FAU Hosts Ribbon Cutting Event for 30,000-Seat On-Campus Football Stadium
BOCA RATON, FL (October 14, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University cut the ribbon today on its new, 30,000-seat football stadium on its Boca Raton campus. Home of the Owls football team, the stadium is the centerpiece of FAU’s Innovation Village, located in the north central area of campus. The open-air stadium features 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 including a natural grass field.
“What a monumental time for FAU,” said FAU President Mary Jane Saunders. “The stadium will not only provide a traditional university experience for our students, but it will also serve as a gathering place for the entire community. We sincerely thank all who were involved in this landmark project.”
This event precedes FAU’s first home game in the stadium, scheduled for Saturday, October 15 at 4 p.m., when the Owls play host to fellow Sun Belt Conference member Western Kentucky University.
“One of my biggest dreams has officially become a reality today,” said FAU Football Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger. “I have watched this amazing stadium rise over the past year, and it’s a facility people from all over will come to, to watch FAU football and celebrate the collegiate experience with family and friends. This stadium will be the site of many celebrations and words cannot describe how happy I am to see it come to fruition.”
Ayden Maher, president of FAU’s Student Government; Jared Allen, FAU quarterbacks coach and former starting quarterback of FAU’s inaugural football team; Robert J. Stilley, chair of FAU’s Board of Trustees; Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel; Steven Nivet, area president of Regions Bank; Chancellor of the State University System of Florida Frank T. Brogan; FAU Football Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger; Craig Angelos, FAU athletic director; and FAU President Mary Jane Saunders spoke at the event. Master of ceremonies was Ken LaVicka, ESPN760AM personality and play-by-play commentator for FAU football and men’s basketball. The ceremony was followed by FAU’s Parent & Family Block Party at the FAU Housing Lawn.
“I want to thank everyone who played a role in building this stadium,” said Angelos. “It’s been 10 years in the making, and we couldn’t have done it without the support we received from FAU, the architects, the construction team and the community.”
Architects for the project were HKS Architects and INC/Schenkel Schultz, and construction was completed by Cummings General Contractors and Balfour Beatty Construction.
-FAU-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 29,000 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 and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and 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.