UM sports are back, and after an unprecedented year in which most sporting events were not open to students, the 2021-2022 school year promises to restore some normalcy to college sport.
In the first full year of the pandemic, the University of Miami adopted a number of safety measures and protocols that have been universally implemented throughout the campus community, from the classroom to the grill. Masks were applied in all indoor and outdoor environments and daily symptom checkers were used to identify symptomatic individuals and slow the spread of the virus.
However, with the deployment of many vaccines in the spring and summer, COVID-19 policies on campus have been considerably reduced in number and intensity, if not completely eliminated.
These easements have also spilled over to sports facilities and UM venues, where the Miami Hurricanes are looking to welcome more and more fans throughout the next year, which is rocking students.
“I’m good, a lot more excited than last year,” said Erik Lamm, a sophomore who missed out on the traditional freshman athletic experience due to the pandemic. “Watching sports happen but not being able to go was really frustrating. He looks forward to getting a taste of that characteristic UM atmosphere at the games, which are widely known to have an abundance of school spirit.
And at Hard Rock Stadium, home to both the Miami Hurricanes and Miami Dolphins football teams, capacity is no longer limited. In 2020, fans were sitting in pods or socially distant clusters, both of which are now a thing of the past. Fans will also be allowed to enter the stadium once the gates open, unlike the staggered entry time system put in place last season.
However, Hard Rock Stadium remains adamant about adhering to CDC health and safety protocols. All fans are always strongly encouraged to adhere to the CDC’s guidelines for wearing masks indoors and at large gatherings.
To obtain tickets for football matches, students must open their student ticket account through the Miami Hurricanes Official Site. Once on the login page, register your account with your account number, which is your C number – found on Canelink – with number nine in front.
After logging in, click on the Students tab and click on Football Tickets, which will show you a list of upcoming matches. Like last year, tickets will be digital and contactless security scans will be present at all gates. Students must obtain student tickets the week of the match, but obtaining one does not guarantee admission. Located over half an hour from the Miami Gardens campus, it’s best to allow plenty of time to get to the stadium before kickoff. Once there, students must show their ticket and CaneCard to enter the stadium from the Northwest Student Gate.
The men’s and women’s basketball teams play at the Watsco Center, a 200,000-square-foot, 8,000-seat facility located in the western half of the Coral Gables campus. At the Watsco Center, the student section is located just behind the Miami team basket and consists of sections 116 through 119.
Men’s basketball only has season tickets purchasable at this time with no student discounts, but match tickets – when available – must be claimed the week of the match. As with football, a CaneCard and ticket are required to enter the student section, which consists of sections 116 to 119 and is accessible from the northeast student gate.
To access the women’s games, however, only a CaneCard is needed. Their student section consists of Sections 117 and 118, and fans must enter through the main entrance to the Watsco Center at its south end.
Canes Baseball, which plays at Mark Light Field at the southwest end of the UM campus, has no tickets available yet. When available, student tickets will be ready to claim on the Thursday before each game, where students can access up to two tickets on a first come, first served basis.
On the student ticketing website, football, men’s and women’s basketball, and baseball are the only sports listed for purchasing or claiming tickets. However, if fans want to attend Olympic sporting events, like athletics matches or volleyball, tennis or football matches, they can all be accessed with a CaneCard.
A return to normalcy has been a long time coming in the sports world, but with each passing day glimpses of the past are slowly being restored. When Canes’ football begins its home schedule against Appalachian State on September 11, the team and fans will be looking to take a big step in that direction.