Hard to imagine a day at Miami University gets much bigger than this. On Saturday, April 19, Miami Athletics broke ground on the new Indoor Sport Center that will be featured on the north end of Yager Stadium. On the south side of Yager, Miami added a ninth member to the Cradle of Coaches Plaza, Super Bowl winner, John Harbaugh.

The 91,000-square-foot indoor facility will be built almost fully with donor contributions and will be used by student-athletes, intramural and club sports participants and youth athletic tournaments.

The $13,000,000 indoor sports center will feature a full 120-yard football field that will be used for all of Miami’s 19 varsity sports. It will have a synthetic “field turf” playing surface similar to Yager Stadium, permitting use by varsity, club and recreational sports programs. Other features include netting for baseball, softball and golf, along with four 100-yard sprint lanes, a high jump area and a long jump pit. Storage space and an observation deck will also be included.

The statue of Harbaugh joins the existing Cradle of Coaches statues of Earl "Red" Blaik, Paul Brown, Carm Cozza, Paul Dietzel, Wilbur "Weeb" Ewbank, Ara Parseghian, John Pont and Glenn "Bo" Schembechler. The statues honor Miami graduates who have earned recognition as national collegiate or professional coaches of the year, who have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame or the Pro Football Hall of Fame, or whose teams won national collegiate or professional/Super Bowl championships.

Harbaugh's image was also added to the Cradle of Coaches mural that is on front of the scoreboard on the south end of Yager Stadium.






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