Playing in the Orange Bowl used to send shivers down the spines of opposing teams. The 58-straight games the Miami Hurricanes won at home between 1985 and 1994 still stands unbroken as the longest home winning streak in modern NCAA football history. Of course, the ol' Orange Bowl was demolished to make room for the Marlins' field of schemes, and the Canes are now ensconced at Sun Life Stadium, where home games are often sad, lightly attended affairs.
It has at least one rival ACC coach shaking his head.
Most of the talk about the Canes is filled with nothing but respect for Al Golden, and one coach says the team has an NFL-caliber o-line. It's this comment that stands out:
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"They are in a tough situation. The atmosphere at their games is a joke, being as far off campus as the stadium is. It's a pro stadium that's pretty much empty. It's a shame. They had a great home field advantage at the Orange Bowl, but now they have no home field advantage."
Sun Life is a 22.4-mile drive from the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus, and the school's student population is relatively small compared to many of its state school competitors. That plus waning interest from the community has added up to some pretty sad attendance stats. According to HurricaneSports.com, each home game averaged about 43,589 in attendance last year in a stadium that holds more than 75,000.
Though, there is some good news. According to the Sun-Sentinel, season ticket sales this year are up 20 percent. Though, that might have something to do with the fact the Florida Gators are making a rare visit this year.