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FAU Football Stadium Website Adds Virtual Venue
System to Allow Fans to See Seating Chart, View from Seats
BOCA RATON, FL (March 22, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University’s athletics department has unveiled a Virtual Venue™ for its upcoming on-campus 30,000-seat football stadium on the department’s website, www.fausports.com. This feature will allow customers to visually interact and engage with a variety of tools provided throughout a three-dimensional interactive platform.
This Virtual Venue™ will allow fans to search for their seats by entering a section number, as well as obtain a 360-degree-view from the seat that is selected. In May, seat selection will be available to all fans, and visitors of Virtual Venue™ also will be able to purchase tickets from this site. A parking option also will be added in the coming months that will allow users to determine parking options.
FAU has teamed with IOMEDIA, a finalist for the 2011 Sports Business Awards – Best in Technology, to produce the Virtual Venue™. IOMEDIA has assisted many professional sports teams such as the New York Giants, New York Jets, New York Knicks, New York Rangers and New York Yankees. Collegiate clients include Penn State University, UCLA and the University of Washington.
The new FAU stadium is the centerpiece of FAU’s Innovation Village, located in the north central area of campus. A $70 million project, it is slated to feature 6,000 premium seats, including 24 suites, 26 loge boxes, 1,000 premier club seats and 4,000 priority club seats, and the latest, state-of-the art amenities. The 2011 football season will host five home games to be played for the first time on FAU’s Boca Raton campus. The home season opener is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 15.
For more information on the stadium, visit www.faustadium.com. To observe the exciting progress being made on the construction of the stadium online via a web camera, visit www.fau.edu/stadium/multimedia.html. To purchase season tickets, contact Scott Erdmann at 561-297-0579 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Florida Atlantic University Athletics:
FAU Athletics is comprised of 18 intercollegiate teams involving 450 student athletes that compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track, and volleyball. The Owls are a NCAA Division I-A (FBS) institution and compete in the Sun Belt Conference in all but men’s soccer, which participates in the Mid America Conference. The Owls have been playing football since 2001 and have captured two bowl games. Cheer and dance are also part of the athletic department family and represent the University annually in competition and within the community.
About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University , established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges : the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science . FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit www.fau.edu .