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- Marlins Park has held several football games since opening in 2012, being the site of the Miami Beach Bowl for three seasons.
When the Miami Hurricanes and FIU Panthers knock helmets for their latest battle on November 23rd, it will reportedly take place at the site of plenty iconic football moments in the city.
FIU announced Tuesday that the game will take place inside Marlins Park – with officials expecting 40,000 fans to show up for the game between the programs and the Little Havana site where the famed Orange Bowl stadium stood for over 70 years as the home of the ‘Canes, Miami Dolphins and the annual Orange Bowl game among other events.
The teams have met three times before, with Miami winning all three that included victories in 2006 and 2007 at the Orange Bowl and a 31-17 win last September at Hard Rock Stadium.
FIU will be the home team for the 2019 game, but a contract stipulation said the game could not be played at the school’s home stadium due to limited seating capacity.
Marlins Park has held several football games since opening in 2012, being the site of the Miami Beach Bowl for three seasons before that game was moved to Texas.
Of course, South Florida football fans and many natives remember the location more as the site for much of the area’s early sports history. The iconic Orange Bowl stadium opened in 1937 and was demolished over a two month period in 2008.
During its 71 years, the “OB” was the home to concerts, events and plenty of sports that included high school football, soccer, boxing and of course the ‘Canes during its entire run that included all five of the program’s national titles – three of which came following wins in the annual bowl game played at the same spot.
The Dolphins played there for 21 seasons before moving to what is now Hard Rock Stadium before the 1987 season. The annual bowl game moved as well following the 1995 season, being played one more time in January 1999 due to a scheduling conflict with a Dolphins playoff game.