For decades, students, student-athletes and coaches alike have dreamed of an on-campus football stadium for the ACU Wildcats. More than simply a matter of convenience or excitement, a new stadium will provide a focal point for a campus community known for its close-knit atmosphere.
Like other community-focused projects in recent years – such as the Learning Commons, Lunsford Foundation Trail and Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center – Wildcat Stadium will bring students into closer connection with each other.
With ACU now a part of NCAA Division I, in part so that the academic profile of its student-athletes better matches that of the student body at large, so will a football stadium continue to bring student-athletes closer to their classmates.
No longer will football players, students, alumni and other fans of the Wildcats be required to drive off campus on Game Day. Experiences from Homecoming, to tailgate parties, to concerts will be enhanced as coming home no longer means leaving campus for the traditional football game. Meanwhile, students can create new traditions as they celebrate the on-field successes of their classmates.
Along with fostering greater community among ACU’s students, Wildcat Stadium will allow the university to serve the greater Abilene community by hosting high school games, band competitions and other events.
The Wildcats are projected to begin the 2017 football season on Anthony Field in the new stadium, pending completion of fundraising.