Aug. 9, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University Athletics will host a number of events leading up to FAU football's season opener against the University of Miami on Friday, Aug. 30.
Fans are invited to watch the FAU women's soccer team officially open the 2013-14 athletic calendar with a pair of home matches. The Owls will host the University of Albany at on Friday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. and the University of Arizona at on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 1 p.m., at FAU's Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.
FAU Athletics will host a freshmen kickoff celebration on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 3:30 p.m., in FAU Stadium. The event will welcome the entire FAU class of 2017 to campus and serve as an introduction to members of the athletic department. FAU Head Football Coach Carl Pelini and FAU Head Baseball Coach John McCormack will be in attendance, along with the FAU cheer and dance teams.
FAU fans will be given an opportunity to turn in T-shirts from other colleges and universities, or an old FAU T-shirt, at the Wally Sanger Ticket Office in exchange for a new FAU T-shirt beginning Monday, Aug. 26. All shirts collected in the exchange will be donated. Fans also will be able to purchase tickets to the UM football game, as well as take advantage of a special single-game ticket offer for FAU football's first home game against Middle Tennessee State University on Saturday, Sept. 21 that will only be available during the week long festivities.
On Thursday, Aug. 29, FAU's Student Government then will host the sixth annual fall bonfire, beginning at 6 p.m., at FAU's Boca campus. The event will feature American ska punk band Less Than Jake, and is free and open to the public.
The volleyball team will be hosting their season opening tournament on Friday, Aug. 30 and Saturday, Aug. 31 when it hosts the FAU Invitational. Bethune-Cookman University, Southeastern Louisiana University and Jacksonville University will make up the rest of the field.
Friday is also "Wear Your College Colors Day," and FAU Athletics will host a pep rally at noon in the Breezeway at FAU's Boca campus. Those in attendance will have a chance to participate in a T-shirt exchange, as well as in contests to win prizes. Fans also will be encouraged to submit pictures of themselves wearing the FAU logo via Twitter (@FAUOwlAthletics) and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FAUATHLETICS). Those who submit the best photos will receive prizes.