Riccardo Silva Stadium

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Riccardo Silva Stadium
Riccardo Silva at Riccardo Silva Stadium.jpg
Former names FIU Community Stadium (1995–2001) Ocean Bank Field at FIU Stadium (2001–2017)
Location 11200 Southwest 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
Coordinates 25°45′9″N 80°22′40″W / 25.75250°N 80.37778°W / 25.75250; -80.37778Coordinates: 25°45′9″N 80°22′40″W / 25.75250°N 80.37778°W / 25.75250; -80.37778
Owner Florida International University
Operator Florida International University
Executive suites 19
Capacity 20,000[1] (2012)
Record attendance 22,682 (2011 vs. Duke)
Surface FieldTurf
Construction
Broke ground July 24, 1994 (1994-07-24)
Opened September 24, 1995 (1995-09-24)[4]
Expanded 2001, 2008 and 2012
Construction cost $3 million (Original stadium, 1994)
($4.72 million in 2016 dollars[2])[3]
US$54 million (New stadium, 2007)
Architect Rossetti Architects
BEA Architects
General contractor Odebrecht Construction
Tenants
FIU Panthers (NCAA) (1995–present)
Football (2002–present)
Track and Field (1995–2006)
Miami FC (USL First Division) (2009)
Miami FC (NASL) (2016–present)

Riccardo Silva Stadium[5] is a college football and soccer stadium on the campus of Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida and the home stadium of the FIU Panthers football team and Miami FC. The stadium opened in 1995 and has a seating capacity of 20,000.

History[edit]

FIU Community Stadium[edit]

FIU Community Stadium was the first dedicated sports facility at the school, replacing Tamiami Field. Construction officially began on July 24, 1994 and the facility opened on September 24, 1995, as a 7,500-seat football and track stadium. It was built as a joint venture between FIU, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami-Dade Parks, and the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair.[4] In anticipation of the inaugural FIU Golden Panthers football[Note 1] season in fall 2002, the university placed movable bleachers around the stadium's all-weather running track in 2001, which increased the stadium's capacity to 17,000 seats.

Renovation[edit]

Years Stadium capacity
1995–2001 7,500[3]
2002–2007 17,000[6]
2008–2011 18,000[7]
2012–present 20,000

In 2007, the university announced a major expansion and redesign for FIU Stadium. The redesign of FIU Stadium would increase the stadium's capacity to 45,000 fans, to be built in phases. For the first phase of the expansion, the school demolished a large portion of the original 1995 stadium. The west, south and east sides of FIU Stadium were taken down and construction began on the new, permanent stadium. The expansion was completed in September 2008 for the 2008 football season. Phase one increased the stadium's capacity from 17,000 fans to 18,000, including 1,500 club seats.[8] During construction, the 2007 FIU Golden Panthers football team played its home games in the Miami Orange Bowl.

The new facility opened for the first home game of the 2008 football season against the South Florida Bulls on September 20. The Golden Panthers lost 17–9 in front of a crowd of 16,717.[9] The team won its first game in the new stadium on October 11, 2008 against Sun Belt Conference rival the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders, 31–21. The team finished its first season in the new stadium with three wins and two losses. In 2009, the university began the second phase of the stadium expansion, which included the construction of a new football field house. Renovations were completed in 2012 and the capacity increased to 20,00 seats.

In 2017, the university agreed to a five year deal to rename the stadium after Riccardo Silva, part owner of Miami FC, which also plays at the stadium. Before the deal, Silva had donated $3.76 million for various improvements to the stadium including a new playing surface and Jumbotron video scoreboard.[5][10]

Attendance[edit]

Historical Attendance at FIU Stadium
Rank Attendance Date Game result
1 22,682 October 1, 2011 FIU 27, Duke 31
(2011 Homecoming)
2 20,205 September 12, 2011 FIU 17, UCF 10
3 19,872 September 11, 2010 FIU 14, Rutgers 19
4 18,524 September 24, 2016 FIU 14, UCF 53
5 17,962 October 24, 2015 FIU 41, Old Dominion 12
(2015 Homecoming)

On October 1, 2011 FIU Stadium drew its largest attendance in school history. A crowd of 22,268 came to watch the Panthers play the Duke Blue Devils football team for the team's 2011 homecoming game. During the game, the Goodyear Blimp made its first appearance at FIU Stadium. The Miami Tower in Downtown Miami was also lit in blue and gold from September 26 to October 1, 2011 in honor of the game.[11]

Renaming[edit]

On April 3, 2017 FIU stadium was renamed Riccardo Silva Stadium.[5][12][10] The decision to rename the stadium is in recognition of the support given by Riccardo Silva to the FIU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics since 2015. 

Structure and facilities[edit]

A wide photograph of a mostly empty stadium.
Panoramic photograph of the stadium

Designed by Rossetti Architects,[13] the stadium has a 6,500-square-foot (600 m2) Panther Club on the ground level, an upper concourse for additional fan seating and concessions, a jumbotron scoreboard, and 19 luxury suites. Seating includes chairback seats and bench seating, all with backrests. Panther fans shout "Rattle the Cage!" and fans will stomp and jump in unison on the bleachers creating a very loud reverberation throughout the steel and aluminum stadium.[citation needed] The Rattling of the Cage is done throughout the game, notably while the team is on defense and during cheers.[14][15]

In April 2017 Riccardo Silva Stadium has also seen significant improvements made to the facility over the last two months, with completion of two major projects.  The first is the installation of a new state of the art playing surface.  The new surface, FieldTurf’s Revolution 360, features fibers that provide for optimal durability, resilience and feel and is used by many of the country’s biggest NFL and soccer teams.

Riccardo Silva Stadium has also been enhanced by installation of a new videoboard, replacing the existing scoreboard, providing a huge boost to the fan experience at The Miami FC’s soccer games.  Measuring approximately 31x59 feet, the new videoboard will feature a 13HD pixel layout, the premier technology for outdoor applications within the sports industry. It will have full live video and instant replay capabilities, along with multiple zones of content, including statistics and graphics.

In April 2011, the field was named Alfonso Field after alumnus David F. Alfonso. The facility also includes a two-story, 50,000-square-foot (4,600 m2) field house, named for trustee R. Kirk Landon, which includes a 14,000-square-foot (1,300 m2) weight room. The stadium also includes 8,500 square feet (790 m2) of locker rooms, an equipment room, a full-service athletic training facility, a ticket office, a merchandise area, and an FIU Athletics Hall of Fame.

Transportation[edit]

Miami-Dade Transit serves Riccardo Silva Stadium with Metrobus lines 8, 11, 24, and 71. Bus lines 8, 11 and the 24 connect Riccardo Silva Stadium directly with Downtown Miami and Brickell.[16] For students at the Biscayne Bay Campus, the Riccardo Silva Golden Panther Express offers direct bus service to Riccardo Silva Stadium. Riccardo Silva Stadium has multiple bike racks for fans traveling by bicycle. Parking on game days is free. Tailgate parking areas around the stadium open six hours before kickoff.[17]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ FIU dropped the word "Golden" from its nickname starting in the 2010–11 school year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.worldofstadiums.com/north-america/united-states/florida/riccardo-silva-stadium/
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Polansky, Risa (March 8, 2007). "FIU Plans $50 Million Stadium, Student Center". Miami Today. Archived from the original on February 6, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Heralding the New Stadium". The Miami Herald. September 24, 1995. p. 4. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "FIU Stadium gets facelift, new name after Miami FC owner gives record $3.76 million donation". miamiherald. Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  6. ^ "2006 FIU Football Program" (PDF). FIU Athletics. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "FIU Breaks Ground On New Stadium" (Press release). FIU Athletics. May 25, 2007. Archived from the original on July 4, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  8. ^ "FIU Stadium". CollegeGridirons.com. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  9. ^ USF vs FIU (Stats report). FIU Athletics. September 20, 2010. Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b McMurphy, Brett. "Riccardo Silva Stadium will be the new name of FIU's football stadium, sources told ESPN.". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved 30 March 2017. 
  11. ^ Merille, Eduardo (September 1, 2011). "Iconic Downtown Building to go Blue and Gold for Homecoming". FIU News. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  12. ^ "FIU names stadium for entrepreneur, real estate investor Riccardo Silva". The Real Deal Miami. 2017-04-03. Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  13. ^ "NOTICE TO ARCHITECT/ENGINEERS – BT-842 FIU Stadium Expansion & Master Plan" (PDF). Florida International University. September 9, 2011. p. 1–3. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 24, 2013. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  14. ^ "FIU Rattles The City". Antisteez.com. November 30, 2010. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  15. ^ Brooks, Jeff (August 1, 2007). "Odebrecht Building Expandable Stadium at FIU" (Southeast ed.). ConstructionEquipmentGuide.com. 9054. 
  16. ^ "Metrobus". Miami-Dade County. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Game Day Parking". FIU Athletics. Archived from the original on June 10, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 

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