When Howard Schnellenberger talks about the impact of Florida Atlantic's new on-campus football stadium that opens Saturday, he often ends talking about Louisville.
Schnellenberger spent 10 years as coach of the Cardinals (1985-1994) and despite leaving four years before Papa John's Stadium was built there, he is credited with laying the groundwork that made the stadium possible.
"I have no way to be a judge or prognosticator as to what will happen in Boca Raton, but I do know the things that are going to happen are going to be damn good," Schnellenberger said.
That's because Schnellenberger saw what happened in his home town once Papa John's Stadium was completed.
"It's been a great success story. It had a monumental impact on the city and the university," Schnellenberger said. Schnellenberger said Louisville was more of a commuter school than FAU was when he arrived. "It was in a downtrodden part of Louisville," he said.