September 2, 1998

CORAL GABLES, FL – The University of Miami football team continued itspreparation for Saturday’s season-opener against East Tennessee State witha two-hour afternoon practice in pads today at the Greentree Practice Fieldon the UM campus. Saturday’s game will be the first meeting betweenthe Hurricanes and the East Tennessee State Buccaneers.

Head coach Butch Davis said that although his players are ready toget the season started, their play at the beginning of today’s workoutshowed otherwise.

“I know our players are really anxious to play but they have to stayfocused,” said Davis. “I was very disappointed by the lack of effortour players put forth during the beginning of today’s practice. Theplayers looked so flat that we had to start practice over.But, as the session went on, the players showed more energy and intensity.”

Anticipation is high for the opener as the University of Miami introducesa number of fan conveniences and enhancements to the Orange Bowl.New this season is Touchdown Alley, an interactive family fun zone in theeast end zone; Storm Front student tailgate in Lot N2 featuring free foodand beverages, contests, music and giveaways for UM students with validCane Card;

On site game day parking for $12 in Lots W4, N1 and N2; $5 Park andRide shuttle to the Orange Bowl from Lot 18 (N. River Dr. & NW 12thSt.); Fireworks during night games (East Tennessee State, Virginia Tech,Pittsburgh); Team entrance onto the field through a giant, smoke-filledinflatable UM helmet.

The Hurricanes are also participating in the “Take a Kid to the Game”promotion in which one free youth ticket (children 17 and under) will begiven with every full priced, $8 adult ticket. Tickets will be onsale game day at the Orange Bowl’s NE ticket plaza starting at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday’s 7:30 kickoff will be televised tape-delay on SportsChannelat 11:30 p.m.

Season and single-game tickets are available at the UM ticket office,all TicketMaster locations, or can be ordered by phone at 1-800-GO-CANES.

Injury Report: There were no new injuries reported.