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Construction Delays at Miami Stadium Could Mean Multiple Miami Hurricane Games at Florida Atlantic

The U might be forced to move home games, setting up a South Florida Stadium musical chairs.

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Florida Atlantic could see their football stadium get a lot more use than anticipated.

The Miami Hurricanes of the ACC are seeing construction being done on New Miami Stadium, previously Sun Life Stadium, and it's looking like not getting done soon.

Previous delays have already forced the stadium's other tenant, the Miami Dolphins, to move their NFL pre-season game scheduled for Thursday, August 25th versus Atlanta to Orlando and Camping World Stadium, a.k.a. the newly-renovated Citrus Bowl.

While the Dolphins' Thursday, September 1st pre-season game versus Tennessee is still set for Miami, according to long-time Miami sports personality Hank Goldberg on CBSSports.com, that's the least of the problems.

According to Goldberg, the Canes' season opener against FCS Florida A&M on Saturday, September 3rd is already set to be at Florida Atlantic.

However, there's one problem with that. The Owls are set to use FAU Stadium on that same day, hosting FCS Southern Illinois. If Miami were to play in Boca Raton, they or FAU would have to move their game to a different day, unless both parties want two games in the same day. The good news is that the first week is an NFL-less weekend, so either game could be moved to Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday or Monday.

This does bring up another point in Miami's closest FBS neighbor in Florida International. FIU is in Miami and is actually closer to the Miami campus than New Miami Stadium. It would beat driving 64 miles from campus to Boca Raton for a home game.

Furthermore, Miami could play at FIU on a Saturday with no problem as the Golden Panthers' season opener hosting Indiana is on Thursday night.

Beyond Labor Day weekend, Miami is slated to host FAU in the second week of the season. While Goldberg doesn't mention that game at all, he talks more about how the Hurricanes' following home game, a rivalry clash with Florida State on Saturday, October 8th, is in jeopardy. One would assume that the Miami/FAU Week 2 game would have to be moved as well. That solution seems to be a lot easier with FAU Stadium vacant that weekend.

So unless The U pays a small fortune to use Marlins Park (the Marlins are on a road trip all Labor Day weekend) or follow the Dolphins' lead and move 240+ miles to Camping World Stadium (which hosts Ole Miss and Florida State on Monday, September 5th), it's looking more like FAU and FIU could be the beneficiaries of South Beach incompetence.