October 15, 2011 at 2:09 AM EST - Updated June 25 at 3:54 PM
BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX) It's a new era at Florida Atlantic University with the new state-of-the-art football stadium set to open Saturday. The new venue could also spark the economy in the area.
Boca Raton's Irishmen Pub owner Mark Nelson is looking forward to game day crowds arriving. He setup a shuttle to and from his restaurant for patrons.
"Before and after the games we can get them here for food and drink, a tailgate party here," said Nelson.
Just down the street, Flackowitz serves up breakfast and lunch. Soon it will serve dinner to accommodate more people.
"I think people that come to town don't want to go to the chain restaurants, they want to come to the diners and drive-ins," said waitress Courtney Weeks.
"Whether it's taxis, hotels or restaurants, as they utilize the stadium for different events in addition to football, and as the program grows, it'll bring a lot of outside people in to see the area," said Nelson.
With growing enrollment, the stadium is also setup to add thousands more seats in coming years. Right now it seats 30,000 and has luxury boxes and other premier seating. It cost $70 million to build.