MIAMI, FL - May 11, 2007 - Southern Bleacher Company, based in Graham, TX, is pleased to announce that, in conjunction with lead general contractor Odebrecht of Coral Gables, Florida, Southern Bleacher Company will provide seating for Florida International University's vast stadium expansion. "This will be the crown jewel of FIU's athletic department," Athletic Director Pete Garcia said. "The stadium will be the vehicle that will take the athletic department to the next level."

An integral player in the construction contract, Southern Bleacher Company will initially install 14,000 chair-back seats and bench seating to expand seating capacity to 18,583 for phase two. Additional construction phases will dramatically expand seating to 43,057 seats and Southern Bleacher Company will have an active hand in delivering this important stadium project. When completed in 2008, the new stadium will be the only Division I on-campus football stadium south of Orlando in Florida.

"We look forward to building an excellent facility; one that will enhance the campus environment and contribute measurably to FIU athletics, student life and the broader community," said Gilberto Neves, CEO of Odebrecht Construction, Inc. Garrett Pettus of Southern Bleacher Company added, "The Florida International University project represents a significant achievement for both our company as well as the university, its fans and perspective student athletes who are looking to build a championship program."

Since 1946, Southern Bleacher Company has set the standard of excellence in the design and manufacturing of sports stadiums and entertainment venues; they are the nation's largest stadium manufacturer. The Florida International University contract announcement follows May 9, 2007 rave reviews Southern Bleacher received for their newly-unveiled Richmond International Raceway TORQUE Club.

Southern Bleacher's comprehensive services include budget analysis, estimates, proposal drawings and specifications at no cost. Clients will benefit from their vast experience in addressing the myriad of building-code requirements, accessibility issues, safety requirements and lines of sight that fans will cheer about.

Southern Bleacher's products grace soccer fields, college campuses, school districts, NASCAR tracks and rodeo arenas across the US.

From concept to reality, Southern Bleacher Company is customer driven. They work closely with planning committees and project architects to create a facility that is timeless and cost effective.

"We have made our mark in the industry by constantly finding new ways of addressing facility designs and seating systems required," Pettus said. "Solving our customers' needs, while providing superior and innovative products, has always been a top priority."

Southern Bleacher Company is a family owned and operated company that takes pride in their commitment to excellence.

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Southern Bleacher