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University of Miami’s CanesFest will be on campus Saturday

The University of Miami’s football season kicks off at 8 p.m. on Sept. 1.

But Hurricanes fans can start celebrating Saturday at CanesFest.

This year, for the first time, the event — which centers on football but brings together fans with players and coaches from several Miami sports — will be at the Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence and Greentree Field.

“Whenever we can get our fans on campus to interact in a positive environment with our student-athletes, it’s a good thing,” said UM director of track and field/cross country Amy Deem. “Obviously, CanesFest is geared toward football, but it gives families and kids a chance to interact with all our student-athletes, which is positive for all our sports.”

Assistant track/cross-country coach Damon Griffiths said the Canes will set up mini-hurdles and relay races at Greentree, where the football team has its practices. “It’s fun for both the track athletes and community because we’re kicking off the fall seasons,” he said.

Here are the highlights of the CanesFest events, according to UM’s press office:

The UM Sports Hall of Fame, which is adjacent to the Hecht Athletic Center/Schwartz Center on San Amaro Drive, will be open to visitors from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“For fans, to know where we’re going, you have to know where we’ve been,” said Hall of Fame executive director John Routh. “So stop by and see our history and accomplishments over the last 85 years.”

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