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FAU student-athletes practice, compete, work out, rehabilitate, study, meet and relax at the Tom Oxley Athletic Center, or what they fondly call "The Ox". Tom Oxley, a local businessman, FAU alum and avid polo enthusiast, stepped forward with a donation that allowed the athletic center to become a reality in 2001. The 54,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility houses a football locker room, training room, weight room, meeting rooms and coaches' offices. The Oxley Center also houses individual locker rooms for cross country and track, women's soccer, softball and beach volleyball, as well as the respective coaches' offices. The Director of Athletics and administrative staff of FAU Athletics also call the Oxley Center home. The Founder's Lounge on the second floor also features a balcony overlooking the baseball "B" field, the FAU Soccer Stadium and two football practice fields.

Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence

Most importantly, the "Ox", as it is fondly called, houses the Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence (SACAE). The SACAE partners with the student-athletes, the FAU community, and the FAU Athletic Department to promote student learning and student success. The SACAE provides a center that supports and encourages holistic student development, focusing on the student-athlete's individual needs and goals. The SACAE's Academic Athletic Counselors consistently challenge student-athletes to develop positive academic, professional, and personal skills that are not only beneficial during their academic careers but also in their lives beyond college. Athletic Academic Counselors evaluate student-athletes individually and collaborate with the student-athletes to identify their specific needs and goals. In addition, the center provides tutors and mentors for the student-athletes each semester and full use of the computers and services located within the department. All FAU students are also welcome to use the computer study labs and classrooms located on the first floor.

Practice Fields

The Tom Oxley Football Practice Fields are located behind the Tom Oxley Athletic Center and feature two full-sized practice fields that are used for the Owls' booming football program. They are also utilized by many other FAU Athletics programs for strength and conditioning purposes. The field features a memorial dedicated to the initial program builders.


Once on campus, coming off Glades Rd.
Continue on West University Drive
Make a left at the second stoplight onto Volusia Street
Continue straight past FAU Arena and through the first stop sign
The Tom Oxley Athletic Center will be on the left past the Wally Sanger Owl Club Ticket Center and the second stop sign


Parking is available at the coin meters in Lot 13, which are located directly across from the building.

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