The University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame has postponed its induction ceremony out of cautiousness related to the coronavirus, which causes COVID-19.
The 52nd annual induction banquet was originally schedule for April 2 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center.
The UM Sports Hall of Fame wrote in its email announcing the postponement that the event was put on hold “after careful consideration and with an abundance of caution.’’
“We regret having to do this, but due to the current health situation we felt like it was prudent,’’ UM Sports Hall of Fame executive director John Routh told the Miami Herald. “We are working with the facility to reschedule.’’
Last year, when UM football greats Vince Wilfork and Antrel Rolle were part of the induction class, the event drew more than 500 guests.
The new banquet date will be “announced in the near future” and “will be held as originally planned’’ at he DoubleTree.
The Class of 2020 inductees includes Jay Brophy, Phillip Buchanon and Kevin Williams from football, Yasmani Grandal from baseball, basketball’s Johnny Hemsley, soccer’s Brittany Steinbruch, Laura Vallverdu from tennis and former track & field coach Mike Ward.
For more information or to purchase tickets for the banquet, call Routh at 305-284-2775 or go to umsportshalloffame.com.
This story was originally published March 11, 2020 2:03 PM.