Hurricanes baseball is almost here, and Saturday is the day to bring your family and friends to the ballpark to meet the Canes on what is forecast to be a gorgeous day.
The University of Miami will host its annual Fan Fest and Alumni Game at Alex Rodriguez Park's Mark Light Field beginning at 4 p.m. The stadium is at the intersection of San Amaro Drive and Ponce de Leon Boulevard in Coral Gables.
The event, free to the public, starts with an hour-long autograph session. Temperatures are expected to hover around 75 degrees under sunny skies.
Among the other activities are locker room tours (during the autograph session), running the bases, a "Dress Like a Cane'' station, photos with the Miami Maniac and a face-tattoo station.
Hurricanes baseball alumni will take batting practice before being introduced at 5:30 p.m. The alumni will then face the 2016 Canes at 6 p.m. in an exhibition game.
"I'm excited about seeing some of the past players,'' said UM coach Jim Morris, whose Canes (50-17 in 2015 with their first berth in the College World Series since 2008) open the season at home at 7 p.m. next Friday -- Feb. 19 -- against Rutgers. "This is always a fun day for everyone.''
Representatives from the Miami ticket office will be available for fans to select their seats for season-ticket packages.
Season tickets begin at $99, with family plans (two adults, three youth) for the 35-game home schedule available for $199.
Call 305-284-2263 for more information.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN