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BankUnited CanesFest Set for Aug. 23 at 4 PM

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The countdown to the 2014 football season is underway, and the University of Miami will help kick off festivities with the annual BankUnited CanesFest on Aug. 23 from 4-7 p.m.

For the first time in history, the event will be held at the recently opened Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence and the newly upgraded Greentree Practice Fields. The event is free and open to the public.

2014 BankUnited CanesFest Events

  • Interactive games for kids, including a baseball radar gun, a timed 40-yard dash competition, volleyball, golf, track & field, women's basketball, rowing, and football drills stations spread across the athletics facilities, as well as inflatables.

  • Guided tours of the new athletics facilities, including the new football locker room, the training room and the weight room, from 5-7 p.m.

  • An autograph session featuring student-athletes (4:30-6 p.m.) and coaches (4:45-6 p.m.). Please note that fans may only receive player autographs on the official CanesFest poster.

  • A photo booth for fans of all ages, and photo opportunities with Sebastian the Ibis, the Miami Maniac, as well as a “Dress Like a Cane” station where fans can try on the football uniforms new for the 2014 season.

  • The one-of-a-kind opportunity to run through the smoke out of the Miami helmet, a tradition unlike any other. Feel what it’s like to be a Hurricane on game day!

  • An interactive picnic area set up on the Schwartz Center patio including food trucks, official Miami Hurricanes merchandise for sale, ticket sales tables and Hurricane Club representatives.

  • The UM Sports Hall of Fame, adjacent to the Hecht Athletic Center on San Amaro Drive, will be open for all visitors from 3-7 p.m.

  • Hurricane greats including Joaquin Gonzalez, Sherko Haji-Rasouli and K.C. Jones will be signing autographs and taking pictures with fans from 4-5 p.m. in the Schwartz Center. 

  • Gino Torretta will be also be at the Schwartz Center from 4-4:45 p.m. Fans can take pictures with Gino and his trophies on display, including the Heisman, Davey O'Brien, Maxwell and Johnny Unitas trophies.

Miami opens the 2014 season Sept. 1 against new ACC member Louisville at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Secure your seats to Miami’s home games vs. Florida State and North Carolina (Homecoming) today with a Two-Game Mini-Plan. Plans start at just $108 and include the same seat to both games plus a complimentary hat ($30 value). For more information or to order online, visit

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