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UM: Coach Richt, President Frenk Take Part in Groundbreaking on Greentree

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami held its official groundbreaking ceremony for the Carol Soffer Football Indoor Practice Facility Thursday at the future site of the building on the Greentree Practice Fields.

University of Miami President Julio Frenk, Director of Athletics Blake James, head football coach Mark Richt, Mayor of Coral Gables Raúl Valdés-Fauli and Carol Soffer, the namesake of the building, were among those who took part in the ceremony, which marked a major milestone in the project, expected to open in fall of 2018.

To date, just over $32 million of the $34 million needed for construction has been raised through the generosity of Hurricane supporters across the nation.

The Soffer Family’s lead commitment of $14 million, the largest gift in University of Miami Athletics history, was announced in September 2016.

“The Carol Soffer Football Indoor Practice Facility will go a long way towards strengthening our commitment to building champions,” James said. “We are thrilled and humbled that so many Hurricanes alumni, fans and former players – and especially the Soffer Family — have stepped forward to help fund this ambitious project.”

The 81,800-square-foot facility will feature two field-turf fields – one 80 yards long, and an additional 40-yard field directly connecting to the Squillante Strength and Conditioning Center. The facility will feature interconnectivity to the Hecht Athletic Center.

“The Carol Soffer Football Indoor Practice Facility will help support and strengthen our student-athletes’ ability to perform and compete at the highest levels,” said UM President Julio Frenk. “Hurricane Athletics’ quest of ‘Building Champions’ complements the University’s ‘Roadmap to our New Century’ and enhances our commitment to overall excellence.”

Soffer is a lifelong champion of the University of Miami football program and athletics department, and an active member of the University community.

Originally from Chicago, Soffer has been a Golden Cane Society donor for over 20 years and supported many Miami Athletics initiatives, most recently the Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence project.

“The indoor practice facility is a major step forward for the University of Miami,” Soffer said. “It’s not only important for the football program but also for the athletic department as a whole. It’s going to be an amazing, state-of-the-art facility and I am proud and honored to have my name on the building.”

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