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MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Metcalf
561-297-3022,
lmetcalf@fau.edu

FAU Stadium to Generate Estimated $1.8 Million in Revenue on Game Day
Overall Stadium Project Created 2,000 Jobs

            BOCA RATON, FL (May 9, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University’s new 30,000-seat on-campus football stadium could generate an estimated $1.8 million to FAU and the local economy on each game day, according to the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the County as a sports and sports tourism destination.
            The FAU stadium project has already made an important impact, as it contributed to the creation of 2,000 jobs, including all work done onsite and offsite since the official planning stages began in 2008.
            “Florida Atlantic University’s stadium has already begun to positively impact the University and local community as a whole,” said Tom Donaudy, vice president for facilities at FAU. “Once it opens, it will positively impact the economic portfolio of South Florida.”
            The stadium is the centerpiece of FAU’s Innovation Village, located in the north central area of campus.  Home of the Owl football team, the open-air stadium, a $70 million project funded through a direct bank loan and private donations, is slated to feature 6,000 premium seats, including 24 suites, 26 loge boxes, 1,000 premier club seats and 4,000 priority club seats, and the latest, state-of-the-art amenities.  FAU will play all home football games in the new stadium in fall 2011.
            The stadium project is a design joint-venture between architects HKS Architects and INC/Schenkel Schultz, as well as a construction joint-venture by Cummings General Contractors and Balfour Beatty Construction.
            For more information on the stadium, visit http://www.faustadium.com . To observe the progress on the construction of the stadium online, visit http://www.fau.edu/stadium/multimedia.html . To purchase season tickets, contact Scott Erdmann at 561-297-0579or serdmann@fau.edu .

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About Florida Atlantic University:

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit www.fau.edu .

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