Florida Atlantic University has yet to reach its ambitious fundraising goal of $46 million for an indoor football field at its Boca Raton campus, but the school has brought in enough to begin construction next month.
FAU President John Kelly said Thursday that the university has raised $30 million for a new athletics complex and has scheduled a groundbreaking for Jan. 20. FAU in December 2014 announced the project, which was sparked by a $16 million gift from the Schmidt Family Foundation.
The facility would be dominated by an indoor football field, but it would be used by all of FAU’s athletes, the school says. FAU’s football team has underperformed in recent years, drawing sparse crowds and compiling a 9-27 record over the past three seasons. The losses led to the firing of coach Charlie Partridge at the end of the 2016 season.
The facility is slated for land next to the school’s $70 million football stadium.
FAU has other building plans, too: It hopes to build a $33 million brain science facility along Donald Ross Road in Jupiter.