To show appreciation for those responsible for building their new home, members of the Florida Atlantic University football team served lunch Tuesday to about 300 construction workers.
Dressed in their home jerseys, FAU players dished out barbeque sandwiches, baked beans, coleslaw and drinks. After lunch, awards were presented to the workers for maintaining an injury-free work zone. The players then got a tour of the $70 million facility, which will feature 6,000 premium seats, including 24 suites, 26 loge boxes, 1,000 premier club seats and 4,000 priority club seats. Overall capacity will be 30,000. The team has played its home games off campus at 20,000-seat Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale since 2003.
Following a non-conference schedule that features Florida, Michigan State and Auburn, all on the road, the Owls will officially open their new stadium Oct. 15 against Western Kentucky, one of five games to be played this season on the Boca Raton campus. The stadium will serve as the centerpiece of FAU's Innovation Village, located in the north central area of campus.