I covered the Florida State-Miami game last season at the Orange Bowl. It was not a pleasant experience.
In this day and age, one expects to be able to access the Internet and make cell phone calls. The city of Miami, which puts the funk in dysfunctional, owns the Orange Bowl. It doesn't care if reporters facing night-game deadlines are able to access anything but three typical phone lines. (Dear Miami officials: there is something called wireless; check it out.)
University of Miami folks in charge of making sure that a minimum of preparation is taken basically shrugged their shoulders in a "whadda ya want us to do?'' manner.
After what I considered to be a truly awful experience -- based on just trying to do my job -- I swore to myself that I wouldn't return to the Orange Bowl unless a national championship hinged on the outcome.
Luckily this week, the University of Miami and the Miami Dolphins removed the problem. After this season (which I doubt will take me to Miami to cover any Hurricanes games), Miami is moving from the Orange Bowl to Dolphins Stadium. Hooray.