The Wildcats began playing football at Shotwell Stadium in 1960, and the 2012 season will be their 53rd season in the facility, which is owned and operated by the Abilene Independent School District. The stadium has undergone some major renovation in the last several years, including the addition before the 2002 season of a SafePlay turf field. In July 2007, a new scoreboard with digital video capabilities was added to the north end of the stadium. New dressing facilities on the south end and new restrooms on the north end were added to the stadium prior to the 2005 season. The first nationally televised game in Shotwell was Aug. 27, 2009, when CBS College Sports broadcast a showdown the Wildcats hosted with Northwest Missouri State in each team?s season opener.