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


FAU to Host Groundbreaking of Football Stadium

            BOCA RATON, FL (October 12, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University will host the groundbreaking of its 30,000-seat football stadium on Friday, October 15 at 4 p.m. at the stadium site just north of Lee Street at FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.  A football tailgate party will immediately follow the groundbreaking in the plaza directly across from the site, between the Recreation and Fitness Center and the Marleen & Harold Forkas Alumni Center.
            The stadium is the centerpiece of FAU’s Innovation Village, located in the north central area of campus.  Home of the Owls football team, the open-air stadium, a $70 million project, is slated to feature 6,000 premium seats and the latest, state-of-the-art amenities. It is anticipated to be completed and available for use in the fall 2011 semester.
            Ayden Maher, president of FAU’s Student Government; Howard Schnellenberger, head coach of the FAU football team; Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel; Nancy Blosser, chair of FAU’s Board of Trustees; FAU President Mary Jane Saunders; Chancellor of the State University System of Florida Frank T. Brogan; and Craig Angelos, FAU athletic director, are scheduled to speak.
            Press seating and risers will be available. In addition, there will be an opportunity for media interviews following the ceremony.  Also, there will be a media filing room available to the press following the event.
            For additional information, contact Lisa Metcalf at 561-297-3022 or lmetcalf@fau.edu.

- FAU-

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 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. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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FAU Athletics is comprised of 18 intercollegiate teams involving 450 student athletes that compete in baseball, basketball, cross country,  football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track, and volleyball. The Owls are a NCAA Division I-A (FBS) institution and compete in the Sun Belt Conference in all but men’s soccer, which participates in the Mid America Conference. The Owls have been playing football since 2001 and have captured two bowl games. Cheer and dance are also part of the athletic department family and represent the University annually in competition and within the community.

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