CMA Vice President Jose L. Acosta, P.E. attended the ground breaking ceremony for the Orange Bowl Field at Harris Field Park in Homestead on December 15. Attendees enjoyed a presentation of local football teams, remarks from community leaders and catered refreshments. Among those at the groundbreaking was recently retired Super Bowl-winning safety and former University of Miami All-American Antrel Rolle, who grew up playing football in Homestead. CMA provided civil engineering services as a subconsultant to The Orange Bowl Committee.
The new Orange Bowl Field at Harris Field Park will be upgraded to a state-of-the-art facility with new amenities for both fans and players. The facility will include new artificial turf, scoreboard, fencing, goal posts and sound system. Additional facility upgrades will include renovated locker rooms, restrooms, press box and concession stand. Orange Bowl Field and the surrounding area will also receive new concrete walkways, windscreens and upgraded landscaping. The improvements will allow for more community use of Harris Field Park as well as serve eight local high schools. The field upgrades will be completed by the beginning of the 2017 high school football season.
In addition, CMA is a proud supporter of the 2016 MetroPCS Orange Bowl Big Buddy program and made a donation to send 50 kids to the 23nd Annual MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic on December 17 at the BB&T Center. The charitable contribution is important to CMA as the firm designed the Orange Bowl Field at Carter Park and the Orange Bowl Field at Ives Estate Park in addition to Harris Field Park.
The Orange Bowl Committee was created in 1935 with the mission of generating tourism for South Florida through an annual football game and supporting events. The non-profit, sports organization that promotes and serves the South Florida community has grown to 360 members since its inception. It has expanded beyond Greater Miami to become a cornerstone of the entire South Florida area. For more information, please visit www.orangebowl.org