BOCA RATON — West Boca’s newest nightlife destination, a revival of the popular 1980s nightclub Club Boca, had a guest appearance Friday night – Florida Atlantic University football coach Lane Kiffin.
It was the first Friday night opening of the club, at 7000 W. Palmetto Park Road, said co-owner Jeremy Crowell, who didn’t learn that Kiffin, well-known in the college football world, had stopped by.
“I’ve seen the photos everywhere,” Crowell said.
Club Boca opened on Saturday and Sunday nights back in October, but those night cater to an older crowd, with music and entertainment from the 1970s and 1980s.
Friday nights, the first of which was this past Friday, caters more to the younger crowd, including local college students over 21 years old, Crowell said.
“It was more of a ‘club crowd,’ with music of all genres,” Crowell said. “It went phenomenal. Great crowd.”
Kiffin may have known the club promoter, who had connections to FAU, Crowell added.
Kiffin’s appearance sparked a social media frenzy, with a photo circulating of the football coach with his arms around two young women. Some tweets referenced Kiffin’s visit to the nightclub near Boca Raton with snark:
Kiffin, at just 41, has already coached two college football powerhouses, USC and Tennessee, led the NFL’s Oakland Raiders and before coming to Florida Atlantic was the offensive coordinator at Alabama. Kiffin divorced his wife, Layla, early last year, long before his decision to relocate to sunny South Florida.