The Miami football spring game is beginning to become a tradition of not playing at Hard Rock Stadium. For the third time in the last four seasons, the Hurricanes will not have a spring game played on their regular season homefield.
After playing their spring football game in Orlando in 2019, the Miami football program will not have their annual spring game at Hard Rock Stadium for the third time in the last four years. The 2018 game was the only spring game that the Hurricanes have held on their regular season homefield in the past four years.
Hard Rock Stadium has been unavailable on the date that the Miami football program scheduled their spring game in 2017, ’19 and ’20. In 2017 Hard Rock Stadium was still being renovated. In 2019 the Rolling Stones concert that was eventually postponed was scheduled there and in 2020 it’s an unspecified conflict.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald broke the story that the Spring Game will be played April 11 at Traz Powell. Miami Athletic Director Blake James stated that Hard Rock Stadium was not available April 11 when asked why the game is being played at Traz Powell. Traz Powell recently underwent renovations.
Miami had their local scrimmage at Traz Powell Stadium in 2019 ahead of their larger official spring game in Orlando as a dry run for playing at Camping World Stadium this past August against Florida. Traz Powell Stadium will create an intimate atmosphere for the spring game with a seating capacity of 8,000.
Traz Powell is the homefield for seven high school teams in Miami. More NFL players played their home games in high school at Traz Powell Stadium than any other stadium in the country. Miami Dolphins wide receiver and Miami Football alum Allen Hurns are among the alums that played at Traz Powell in high school.
There is a lot of excitement heading into the 2020 season for the Miami football program. The addition of new offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee and quarterback D’Eriq King has Hurricanes fans intrigued to see the new up-tempo spread offense Miami will run beginning in 2020. This spring is a chance to start over.
King comes to Miami from Houston after redshirting following playing the first four games of the 2019 season. He is the ideal dual-threat QB who should be a perfect hybrid signal-caller that Lashlee is looking for. King is one of the early favorites for the Heisman Trophy for Miami. This should be an interesting spring for the Hurricanes.