FAU Stadium

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FAU Stadium
The House that Howard Built
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The stadium at night, October 2011
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FAU Stadium
Location in Florida
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FAU Stadium
Location in the United States
Location777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, Florida
Coordinates 26°22′31″N80°6′1″W / 26.37528°N 80.10028°W / 26.37528; -80.10028 Coordinates: 26°22′31″N80°6′1″W / 26.37528°N 80.10028°W / 26.37528; -80.10028
Public transit Tri-Rail.svg Boca Raton
Owner Florida Atlantic University
OperatorFlorida Atlantic University
Executive suites24 [1]
Capacity 29,419 [1]
SurfaceCelebration Bermuda Grass
Construction
Broke ground2010
OpenedOctober 15, 2011
Construction cost$70 million
Architect HKS/Schenkel Shultz
General contractor James A. Cummings, Inc./Balfour Beatty Construction
Tenants
Florida Atlantic Owls (NCAA) (2011–present)
Boca Raton Bowl (2014–present)
Florida Launch (MLL) (2014–2018)

FAU Stadium is a college football stadium located at the north end of the main campus of Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, Florida. Opened in 2011, it is home to the Florida Atlantic Owls football team and is intended to be the first part of FAU's multi-use development project, "Innovation Village".

College football Collegiate rules version of American/Canadian football, played by colleges and universities

College football is gridiron football consisting of American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, colleges, and military academies, or Canadian football played by teams of student athletes fielded by Canadian universities. It was through college football play that American football rules first gained popularity in the United States.

Stadium Place or venue for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts, or other events

A stadium is a place or venue for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts, or other events and consists of a field or stage either partly or completely surrounded by a tiered structure designed to allow spectators to stand or sit and view the event.

Florida Atlantic University A state run higher education institution located in Boca Raton, Florida

Florida Atlantic University is a public university in Boca Raton, Florida, with five satellite campuses in the Florida cities of Dania Beach, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Jupiter, and in Fort Pierce at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. FAU belongs to the 12-campus State University System of Florida and serves South Florida, which has more than five million people and spans more than 100 miles (160 km) of coastline. Florida Atlantic University is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with high research activity. The university offers more than 170 undergraduate and graduate degree programs within its 10 colleges. Programs of study cover arts and humanities, the sciences, medicine, nursing, accounting, business, education, public administration, social work, architecture, engineering, and computer science.

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After selecting an architect in 2008, the university began to raise funds for the $70 million facility with the intent to begin construction in 2009. The $70 million stadium was funded through student fees, private donations, and naming rights partnerships, some of which have yet to be determined. After fundraising efforts slowed, the school delayed construction until 2010. The stadium opened when the 2011 Florida Atlantic Owls football team lost to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on October 15, 2011.

2011 Florida Atlantic Owls football team

The 2011 Florida Atlantic Owls football team represented Florida Atlantic University in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Owls' head coach, Howard Schnellenberger, was in his 11th and final season at the school, as he announced his retirement before the start of the season. The team played its home games at the brand new FAU Stadium. They are members of the Sun Belt Conference. They finished the season 1–11, 0–8 in Sun Belt play to finish in last place.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football College football team that represents Western Kentucky University

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (WKU) football program is a college football team that represents Western Kentucky University. The team competes at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision level and represents the university as a member of Conference USA in the Eastern division. The program has 1 national championship (FCS/I-AA), 13 conference championships and 3 FBS-level Bowl wins. The team's current head football coach is Tyson Helton. The Hilltoppers play their home games at Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Starting in 2014, FAU Stadium became home to the Boca Raton Bowl, a college football bowl game which will feature teams from the Mid-American Conference and in alternating years Conference USA and the American Athletic Conference. [2]

Boca Raton Bowl NCAA sanctioned Division I college football bowl game

The Boca Raton Bowl is an annual National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sanctioned post-season Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) college football bowl game played in Boca Raton, Florida, since December 2014 at FAU Stadium on the campus of Florida Atlantic University.

Bowl game post-season game in American college football

In North America, a bowl game is one of a number of post-season college football games that are primarily played by teams belonging to the NCAA's Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). For most of its history, the Division I Bowl Subdivision had avoided using a playoff tournament to determine an annual national champion, which was instead traditionally determined by a vote of sports writers and other non-players. In place of such a playoff, various cities across the United States developed their own regional festivals featuring post-season college football games. Prior to 2002, bowl game statistics were not included in players' career totals and the games were mostly considered to be exhibition games involving a payout to participating teams. Despite attempts to establish a permanent system to determine the FBS national champion on the field, various bowl games continue to be held because of the vested economic interests entrenched in them.

Mid-American Conference U.S. college sports conference

The Mid-American Conference (MAC) is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I collegiate athletic conference with a membership base in the Great Lakes region that stretches from Western New York to Illinois. Nine of the twelve full member schools are in Ohio and Michigan, with single members located in Illinois, Indiana, and New York. For football, the MAC participates in the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision.

Also starting in 2014, FAU Stadium was home to the Major League Lacrosse's Florida Launch until 2018. [3]

Major League Lacrosse Semi-professional mens lacrosse league

Major League Lacrosse (MLL) is a men's field lacrosse league consisting of six active teams in the United States. The league's inaugural season was in 2001. Teams play 16 regular-season games from late May to late September, with a four-team playoff for the championship trophy, the Steinfeld Trophy. MLL averaged 3,619 spectators per game during the 2018 season, down from a peak of 6,417 in 2011.

Florida Launch

The Florida Launch were a professional men's field lacrosse team based in Boca Raton, Florida. They joined Major League Lacrosse (MLL) as an expansion team for the 2014 season until 2019. The team played its home games at Florida Atlantic University Stadium. The team was owned by Jim Davis, founder and chairman of New Balance, an early investor in the MLL.

The playing surface was named Howard Schnellenberger Field, after the founding coach of the Owls football program, on August 20, 2014. Schnellenberger spent the final 11 seasons of his coaching career at FAU, retiring after the 2011 season. [4]

Howard Schnellenberger American football coach

Howard Leslie Schnellenberger is a retired American football coach with long service at both the professional and college levels. He held head coaching positions with the National Football League's Baltimore Colts and in college for the University of Miami, University of Oklahoma, University of Louisville and Florida Atlantic University. He won a national championship with Miami in 1983. Schnellenberger also worked extensively as an assistant coach at the college and pro levels, including as part of the staff of the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins. He is also famous for recruiting Joe Namath to Alabama for Bear Bryant in 1961.

History

Early planning and finance

Although initial plans for a new stadium hinted at the possibility of a 40,000-seat domed facility, later plans called for a 30,000-seat open air stadium. The steel stadium would allow for future expansion up to 65,000 seats as well as a roof if needed. The architect for the stadium was finalized in July 2008 when the firms of HKS and Schenkel Shultz were awarded the contract, finishing ahead of Ellerbe Becket and HOK. [5] The new football stadium was projected to cost $70 million. [6] To fund the stadium's construction, FAU secured a $12 million development rights deal with Crocker Partners LLC. In return, Crocker Partners secured the right to develop up to 2,400 new apartment-style beds on the Boca Raton campus; the first phase of 1,200 beds opened the fall 2011. [7] On July 21, 2010, FAU trustees approved $44.6 million finance plan from Regions Bank. [8] FAU Stadium is one of the only collegiate football stadiums in the United States with a 180 degree view of the ocean from its highest seating positions.

HKS, Inc. international architecture firm

HKS, Inc. is an American international architecture firm headquartered in Dallas, Texas (USA).

Ellerbe Becket was an independent Minneapolis, Minnesota-based architectural, engineering, interior design and construction firm until 2009, when it was acquired by AECOM. In October 2009, Ellerbe Becket was acquired by AECOM. AECOM is ranked as one of the world's largest architectural firms, with offices in Dallas, TX, Kansas City, MO, San Francisco, CA, Washington, DC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Doha, Qatar.

Populous is a global architectural and design practice specializing in sports facilities, arenas and convention centers, as well as the planning and design of major special events.

Construction

The school initially expected to break ground in spring 2009 and play its inaugural home game in fall 2010 against the Michigan State Spartans; however, fundraising efforts fell short, and the stadium opening was delayed until fall 2011. Construction managers James A. Cummings, Inc. (a Tutor Perini Company) and Balfour Beatty Construction broke ground in the fall of 2010. Dant Clayton Corporation handled fabrication and installation of the stadium.

Opening season

North end zone on opening day, October 15, 2011 FAU Stadium North Endzone.jpg
North end zone on opening day, October 15, 2011

The venue opened for the Owls' first home game on October 15, 2011, when the team lost to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 20-0. [9] The announced attendance for the game was 29,103, although attendance dropped to 16,344 for team's second home game against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders. The Owls finished the season with a 1–11 record, its sole win coming against the UAB Blazers on November 26 in front of a home crowd of 12,044. The team's average home attendance for the year in its new stadium was 17,565, ranking it 103rd among Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams. [10]

Naming rights

Although the project had acquired approximately $3.69 million through naming rights by June 2011, the school had yet to sell the naming rights to stadium itself by the end of the team's first season in the facility. Originally, FAU aimed for a $1 million-per-year deal, but had dropped that expectation to around $400,000 by the team's first home game of the 2011 season. During halftime at that game, FAU athletic director Craig Angelos stated that the school was "very close" to making a deal. [11]

On February 19, 2013, the school announced that the naming rights to the stadium had been secured for approximately $6 million by the GEO Group. The $6 million would have been paid over 12 years. [12] The company's chief executive officer, George Zoley, is an alumnus of the school and member of the FAU Board of Trustees. [13] In reaction to the deal, FAU play-by-play announcer Ken LaVicka dubbed the stadium "Owlcatraz". [14] After public pressure from a handful of protests and significant bad publicity, Zoley and FAU president Mary Jane Saunders canceled the naming rights deal. [15]

Notable events

Soccer

DateTeam (Home)GoalsTeam (Visitor)GoalsSpectators
December 15, 2012Flag of the United States.svg  United States women4Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR women110,493
May 29, 2013Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador 2Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 45,500
October 14, 2014Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras 114,805
January 17, 2016 Atlético Mineiro 1 Corinthians 0N/A
January 17, 2016 Independiente Santa Fe 2 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1N/A

Structure and facilities

The stadium is the first phase of the university's Innovation Village, a multipurpose project which will include four apartment-style residence halls, 130,000 square feet (12,000 m2) of retail shopping space, [16] and a multi-use convocation center for the basketball program modeled after Knights Plaza at the University of Central Florida. [17] The field uses natural turf (Bermuda grass "Celebration"), and while FAU has been in Conference USA for two seasons now, it was the only home field in the Sun Belt Conference without artificial turf. [18] The stadium is one of a number of stadiums in Florida which use the same cultivar. [19]

The skybox and press box overlook the Atlantic Ocean; FAU claims that no other football stadium in the United States offers a view of the open ocean. [1]

Attendance Records

30,811 9/7/19 UCF vs. FAU

Attendance Record at FAU Stadium
RankAttendanceOpponentDateResult
130,321 Miami (FL) September 9, 2015L 20-44
2.29,103 Western Kentucky October 15, 2011L 0-20
3.28,481 Navy September 1, 2017L 19-42
4.25,912 Akron December 19, 2017W 50-3
5.24,116 FIU November 18, 2017W 52-24
6.24,101 Air Force September 8, 2018W 33-27
7.19,760 Marshall October 12, 2013L 23-24
8.19,017 Bethune Cookman September 15, 2018W 49-28
9.18,205 Old Dominion October 6, 2018W 52-33
10.17,724 UAB November 11, 2014L 28-31
11.17,129MarshallOctober 17, 2015L 17-33
12.16,743Bethune-CookmanSeptember 16, 2017W 45-0
13.16,432FIUOctober 31, 2015W 31-17
14.16,406 Tulane November 2, 2013W 34-17
15.16,344 Middle Tennessee October 22, 2011L 14-38
16.15,880MarshallNovember 3, 2017W 30-25
17.15,405FIUNovember 16, 2012L 24-34
18.15,397 Buffalo September 19, 2015L 15-33
19.15,171 Louisiana-Monroe December 3, 2011L 0-26
20.15,162 Arkansas State November 5, 2011L 21-39
Overall Record at FAU Stadium: 23-27

See also

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WakeMed Soccer Park
Host of the Women's College Cup
2014
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WakeMed Soccer Park