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Tuesday's Daily Briefing: We're talking stadium

There are so many interesting facts and facets of FAU's new on-campus stadium that at times it's hard to figure out where to put them all.

For example, in yesterday's first article we talked about the process of installing the playing field. Here are a couple more facts about the field:

  • The grass itself cost $32,135.
  • There will be 40 sprinkler heads used to water the field.
  • If laid in a straight line, the drainage pipes would extend for more than 1.3 miles.


In the weeks to come we'll bring FAU fans all kinds of fun facts about their new stadium. Every week we hope to give FAU fans a feel for what it will be like to experience a game in the new home of the Owls. We also intend to take fans into the thinking behind some of the choices made for each feature.

From a personal standpoint, I'm really looking forward to working on this series because every time I'm escorted through the construction site I'm struck by some new addition and the reasoning behind it (The red seats in the student section are for the band, and those seats won't have backs, with the intention of affording band members more freedom when moving with their instruments).

We hope you will enjoy reading this series as much as we look forward to putting it together. In the meantime, I'll leave you with this little nugget:

In the first week in July, the Balfour Beatty folks intend to begin expanding the Spanish River entrance to campus. In the photo to the right, the area covered with a black tarp will be turned into a four-lane road (two lanes each direction). This portion of the road will bend around and connect with the current entrance/exit. Summer construction will also widen the current entrance/exit into two lanes each way. They expect all four lanes to be open by the Oct. 15 first game.

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If you haven't had the opportunity to see our story about the stadium's progress, take a moment, now. Opening day is that much closer.

The news wasn't all good for FAU fans on Monday. Late in the afternoon Marcus Nelson updated his blog detailing the circumstances that led to Florida Atlantic safety Cortez Ash being charged with burglary with a comment from FAU coach Howard Schnellenberger.

June 13, 2011

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