Kevin O'Neill, Coach Howard Schnellenberger and Jim O'Neill
Sept. 9, 2011
BOCA RATON, FL - The Florida Atlantic University athletics department recently received a $700,000 naming right's gift from Delray Acura and Delray Hyundai for the new on-campus stadium. The gift agreement allows the dealerships to have naming rights to the two club levels, which will be known as the Delray Acura Premier Club and the Delray Hyundai Priority Club.
"We are extremely proud to sponsor what is destined to be a South Florida landmark," said Jim O'Neill, president of Delray Acura and Delray Hyundai. "This stadium will be a boost to our economy as one of the largest venues in the area, attracting fans, concert-goers, new students and employees."
O'Neill's relationship with FAU began in 1997, when he met Coach Howard Schnellenberger. The two became fast friends, and O'Neill has shown his support for the FAU football program by attending numerous fundraising events over the years.
"We are extremely grateful to Jim O'Neill, Delray Acura and Delray Hyundai, for this wonderful gift and sponsorship," said FAU President Mary Jane Saunders. "I also would like to express my appreciation once again to all of our generous donors and friends who continue to support the stadium project."
FAU's 30,000-seat open-air stadium will 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. The FAU football team will play five games in the new stadium during the 2011 season. The Owls' first home game is scheduled for Saturday, October 15, at 4 p.m.
"On behalf of the players, coaches and fans, I would like to thank my good friend, Jim O'Neill, for this contribution to our new stadium," said Schnellenberger. "This gift will be a permanent reminder of his generosity and ongoing commitment to the future of Owl football."
To date, FAU has secured more than 30 naming rights agreements. The University is offering naming rights for more than 30 additional venues in and around the stadium to help fund the $70 million project.
"The construction of the stadium presents a unique opportunity for donors to receive permanent recognition of their support," said FAU Athletics Director Craig Angelos. "I sincerely thank Jim O'Neill on behalf of Delray Acura and Delray Hyundai, for helping us achieve the dream of an on-campus stadium."
For more information about the FAU stadium, visit www.fausports.com. To make a gift or for naming rights opportunities, contact Jo Anne Williams at 561-297-0131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.