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Miami Hurricanes to play spring football game in Orlando

It’s technically a scrimmage, but the ’Canes will still get a preview of Camping World Stadium before their Aug. 24 game against UF.
Miami Hurricanes fans will have to travel for their spring "game." It's in Orlando this year. (MONICA HERNDON | Times 2018)
Miami Hurricanes fans will have to travel for their spring "game." It's in Orlando this year. (MONICA HERNDON | Times 2018)
Published Mar. 12
Updated Mar. 12

The Miami Hurricanes will get a sneak peek at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium before their Aug. 24 matchup with Florida.

Miami announced Tuesday morning that it will play its second open scrimmage — something like a spring game — on April 20 in Orlando. UM’s home, Hard Rock Stadium, is booked that day for a performance by The Rolling Stones. They’re a musical group of some sort.

Anyway, the concert gives the ’Canes the chance to check out Camping World Stadium before the season opener against the Gators. The scrimmage will kick off at noon and be free to fans.

“We’re excited to kick off spring football and we’re also excited that our fans have two chances to see us scrimmage in April,” first-year coach Manny Diaz said in a statement. “It was important to us to have a scrimmage in Dade County, and we also have an opportunity to experience the setup at Camping World Stadium to conclude the spring.”

Florida State did something similar in 2016, when Doak Campbell Stadium was under renovation. The Seminoles played their spring game in Orlando and returned for their Labor Day opener against Ole Miss.

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