Perhaps one of the most recognizable universities, "The U" stages its home games in the same venue where the NFL's Dolphins and MLB's Marlins play. Sun Life Stadium, which seats more than 75,000, is one of only two stadiums that host an NFL team and an MLB team. (The other is O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., home to the Raiders and the Athletics.) However, come Opening Day of baseball in April 2012, the Marlins will move into their new ballpark.
The Hurricanes took shelter in this stadium at the onset of the 2009 season. Prior to that they played their ball at the Orange Bowl. Originally opened as Burdine Stadium in Little Havana in 1937, the venue was renamed in 1959 for the Orange Bowl game. The name of the venue became permanent, and the Orange Bowl continued to be staged there until 1995, when the bowl game was moved to Dolphin Stadium (now known as Sun Life Stadium).
The Orange Bowl is where the Hurricanes gained their prominence. It's where Florida State became feared. And it's one of the most notable links to a collegiate team that a stadium has in football. When one thinks Miami Hurricanes, they think Orange Bowl. The largest all-time crowd to witness a game in the historic stadium was an instant classic in 1995 that drew 81,753 fans to see Nebraska defeat the Hurricanes, 24-17.
The ibis was adopted in 1926 as the school's official mascot for the athletic programs. Known as a bird of courage, knowledge, strength and speed, it is thought to be a natural leader. When hurricanes approach folklore maintains that other birds look to the ibis for guidance. It is the last bird to seek shelter before a storm hits, indicating that danger is imminent, and the first bird to return once the danger is clear. The ibis was selected as a symbol of what the student-athlete at Miami is to portray.