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FAU Hosts Launch Party for New On-Campus Stadium

BOCA RATON, FL (June 2, 2011) – The Florida Atlantic University athletics department recently hosted a launch party for FAU’s new on-campus football stadium and Innovation Village. More than 100 guests attended the event, which was held at the Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center on the Boca Raton campus.

“I would like to express my appreciation once again to all of our generous donors and friends who continue to support the stadium project,” said FAU President Mary Jane Saunders. “FAU is becoming a ‘first choice’ university for an increasing number of students, and the new stadium will undoubtedly heighten the traditional college experience for them and all members of the FAU family.”

FAU Athletics Director Craig Angelos welcomed guests to the event and served as master of ceremonies. Guests included Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel; City Furniture President Keith Koenig; Rick Case Automotive Group owners Rick and Rita Case; Steve Schmidt, president of the North American Business Solutions Division for Office Depot; Laura and Skip Stoltz, owners of Brewzzi Restaurants and Stoltz Companies; FAU benefactors Richard and Barbara Schmidt, Marleen Forkas and Eleanor Baldwin; FAU Board of Trustees member Tom Workman and FAU National Alumni Association Board of Directors Chair Romayne Berry.

Guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music and a tour of the stadium construction site, and had an opportunity to purchase priority club and premier club season tickets. FAU will play five games in the new stadium during the 2011 season. The first home game is scheduled for Saturday, October 15.

“Excitement abounds not only on campus but throughout the FAU family,” said Head Football Coach Howard Schnellenberger. “The FAU football program has accomplished so much over the last 10 years, and thanks to our generous donors and supporters, we can look forward to a continuation of the celebrations in our new home stadium.”

The FAU stadium is the centerpiece of FAU’s Innovation Village, located in the north central area of the Boca Raton campus. Home of the Owl football team, the 30,000-seat open-air stadium, a $70 million project, 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.

For more information about the FAU stadium, visit www.fausports.com.

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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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