FIU Stadium
FIU Stadium (or "The Cage") is the stadium for the FIU Golden Panthers football team, and is located in Miami, Florida. The facility opened in 1995, replacing nearby Tamiami Field, which was used for many years as a university recreation field and by local high school football teams. When FIU began its football program in 2002, FIU Stadium became the home venue for the team and has remained that way since. As of the 2008 season, FIU Stadium is solely used by the football team as the FIU track and field teams no longer use the facility.

Expansion history
FIU Stadium underwent an expansion beginning in March 2007, and completed in September 2008, for the 2008 football season. Upon completion, seating capacity was increased to 23,500, including 1,400 club seats. In addition, the stadium has a 6,500-square-foot (600 m 2) Panther Club on the ground level, an upper concourse for additional fan seating and concessions, a new press box, new lighting, a jumbotron scoreboard, new coaches' offices, locker rooms, expansion of the weight room, and 19 suites. Seating includes chairback seats and bench seating, all with backrests for fan convenience. Additional phases of construction will include a student support complex and will bring the stadium’s seating capacity to approximately 45,000 by the 2013 football season. With the removal of the track, the artificial turf field now meets the dimensions prescribed by FIFA for a full soccer field. The new stadium opened for FIU’s 2008 football season against the South Florida Bulls on September 20, which they lost by a surprisingly-close 17-9 before a crowd of 16,717. Their first home win in the new stadium came on October 11, their next home game, against Sun Belt rival Middle Tennessee, 31-21. They went 3-2 at home in the first year at the rebuilt stadium. For the 2007 season, the Golden Panthers played in the Miami Orange Bowl, with the final college game of the stadium's history being won by FIU 38-19 on December 1, 2007 against North Texas. It was their only win that year, going 1-11 overall.

Stadium expansion
The following are planned expansions to be completed through four separate construction phases starting from 2007 to 2013.

Phase one: September 2008 (complete)
  • Seating capacity to 20,000
  • 1,400 club seats
  • 6,500 square-foot Stadium Club
  • Upper concourse
  • New lighting
  • New coaches offices
  • Expanded locker rooms
  • Expanded weight room
  • 19 suites

Phase two: July 2009 (complete)
  • 2-story R. Kirk Landon Football Fieldhouse overlooking stadium
FIU named the new two-story, 50,000-square-foot (4,600 m 2) headquarters of its football program after trustee R. Kirk Landon, in appreciation of his $1 million donation to Golden Panthers football. The hub of the fieldhouse is a 14,000-square-foot (1,300 m 2) weight room that all FIU student-athletes will use for strength and conditioning. The facility also includes 8,500 square feet (790 m 2) of locker rooms, an equipment room, full-service athletic training facility, ticket office, merchandise area and an FIU Athletics Hall of Fame.

Phase three: 2011-2012 (planned)
  • Seating increase and expansion of northern side of stadium for student section
  • Addition of a 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m 2) Student Services Complex (2010 football season). Includes offices for Admissions, Bursars, Housing, Financial Aid as well as study halls and conference auditoriums.

Phase four: 2013 (planned)
Phase four of construction to FIU Stadium is contingent upon fanbase growth and demand. Projections call for construction around 2013, but could be sooner or later depending on the continued growth of FIU Football.
  • Seating capacity will increase to 45,000.
  • Expanded upper concourse
  • Construction of additional luxury suites and club seats
  • FIU Alumni Center
  • Restaurant overlooking the field
  • Main Street FIU
  • 2-story expansion of fieldhouse

  • The stadium is also often referred to as "The Cage" by the FIU student body and administration.
  • The largest crowd to ever witness a game in where FIU was the hosting home team was 21,010 on November 27, 2004 against Florida A&M University, which FIU won 40-23. However the game was held at the Orange Bowl.
  • The largest crowd to ever witness a game at FIU stadium was 19,872 at FIU's 2010 opening season game against Rutgers on Sep 11, 2010. FIU lost 19-14.
  • The Stadium is the southernmost NCAA Division I football stadium on the American mainland. Only the Hawaii Warriors's Aloha Stadium is further south.


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