The long-awaited on-campus WT football stadium is starting to take shape.
The construction crews have seven months to get the new home of the Buffs ready for the 2019 season, and Athletics Director Michael McBroom said we are about to start seeing some major developments.
“We’re pretty close to pouring the concrete for the lower bowl, so you will start to see steps and stuff around the lower bowl. It will take shape of where you will actually sit,” McBroom said. “The light poles will go in fairly soon. I think when we get in and put in those upper-level bleachers, that’s going to be the one that’s like, okay, it’s time.”
The field will not see a win until September, but it is already helping WT win in terms of recruiting, something Head Coach Hunter Hughes said will be even better when it’s finished.
“I think it’s really going to be more beneficial next year when we are able to have recruiting dinners and meetings in the press box itself with the lights on looking at the stadium,” Hughes said.
The Stadium is scheduled to be complete in early August, a month before the opener on September 7 against Azusa Pacific. Coach Hughes just wants a chance to actually get on the field before game day.
“I would hope we are able to get in before September 7,” Hughes said. “So we can get in under the lights so our players can see what it’s going to be like.”
The new stadium will not be complete until the white buffalo statue from Kimbrough Memorial Stadium takes its place in front of Buffalo Stadium. The statue was moved from Kimbrough earlier this week, and is currently being refurbished.