25 Fun Facts About The Miami Orange Bowl


Though it is long gone now, the Miami Orange Bowl was a great place to watch some football. Here is a look at some interesting info and fun facts about this important football venue.

-The stadium opened in 1937 and for the first 22 years of its life was known as Burdine Stadium.

-Burdine Stadium had been named after Roddy Burdine, an early Miami resident and prominent businessman. He was the owner of Burdines Department Store, a regionally famous and very popular store in the state.

-The Miami Orange Bowl was the site of the 1987 NWA Great American Bash professional wrestling supercard.

-The stadium has been home to two college football teams. The University of Miami Hurricanes played home games there from 1937 to 2007. The Florida International University football team used the facility as its home stadium in 2007 while it was having its own stadium being built.

-The stadium’s official date of demolshment was May 14th, 2008.

-The Orange Bowl was home to one of the better boxing matches of the early 1980’s when Aaron Pryor defeated Alexis Arguello by TKO there in the 14th round on Novembmer 12th, 1982. Roberto Duran was also victorious on the very same night.

-Now that the Miami Orange Bowl has been demolished, a new baseball stadium for Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins will be built where it once stood.

-A great many musical acts appeared at the Miami Orange Bowl over the years including David Bowie, The Police, Prince, Foreigner, The Rolling Stones, Genesis, Madonna, George Michael, Metallica, The Eagles, The Jacksons, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, U2, Jimmy Buffet, Pink Floyd, Van Halen, Scorpions, and AC/DC.

-In the late 1950’s the local minor league baseball team that also played as the Miami Marlins played some home games at the Miami Orange Bowl.

-The Miami Orange Bowl was featured in the 1977 film Black Sunday and much of the footage shot was filmed during Super Bowl X.

-The 1994 Jim Carrey comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective features a number of shots of the Orange Bowl throughout it.

-The stadium featured natural grass from 1937 to 1969. It then switched to a PolyTurf surface from 1970 to 1975. In 1976 and until it was demolished, the stadium had moved back to having a natural grass surface.

-The Dallas Cowboys lost three of the five Super Bowls played at the Miami Orange Bowl.

-The owner and operator of the Miami Orange Bowl was the City of Miami.

-The Miami Orange Bowl hosted one Canadian Football League game during its history. In 1995 there was an exhibition game held there between the Birmingham Barracudas and the Baltimore Stallions.

-The Miami Dolphins played their home games in the stadium from their first season in football all the way to 1986 when they left to go occupy their own brand new stadium then known as Joe Robbie Stadium.

-The Miami Seahawks were a failed one year entrant in the All American Football Conference in 1946 and they were the the city’s first major professional team and the first pro football team to call the Orange Bowl home.

-The 1975 NFL Pro Bowl Game was played at the Orange Bowl where the NFC won 17-10 and Rams quarterback James Harris was awarded the MVP trophy.

-The Miami Orange Bowl hosted five different Super Bowls; II, II, V, X, and XIII.

-Super Bowl V at the Orange Bowl was the first Super Bowl played on artificial turf.

-Two soccer teams called the Orange Bowl home. From 1972 to 1976 it was the home of the Miami Toros and then from 1988 to 1992 it was the home of the Miami Freedom.

-The Orange Bowl was home to the nation’s longest home winning streak in college football. From 1985 to 1994, the Miami Hurricanes were victorious in 58 straight home games there.

-The stadium had earlier been a part of another famous winning streak. It was the home stadium and the site of half the team’s wins during the famous 1972 Miami Dolphins perfect season.

-From 1938 to 1973, the Miami Orange Bowl was the location where the North-South Shrine Game was played.

-The final professional football game to be played in the Miami Orange Bowl happened in 2000. It was a game from the short lived Spring Football League and featured the visiting San Antonio Matadors defeating the hometown Miami Tropics.

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