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Central Florida team to get new $51M stadium

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The University of Central Florida is set to
build a $51 million stadium for its vastly improved football team.

The school's board of trustees on Wednesday approved a financial plan for the 45,000-seat stadium, which could open for the 2007
football season.

The Golden Knights have made the second-biggest turnaround in
NCAA history. They went from 0-11 last season to 8-4, playing for
the Conference USA championship and going to a bowl for the first
time. UCF will play Nevada on Dec. 24 in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

"If you had said two years ago that by now we'd have formal
approval for a stadium, I think people would have been dubious,"
university president John Hitt said. "We've broken the losing
streak. We're confident where we are with the fan base. Everything
looks more rosy."

The team will move out of the downtown Citrus Bowl when the new
stadium is finally ready.

The approval came only after trustees were assured the stadium
could generate enough revenue to cover costs.