(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. In April of 2011, the field was named Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium after alumnus David F. Alfonso.
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 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... Read More