To most casual Hurricane fans the premise of an autonomous Miami Hurricane stadium seems implausible and a long shot. This venture would need city and counsel approval in conjunction with unwavering Miami administration support. This would need to be privately funded through various sectors and there is bound to be a plethora of red tape along the way. So much so, you might need several pairs of scissors just to cut through it all.
You still have to try. Personally it always resonates within me to declare that the Miami Hurricane program needs its own home that replicates its historic bravado. Hard Rock Stadium is indeed a wonderful venue to see a Hurricane game but it isn’t centered around the Hurricanes. The Hurricanes are accentuated but the bones are all Miami Dolphins. Just walk around the stadium’s perimeter and look at the statues who are immortalized. They aren’t Hurricanes, they are Dolphins.
So let the Ruiz family under the design eye of HKS Architecture march forward with reckless and unwavering abandon. Let them try to accomplish what was once thought impossible. Mario Cristobal was an impossibility. Dan Radakovich was an impossibility. Alonzo Highsmith was an impossibility. The University of Miami athletic department fully investing in its football program was once thought to be an impossibility too.
As far as the drive is concerned, it is a marginal argument at best. I have been a Palm Beach county resident making the trek for the better part of 20 years. If you think I would balk at this chance over 30-40 minutes of increased driving time then I have a bridge to sell you at Hard Rock Stadium. Build it and they will come. The product on the field will always supersede what Miami Hurricane fans are willing to do for their beloved hometown team.
I would gladly drive the extra time to watch a marquee game in a new, revolutionary, idiocentric Miami Hurricane stadium. That is exactly the one HKS just designed in the aforementioned. Envision the entrance, the boats on the lake, the palm trees, the pageantry, the whole kit and Cane caboodle. I, for one, am looking forward to the premise. At the very least, it is a good conversation to have with your buddies at your local bar drinking your favorite Tank brew. Just for nothing else but to say, “what if?”