On Thursday evening, Miami AD Blake James sent out this semi-cryptic tweet:
Big day tomorrow! The U is #BuildingChampions— Blake James (@CanesAllAccess) August 16, 2018
Maybe you guys aren’t as oblivious as I am, but I literally thought to myself “What could he be talking about?” On Friday morning, my question had been answered.
The Hurricanes are in the building. pic.twitter.com/KShqwbUGQo— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) August 17, 2018
On Friday, August 17th, 2018, Miami finally caught up with the rest of D1 college football by opening their indoor practice facility. As you probably did at home, the Canes danced.
Every time you step up in the buildin’ pic.twitter.com/CBLFauL6kU— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) August 17, 2018
This was not the official opening, as much of the facility has yet to be completed, such as the coaches offices, but the 90-yard main field is done, which is why the the team celebrated by moving this morning’s practice inside.
Head Coach Mark Richt, who donated $1 Million of his own money to the project, has been anxiously waiting for this moment due to the logistics of Miami weather, which they dealt with earlier this summer.
The lightning prediction system horn blue loud and clear this morning while our players were trying to get a team workout in. No where to go today. What a shame. But very soon, thanks to the Carol Soffer Indoor Practice Facility, that won’t be a problem anymore! U Family!— Mark Richt (@MarkRicht) July 24, 2018
The facility is named after longtime-donor Carol Soffer, and the team made sure to include her in Friday’s festivities.
Historic.— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) August 17, 2018
Thank you to Carol Soffer and everyone who helped make this day a reality. pic.twitter.com/Mg306iKioX
There was no one better to break down today's practice than Carol Soffer. pic.twitter.com/ivfsjVVtui— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) August 17, 2018
Friday was a great day for the program, but with a top-10 preseason ranking and sky-high expectations, we will all be hoping for even bigger moments from the Canes this season.