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Thursday's Required Reading: FAU's stadium finished, ready for first game next week

I posed the question yesterday, but it’s worth asking again. How many of you out there were just a little bity skeptical at the ground-breaking ceremony for FAU’s on-campus stadium Oct. 15  last year that it would be ready in exactly one year?

Full disclosure: I am raising my hand right now. Come on, how could there be a college football game played on a what was a pile of dirt exactly one year earlier?
Let’s face it, FAU isn’t exactly known for its lightning quick action on …well, anything.
However, a tip of the hat to FAU, Balfour Beatty, Cummings and all the contractors and sub-contractors who worked to have the stadium ready for next week's inaugural game.
In case you missed it, FAU Stadium passed its inspections yesterday, which means they did it. The stadium is ready to be open for business and turned over to FAU possibly by Friday. Though there are still a few small items to be completed, all state and local authorities are in agreement that the stadium can be used for the Western Kentucky game.
Here’s the story from our Chuck King, who broke the big news Wednesday afternoon.
Congratulations to all involved.
We also had a story on linebacker Randell Johnson, who has been playing the last few games in honor of his grandmother, who passed away last month. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Randell and his family.
Other linkage…. 
October 06, 2011

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