point.”


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