Mark Richt argues Miami Hurricanes ‘must have’ indoor practice facility

Calling it “priority No. 1” as he builds his program, Mark Richt stated publicly he wants an indoor practice facility, an upgrade his boss has been working on.

Clouds over UM's Greentree Practice Fields, a common occurrence. (
Clouds over UM’s Greentree Practice Fields, a common occurrence. (

“We must have an indoor facility, there’s just no question about it,” Richt said after Thursday’s practice.

Miami, located in one of the wettest climates in the U.S., is one of the only major programs that lacks a place to practice indoors.

Last month, UM Athletics Director Blake James told the Post that an indoor facility “remains a top priority for us,” but that UM was still hoping to secure a big-money donation to set things in motion. Indoor football facilities can cost between $10 and 40 million; the Miami Herald reported UM’s proposed project will cost $17 million.

For now, Miami will continue to use its nearby wellness center. The quicker his bosses can put a plan together, the happier Richt will be.

“A lot of people are like, ‘Why do you need an indoor [facility]?’ You need an indoor because of rain and lightning, there’s so many afternoon thunderstorms around here. I heard you can miss as many as 22 practices in a year,” he said.

“It’s for the lightning, but it’s for a lot of other things, too. A lot of people will use the indoor every third or fourth day, when it’s just smokin’ hot, just so the bodies don’t get depleted all the time. There will be a lot of other uses for it, for other sports and everything else. That’s priority No. 1. We must have an indoor.”

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