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FAU Breaks Ground on Football Stadium

The dream is on its way to becoming a reality.

Florida Atlantic University officials ceremoniously broke ground Oct. 15 on the Owls’ 30,000-seat football stadium north of Lee Street at the Boca Raton campus. The $70 million open-air stadium is slated for completion in time for the start of the 2011 football season.
“This university has given birth to a collegiate football program and a stadium in just over a decade,” said FAU head coach Howard Schnellenberger. “This stadium will continue to be the site of many celebrations to come.”

“The stadium will not only provide a traditional university experience for our students,” said FAU president Mary Jane Saunders, “but it will also serve as a gathering place for the entire community.”

The Owls have played most of their home football games at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, with a few games held at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, since launching the program in 2001. The new stadium not only will generate on-campus fervor for the Owls, it gives all of Boca Raton a rallying point on fall Saturdays to come-meaning revenue, publicity and much more for the city.

Congratulations to FAU!

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