New stadium equals new stadium website

Ryan Cortes

On Dec. 7 the FAU athletic department sent out e-mails to the entire FAU community directing them to their newest venture: www.faustadium.com.

The website was recently created to dole out information about the upcoming 30,000-seat on-campus stadium set to be ready for the 2011 season. The site also contains information on how to become a season ticket holder.

With a hefty loan attached to the stadium, donations are a priority for the athletic department, and the new website is currently available to handle e-commerce donations.

“Our loan is $44 million,” said Terry Mohajir, senior associate athletic director. “We’re looking for $45 million in donations over 10 years.”

Although the site is functional and appears completed, according to Mohajir, there is one area that is still under development.

“Fans can reserve seats — they can’t be seated yet, but they can reserve it and pay for it in full because the 3-D map of the stadium isn’t ready yet, that takes three months to build.”

Mohajir also mentioned the priority point program, another new feature of the upcoming stadium. The program is intended to entice alumni and fans to spend money on seats and donations with the promise of benefits “such as away-game and post-season tickets, game-day parking and new premium seating options at the future on-campus stadium.”

Those gifts to fans are to be obtained through points given out by the program. The points program is set up to reward fans not only for their monetary contributions, but also their accomplishments at FAU.

For example, for every $100 spent toward the athletic department, fans are given one point.

For those interested in getting more than one point at a time, however, there is heavier bait on the line.

Ten points are automatically awarded for graduating from FAU with a degree, becoming an FAU employee, or having been a letter-winning student athlete.

There is currently no higher sum than ten points. However, for those desperate, another way to receive ten points is becoming a member of the FAU President’s Club by cumulatively donating $10,000 or more, according to the new website.