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Group petitions prison company’s naming rights for Florida Atlantic’s new stadium

Graham Watson
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The proposed partnership between Florida Atlantic and the GEO Group might be done before it even gets off the ground.

Tuesday, fauowlaccess.com reported that the university was in the process of inking a deal with the GEO Group for naming rights of FAU’s new stadium. The GEO Group is a multi-national private prison corporation that hails itself as the "world's leading provider of correctional, detention, and community reentry services."

So, after news of the partnership leaked, opponents from the group Dream Activist quickly drew up a petition to stop the process.

But the petition’s support is minimal despite insisting the name of the facility should be "Owlcatraz,” which was proposed by FAU play-by-play announcer Ken LaVicka.

The GEO Group paid $6 million for naming rights to the 2-year-old stadium and Florida Atlantic says it has no problem allowing the company’s name on its building.

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