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|| News Item: Posted 2008-04-29

Sad Goodbye To The Orange Bowl
By Al Diaz, Miami Herald

Photo by Al Diaz / Miami Herald

Photo by Al Diaz / Miami Herald

The Orange Bowl in Miami.
At this point there is only about a third of the structure left standing.

It sure is a sad sight from the 836 Dolphin Expressway. I pass it daily on my way to the office. It's like watching a family member suffer a slow painful death.

I'm not looking forward to shooting UM at Dolphin Stadium, (previously known as Joe Robbie Stadium, Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium where the Florida Marlins play. That just does not sound right.

I grew up just beyond the shadows of the Orange Bowl less than a mile and three minutes away. I was there for the Miami Dolphin's perfect season,

The roar of Super Bowl III was a thrill from my front porch.

My first sports photo on the AP wire was of the University of Miami's Otis Anderson breaking a school rushing record for more than 1,000 yards in 1979.

Since then I've covered numerous sporting events at the OB for the Miami Herald. Covering UM's final somber send-off from this classic stadium left me nostalgic for all those early years of my youth.

Goodbye OB.

(Al Diaz is a staff photographer at the Miami Herald. You can see his work at his member page:

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