Monday, March 31, 2008

FIRST DONATION OF $1.25MM for FAU STADIUM from SmileXpress

Get ready to cheer for the team! The proposed 30,000-seat open air Stadium at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton has received its first donation of $1.25MM from supporter SmileXpress, one of the largest teeth whitening dental spas in Florida, located in Boca, Ft Lauderdale, Wellington and Aventura, with plans to expand nationally. The funds will be forthcoming over ten years and are for a sponsorship, scholarship dollars for the athletics department and philanthropy that will assist with the construction of the open-air football stadium, slated to be completed in the fall of 2010. FAU’s plans include an “innovation village” around the Stadium with 5 apartment-style residence halls, 130,000 sq ft of retail and commercial units and a multi-use Convocation Center for the basketball program. Future seating expansion is possible, and a roof can be added. Total cost estimated for the stadium is just under $100-MM, with funding from private donations – no public funds including tax revenues are expected to finance the stadium. It will be located just north of the Breezeway on the main campus, adjacent to the burrowing owl sanctuary. The FAU Owls football team will be using the Stadium.

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