Five Reasons Miami Hurricanes Fans Need to Attend Games This Season

Miami Hurricanes football is just ten days away. We can almost see the smoke and hear Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" already. But this Canes season is different: The stakes are exponentially higher thanks to another coaching staff reboot. Fans are as restless and thirsty as ever to get back into the national championship picture, and the Canes desperately need to beat Florida State this season — something they haven't done since 2009. 

Other than that, things are superchill, no pressure at all. 

The team has made numerous considerable changes (more on this later), so it's time to ask a tough question: What, other than complain or fire off tweets, has the fan base done to promote change? 

This season represents a fresh start for the Hurricanes program, and that certainly can carry over to the fans. Last season, the Canes drew only 285,363 fans. By comparison, Florida State and the University of Florida drew 512,534 and 630,457, respectively, in their seven games, compared with the Canes' six matchups. Other fan bases have begun mocking Canes crowds as "e-fans" because they'd rather watch a stream at home.

But this year represents an opportunity to end all of that slander, to stop all of the pregame photos of an empty stadium, and to get out to the game. 

Here are just a few reasons Hurricanes fans need to make it a priority to do something they have apparently forgotten to do: Get out to Miami Gardens to support their team — at the stadium, not Beef O' Brady's or Joe's house.  
5. The stadium itself is legitimately "an event" now.

For years, all we've heard about Miami sports fans is how they're really just "event fans" — meaning they'll show up only for a glitzy good time, not to suffer along with a losing team. And lately, watching the Canes underachieve in the blistering heat at Sun Life Stadium hasn't exactly been on the top of most of our to-do lists. Luckily, Stephen Ross and the Miami Dolphins just plopped about a half-billion bucks into making their tenants the happiest renters on Earth. 

The newly rechristened Hard Rock Stadium, like Marlins Park, is now a top-of-the-line venue in American sports. Throw all that "there are better things to do in Miami on a Saturday" stuff out the window this season. If you're making that argument in 2016, you're just not as good a UM fan as you claim to be. This isn't that hard. It happens in cities across America with teams that have neither the championship history nor the stadium that the Canes now enjoy. 
4. The University of Miami heard your requests, and now it's time to return the favor.

You wanted coach Al Golden gone, and now he's gone. You wanted the school to invest in a coach with a proven track record, so the team went out and broke the bank for Mark Richt and his new staff. You wanted the school to make football a priority, and UM has definitely taken the steps to do so. The team has even given you things you didn't ask for, such as the vastly improved stadium. The University of Miami has gone above and beyond to change the course of where the program was headed under Golden, and now it's time for fans to head out to the stadium this season and support their actions. 
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Ryan Yousefi is a freelance writer for Miami New Times, a lover of sports, and an expert consumer of craft beer and pho. Hanley Ramirez once stole a baseball from him and to this day still owes him $10.
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