Football team takes on No. 12-ranked South Florida

Thousands turned out to watch the Golden Panthers take on South Florida in FIU’s newly renovated football stadium.

By Sissi Aguila

On a picture-perfect fall afternoon in South Florida, more than 16,000 screaming fans turned out to watch the FIU football team take on No. 12-ranked University of South Florida on Sept. 20 in a gleaming, renovated FIU Stadium. While the Golden Panthers didn’t leave the pristine field with a victory, the 17-9 score guaranteed they left with something just as important: respect.

“We really, really played with everything we had,” FIU coach Mario Cristobal said. “Effort was not questioned today.”

For a peek at the excitement that surrounded the stadium opening celebration, check out the video below.

The Fan Experience – 2008 – Stadium Inaugural Game from Florida International University on Vimeo.

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