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Miami Hurricanes officially break ground for indoor practice facility

Ari Russell



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On Thursday evening the Miami Hurricanes football program took a major step in being able to compete with the big dogs in college football. After much anticipation, the program broke ground on an indoor practice facility. The ceremony which took place on the UM campus was to introduce the $34 million dollar project. The name of the facility is  the Carol Soffer Football Indoor Practice Facility.

The Miami Herald has more:

“I’m so thankful to be a part of this,” football coach Mark Richt said to a crowd of about 300, which included current players Trent Harris, Kc McDermott, Chad Thomas and Shaq Quarterman, and former players such as NFL punt/kickoff return record-holder Devin Hester. “Thank you to everybody who gave. Thank you to everybody who is still considering a gift… God bless the Canes.”

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Carol Soffer’s son, Jeffery and his sisters Jackie and and Brooke donated $14 million as a gift to the program to help start this project.

The facility will be 81,800 square feet and will include two turf fields, one is 80 yards the other 40 yards. So far Miami has raised $32 of the $34 million needed to build the practice facility. To close the gap, the school said it will add a ticket surcharge. Plus they expect some more donations the closer they get to the target. Construction which begins Monday should have the project ready by Summer of 2018.


Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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