During the Miami Hurricanes final home game today against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, CNBC's Marcus Lemonis made a video plea/challenge to all Canes fans and the UM administration to build a stadium that the Canes can once again call their true home. As I have suggested for years, one of the more ideal locations would be TropicalPark, which is only 3 miles down Miller Road from Campus, has a footprint in place for a stadium and has access from two major highways as well as Miller and Bird roads, not to mention plenty of space for parking and tailgating. Mr. Lemonis, aka "The PROFIT" also thinks Tropical Park is an ideal spot as does Canes Football Legend Alonzo Highsmith. Lemonis published this video on his Facebook page, pledging $1 million to kick start the fundraising for this cause:
Listen up, move the @MiamiHurricanes to #tropicalpark #newstadium. I'll write the 1st $1,000,000 check. #supporttheU #TheProfitPosted by Marcus Lemonis on Saturday, November 21, 2015
The video so far has gotten over 175,000 views, 3500 shares, 5100 likes and nearly 1,000 comments. He has also taken to Twitter where Highsmith and hundreds of others have chimed in.
It's no surprise that UM fans and alumni alike share the desire to see our beloved Hurricanes have a place to call their own. Sun Life Stadium is NOT the Canes home, it's a rental that is far removed from campus. It's too large, too sterile and with the exception of one game every other year (vs. FSU) will never be packed. That is reality and Lemonis and Highsmith know it all too well. So do over 7,800 people who signed a petition I started a few years back imploring the administration to build a stadium for our Canes. This is the link to that petition if you care to lend your voice.
This could be exactly the catalyst the stadium effort needs to get The U and its future new head football coach to launch a major effort to make this dream a reality!
Kudos to you Mr. Lemonis