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Lockhart Stadium

Lockhart Stadium

  Venue Particulars  
Address 5201 NW 12th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Phone (754) 321-1200
Official Website
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  The Facility  
Date Opened 1959
Major Renovation 1998
City of Fort Lauderdale
(City of Fort Lauderdale)
Surface Grass
Cost of Construction Unknown
Cost of Renovation $5 million
Capacity 20,450
Luxury Suites None
Club Seats None
  Other Facts  
Tenants Florida Atlantic University Owls
(NCAA) (2003-Present)
Former Tenants Miami Fusion
(MLS) (1998—2001)
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
(NASL) (1977—1983)
Population Base 5,400,000
On Site Parking 10,000
Nearest Airport Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL)

Sources: Mediaventures

Lockhart Stadium is an 18,500-seat facility located at 1350 NW 55 Street in north Ft. Lauderdale, Florida . This location, just west of I-95 and east of the Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport places the stadium in the heart of the vibrant South Florida community. Approximately 250,000 people visit the stadium annually to view and participate in a wide range of activities.

Lockhart Stadium, with its intimate seating arrangement brings the fans close to all the action, and has been rated as one of the top ten venues in the United States in which to view soccer. The national teams from such countries as Brazil, Denmark, China, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, and Guatemala, as well as Team USA have played international matches in our stadium to rave reviews. The stadium is also used to showcase premier high and middle school sporting events including: the boys and girls State High School Soccer Championships, Broward County's All-star Football game, high school boy's and girl's All-star Soccer Games and the county's middle school soccer championships. The stadium also plays host to Florida Atlantic University's home football games.

The stadium is also frequently used for various non-athletic events including Easter Sunrise Services and commercial photographic and televison shoots.

In addition to the stadium and playing field, there are three separate meeting facilities on property. An air-conditioned pavilion that can seat 400 people auditorium style and 250 for banquets, an open conference room that will seat 45-50 auditorium style and a slightly smaller conference room that seats 30 comfortably around tables. Both of the smaller conference rooms are located on the southwest side of the stadium.

The stadium has a contract with a full service concessionaire and can provide for all food and refreshment requirements.

January 15, 2009
Copyright 2009 MediaVentures

Boca Raton, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University officials are still hopeful a football stadium will open on the Boca Raton campus by 2010, but construction would need to begin this summer for that to happen.

FAU lead counsel David Kian said no significant new fundraising has come in since the fall when about $4 million in pledges and contributions had been committed for the stadium.

“Given the global financial crisis that has erupted since that time, we are not surprised by this,” Kian said. “Notwithstanding these challenges, we continue to pursue potential supporters and revenue sources.”

Kian said a new time line for the stadium could be announced this spring.

FAU needs to raise enough money - through either donations or a possible construction deal for new residence halls on campus - before it can go to the bond market to negotiate a finance deal.

In September, FAU President Frank Brogan said the school needs between $12 million and $14 million before it goes to the bond market.

Any financing plan for the stadium would have to be approved by the Board of Trustees, which isn't scheduled to meet again until Jan. 21. (Palm Beach Post)

July 23, 2009
Copyright 2009 MediaVentures

Boca Raton, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University officials are considering a plan that would use money from a new residence hall to help finance a stadium.

The plan calls for 1,226-bed residence hall funded with $69 million in bonds. Once the bonds are sold, the Boca Raton firm Crocker Partners would build and manage the $12 million residence facility with other money going for the stadium. Bonds would be repaid from luxury suite and club seat sales along with money from concessions, advertising, parking and sponsorships.

The FAU Board of Trustees has said no public money can be used to pay for the estimated $62 million football stadium, leaving school officials scrambling in the current economy for private fund-raising dollars.

The Crocker deal is an alternative that will provide the initial capital needed to go to the bond market.

With the funding plan for the stadium still in its very early stages, the promised fall 2010 opening date isn't likely.

August 13, 2009
Copyright 2009 MediaVentures

Boca Raton, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University officials say they hope to close a naming rights deal soon for their new stadium and hope to break ground on the $63 million venue next fall. If those goals are met, the 30,000-seat stadium could open in 2011.

The naming rights deal is budgeted to bring in $10 million over 10 years. The school has not identified who a potential buyer might be.

Numerous factors brought on by the economic downturn led to delays in the building process.

FAU even scheduled Michigan State to be the first opponent in the new stadium in September 2010, although that contract could now be revisited because of the revised building timeframe.

The new stadium will take about 18 months to build. Until it opens, FAU plans to continue playing home games at Lockhart Stadium, about a half-hour south in Fort Lauderdale.

October 22, 2009
Copyright 2009 MediaVentures

Boca Raton, Fla. - Boca Raton and Florida Atlantic University have reached a tentative agreement over the university's construction of a 30,000-seat stadium.

The two sides have been battling in recent years about the city's requirement - included in a 2002 campus development agreement with FAU - that the university not build the stadium until work had begun on an Interstate 95 interchange directly to the FAU campus.

But that planned interchange at Spanish River Boulevard is unfunded with no construction date. At least one projection says it won't be done until 2025. The university hopes to have a new stadium by fall 2011.

A new campus development agreement, headed to the City Council, drops the interchange requirement. Instead, the university would pay for improvements to the city's traffic signal system on roads near the proposed venue.

In addition, the university has provided a detailed traffic-management plan to handle game-day traffic and would continue contributing money to a shuttle service between the Tri-Rail station at Yamato and the campus.

The studies showed that that other improvements could be made to the city's road network to handle stadium traffic. Those improvements involve upgrading traffic signals. FAU would pay about $1.7 million for those upgrades.

In the proposed campus development agreement, FAU limits the number of events at the stadium to 15 a year, not including events specifically for students and faculty. The scheduled events would include six FAU football games, only one of which can be held during the week. A maximum of eight Friday-night high school football games could be held. And there could be only one special event per year.

The proposed agreement also would prohibit flashing signs, except for scoreboards, and limit the size of signs on the stadium that would be visible from I-95.

FAU and Boca Raton also would agree to deal with traffic management, law enforcement and emergency services during game days. FAU would be expected to pay the extra costs the city may incur from stadium events. Those costs could include an extra police presence to handle traffic on city streets or having emergency personnel on stand-by at the stadium.

Reaching a resolution with Boca Raton is the first big hurdle in moving forward with the planned stadium. If funding works out, the university hopes to begin construction next summer.

February 11, 2010
Copyright 2009 MediaVentures

Boca Raton, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University is putting out a request for proposals for firms to help it with financing for a new stadium expected to cost up to $70 million. The move comes after a January consultant's report that recommended the venue.

The goal is to have a plan to present to the Board of Trustees by mid-April. If approved, it would go to the Board of Governors in June for a final decision.

"FAU is a classic example of a university in need of a new stadium because it is both relatively new to collegiate football and because its off-campus temporary stadium no longer suits it needs,"said the report from C.H. Johnson Consulting. "It is recommended that an on-campus football stadium for FAU with a capacity of approximately 30,000 people is appropriate for the market and the university. Additionally, a variety of premium seating options, including luxury suites, loge boxes, and indoor and outdoor club seats are also recommended in the stadium plan.

Approximately 20 leasable suites, 16 loge boxes, and 1,000 club seats are recommended. In addition, a donor priority seat program of approximately 4,500 seats is recommended."

The school hopes to be in the new venue by the fall of 2011. Until the new stadium opens, FAU plans to continue playing home games at Lockhart Stadium, about a half-hour south in Fort Lauderdale.

The report said "the stadium is projected to generate a gross revenue of approximately $6.6 million in a stabilized year of operation. When considering the revenues which are currently earned from the FAU football program, net incremental revenues in a stabilized year are projected at approximately $6 million. Stadium operating expenses for this same period are estimated at $1.5 million resulting in a net operating income of approximately $4.5 million."

March 4, 2010
Copyright 2010 MediaVentures

After four seasons of failing to win over fans in Miami-Dade County, Miami FC will do what three other franchises have done before them: Move to Fort Lauderdale and play their home games at Lockhart Stadium. Miami split its 2009 season between Lockhart and Florida International University's football stadium. The crowds at Lockhart were small - about 1,500 a game - but that was better than the hundreds who showed up at FIU.

July 22, 2010
Copyright 2010 MediaVentures

Florida Atlantic University's board of trustees has unanimously approved a plan for funding a new on-campus football stadium, the last significant hurdle for the project, according to the Miami Herald. The state Board of Governors is expected to give final approval in September, with construction set to begin later that month. FAU plans to begin playing in the 30,000-seat facility during the 2011 season.

September 16, 2010
Copyright 2010 MediaVentures

Boca Raton, Fla. - Officials at Florida Atlantic University hope to hear this week whether the Florida Board of Governors will approve plans for a 30,000-seat stadium, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

FAU head coach Howard Schnellenberger has been pushing for a stadium since he arrived on campus in 1998 and began putting together the football program.

Since 2003, the Owls have been playing at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. Before that, they were at Sun Life Stadium.

Playing in a high school stadium about 15 miles from the Boca Raton campus hampered recruiting and rallying fans, Schnellenberger told the Sun Sentinel.

"It has been the missing piece for these many years," he said. "It is a profound piece to the puzzle. It is going to give credibility to what we have been doing. It is going to improve recruiting, improve fundraising and boost attendance."

And university officials expect a new $70 million stadium would begin the transformation they seek.

In recent years, the university has built a fitness facility and added restaurants. There has been a waiting list for FAU's residence halls. A new campus theater is under construction.

"With 1,200 new dorm beds, right next to a stadium coming out of the ground, it will be a game-changer for the university," FAU President Mary Jane Saunders told the newspaper As planned, the stadium would have 25 luxury suites, 16 loge boxes and 1,000 club seats. Another 4,400 priority club seats would have chair backs. The venue is to open in 2011.

The newspaper said funding would come from a $45 million loan from Regents Bank; $5 million in revenue from outsourcing management of its residence halls; $20 million from non-academic sources such as concessions and parking revenue; student government donation, $1 million; and an FAU Foundation donation of $595,000.

The university would have to repay $2.6 million a year for the 30-year loan. That money would come from the stadium and 5 percent of student athletic fees. The university does not anticipate an increase in student fees to pay for the stadium.

September 23, 2010
Copyright 2010 MediaVentures

Boca Raton, Fla. - The Florida Board of Governors has given official approval for a 30,000-seat stadium to be built on the Florida Atlantic University campus, according to the University Press.

Construction of the open-air stadium, which is projected to cost around $70 million, is set to begin in October. The stadium is expected to have 20 luxury suites with 1,000 club seats and the latest state-of-the-art amenities.

The stadium is expected to be completed and available for use sometime during the fall 2011 semester, the newspaper reported.

November 4, 2010
Copyright 2010 MediaVentures

Florida Atlantic University says it has received the final approval from the Florida Board of Governors for its on-campus football stadium. The planned 30,000-seat stadium will feature 20 luxury suites with 1,000 club seats. The stadium is slated to host the Owls for the 2011 football season, the school said.

July 14, 2011
Copyright 2011 MediaVentures

Boca Raton, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University's new stadium could generate a profit for the school if revenues come in as expected, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

When FAU was renting Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, the cost per year was $390,000 for its five home games.

That will mushroom to $1.17 million when the Owls play on the Boca Raton campus in the 30,000-seat, $70 million stadium now under construction.

But revenues will also increase, from $2.2 million in the past budget year to $7.3 million in 2011-2012, the newspaper said.

FAU will be carefully tracking revenues since it has established targets it needs to hit in order to make its annual debt payments of about $2.6 million per year to pay off the $45.5 million the university borrowed over the 30-year length of the loan.

"We were conservative," Dennis Crudele, FAU senior vice president for financial affairs, who put together the proposed budget for the stadium, told the newspaper.

And if all goes well, FAU's athletic department, which has barely been able to break even year after year, could generate a profit of $3.8 million according to its latest budget projection.

Here are some of FAU's revenue targets for the stadium:
* Ticket sales: $1.78 million, which includes 11,875 paid attendance at $25 per ticket, plus eight high school games with 5,000 attendance at $5 per ticket.
* Advertisement and sponsorships: $736,000. FAU earned $226,738 in this area in 2009-10.
* Concessions: $736,000. FAU had been earning $75,000 on concessions per year.
* Parking: $288,000.
* Away game guarantees: $1 million. The Owls will continue to have to play road games against major conference opponents to meet this figure.
* Student fees: Five percent of the fees now collected will go toward the stadium, an amount estimated at $467,483. Student fees now make up most of FAU's athletic budget, $9.5 million of the $15.7 million.

FAU Athletic Director Craig Angelos said he is confident the stadium targets will be met. "We purposely were conservative because we wanted to be sure we lived within our budget," Angelos said.

The stadium is scheduled to open Oct. 15 and construction is on schedule. "If we hit our numbers, we will be able to put money back in the general fund," Angelos said. That would help replace the $20.3 million FAU scraped together as part a $25 million down payment on the stadium.

September 15, 2011
Copyright 2011 MediaVentures

Fort Lauderdale, Calif. - Florida Atlantic has sold a naming rights and advertising package worth $700,000 to Delray Accura and Delray Hyundai for the new on-campus stadium that opens in October, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

The deal includes stadium-wide advertising and the naming rights to two club levels, the Delray Acura Premier Club and Delray Hyundai Priority Club, the newspaper said.

The 30,000-seat, $70 million stadium is nearly completed and will host its first game Oct. 15 when the Owls play Western Kentucky.

FAU has deals for more than 30 named sponsorships and more than 30 additional venues remain available, including naming rights for the stadium.

October 6, 2011
Copyright 2011 MediaVentures

Delray Acura and Delray Hyundai recently signed on as corporate sponsors of the new FAU Stadium, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. The nine-year, $800,000 contract gives the family owned and operated dealerships naming rights to Florida Atlantic University's stadium's Premier Club and Priority Club seating areas, which are to be known as the Delray Acura Club Suites and the Delray Hyundai Club. All told, the deal covers 5,000 of the stadium's 30,000-plus seats.

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