Florida Atlantic would like to open up the 2010 season against the MSU Spartans. Problem is there's nowhere to play it.
Construction on FAU's football Stadium may force Michigan State to be the visiting team against FAU in Chicago's Soldier Field or Detroit's Ford Field. FAU is unable to host the game due to that construction, which was supposed to have been done by then. But the timeline for its completion has been pushed back into 2011.
What was supposed to be a home game for Florida Atlantic after visiting MSU this past 2008 season, has turned into a search for a viable option that will generate revenue. Another site supposedly in consideration is Miami's Land Shark Stadium.
Florida Atlantic officials are expected to announce a site for the game in a couple of months, according to John Lewandowski, MSU associate athletic director for media relations.
FAU Athletic Director Craig angelos reportedly said that a game at either Soldier Field or Ford Field would allow the sale of over 50,000 tickets, despite the capacity of both fields being over 60,000. Ford Field can even expand it's seating capacity to 70,000.
Becasue of the issue, FAU will owe MSU at least $150,000. but that will not matter too much considering the revenue both schools will get if they play at one of those aforementioned venues.
MSU has alumni base of over 20,000 in Chicago alone. Detroit has an alumni base of over 80,000 for the Spartan faithful, which could generate over $2 million when all is said and done.