POSTED OCT. 20 AT 10:48 A.M.
Students planning to attend the final University of Miami football game at the Orange Bowl must pick up tickets beforehand, in addition to showing their Cane Card at the game, student leaders learned Thursday.
Patricia A. Whitely, vice president for Student Affairs, announced that 7,300 student passes would be available and that tickets may be picked up at the University Center during the following times:
-Oct. 28 to Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
-Nov. 6. to Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
An official announcement is expected next week.
“We’re trying to be sure of who’s coming to prepare for seating,” Whitely said, noting that ticketing and seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Both the lower and upper decks of the student section will be available for the Nov 10 game against the University of Virginia Cavaliers. Though 1,000 student tickets will be allotted for the upper deck part of the student section, Whitely said season ticket holders for that area will not be affected.
She also said no guest passes will be offered for the game, explaining that doing so would reduce by 300 the number of student who could attend.
Whitely also addressed the issue of students rushing the field after the game, which she called a “really, really poor idea.”
“I don’t want people to think it can [happen], because it can’t,” she said, adding there will be “very serious implications” for students who rush the field.
She said the university will soon begin a marketing campaign warning students not to rush the field and noted Miami-Dade police will surround the field before game’s end. Police also surrounded the field near the end of this year’s game against Florida International University because of last year’s brawl.
Students began discussing rushing the field after the Aug. 21 decision that home football games will be played at Dolphin Stadium next season. A Facebook group currently counts 1,400-plus members in support of rushing the field at the Virginia game.
Athletic Director Paul Dee also addressed the topic Thursday evening on WQAM 560’s Hurricane Hotline radio show.
“We’re not in a position where people rush the field or take their seats or do vandalism,” Dee said, noting that FIU will play two more home games in the 70-year-old stadium after the UM’s game against UVA.
Looking to next season, Whitely also announced Thursday that she has appointed a committee to look at options for transporting students to Dolphin Stadium next season.
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