In 1968, the Orange Bowl hosted its first Super Bowl. The following year, it hosted again. It would then go on to house three more Super Bowls and eleven National Championship games, as well. (1) The University of Miami, its primary tenant since 1987, won a total of three National Championships at the Orange Bowl. (2) The Miami Orange Bowl was a revered stomping ground of college football. The attendance at home games backed up that claim. Out of the top ten highest attended games, six of them pulled in over 80,000 spectators. Their seventh highest had a total attendance of 79,932. (3)
The Miami Hurricanes were a forced to be reckoned with in the mid-eighties and nineties, when they rattled off 58 consecutive wins at the Orange Bowl. (4) However, the profile of the Orange Bowl started to die down when it needed renovations and it ended its hosting of the Orange Bowl Game in 1999. Despite holding Olympic soccer matches in 1996 and a speech from President Kennedy after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, the venue was too run down to continue. (2) The Miami Orange Bowl was closed and demolished in 2008, against the wishes of the university.