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Hurricanes seek $7 million for upgrades to practice field, other facilities

 
 
University of Miami athletic director Blake James answers questions during football media day on campus in Coral Gables on Aug. 9, 2013.
University of Miami athletic director Blake James answers questions during football media day on campus in Coral Gables on Aug. 9, 2013.
Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

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The University of Miami is initiating a $7 million fundraising effort to build a lighted artificial turf football practice field, dining hall for athletes and four cold pools for cooling down and recovering after workouts.

The project is being called the Football Victory Fund.

“We have to invest in our football program with the needed resources to continue building champions,’’ UM athletic director Blake James said in a pamphlet that will be sent to boosters and others.

The artificial turf practice field will allow UM to practice at night, and according to the pamphlet, “will ease wear on our natural grass fields and simulate game surfaces in 30 percent of ACC Stadiums.’’

The “Student-Athlete Training Table’’ will be a 3,200-square-foot “specialized dining facility’’ used by more than 400 athletes.

The “Football Recovery Zone’’ will consist of four “Polar Pools’’ that can hold 14 athletes per pool.

The construction timetable has not been announced.

UM recently raised $14.7 million to help fund the new Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence.

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