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FAU football stadium to boost Boca after tomorrow’s opening

October 14, 2011 03:26PM

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FAU football coach Howard Schnellenberger and a rendering of the new FAU stadium

Florida Atlantic University’s new $70 million football stadium is set to open tomorrow in Boca Raton, and according to the Sun-Sentinel, its poised to have a big impact on both the school and the surrounding city.

The school has already expanded in advance of the opening, adding two dorms and 1,200 more students to the on-campus population. Further, enrollment and the number of applications for acceptance have reached record heights.

Coach Howard Schnellenberger compares it to downtown Louisville, which underwent a transformation after the University of Louisville unveiled its new football stadium.

School trustees see intercollegiate sports, and especially football, as an avenue to national recognition for the Boca Raton school, and the city itself.

“It goes well beyond football. A stadium is an economic driver, not just for game day. It enhances the university, and a thriving university is an asset to the city it is in. This is huge for Boca Raton,” said Armand Grossman, an FAU Board of Trustee member and a commercial real estate broker and developer who lives in Boca Raton.

Last month, the school inked Delray Acura and Delray Honda as sponsors of the two club levels. [Sun-Sentinel]