May 10, 2011
BOCA RATON, FL -
Florida Atlantic University's new 30,000-seat on-campus football stadium could generate an estimated $1.8 million to FAU and the local economy on each game day, according to the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the County as a sports and sports tourism destination.
The FAU stadium project has already made an important impact, as it contributed to the creation of 2,000 jobs, including all work done onsite and offsite since the official planning stages began in 2008.
"Florida Atlantic University's stadium has already begun to positively impact the University and local community as a whole," said Tom Donaudy, vice president for facilities at FAU. "Once it opens, it will positively impact the economic portfolio of South Florida."
The stadium is the centerpiece of FAU's Innovation Village, located in the north central area of campus. Home of the Owl football team, the open-air stadium, a $70 million project funded through a direct bank loan and private donations, 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. FAU will play all home football games in the new stadium in fall 2011.
The stadium project is a design joint-venture between architects HKS Architects and INC/Schenkel Schultz, as well as a construction joint-venture by Cummings General Contractors and Balfour Beatty Construction.
For more information on the stadium, visit faustadium.com. To observe the progress on the construction of the stadium online, visit fausports.com. To purchase season tickets, contact Scott Erdmann at 561-297-0579 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 561-297-0579 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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