West Texas A&M University and Canyon ISD have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of Kimbrough Memorial Stadium as WT moves forward to an on-campus football stadium.
New WT President Dr. Walter Wendler said he will seek final approval for the construction of an on-campus stadium for WT from the Texas A&M University Board of Regents in April and the proposed transfer of Kimbrough Memorial Stadium to CISD. The CISD board of trustees will also have to approve the transfer agreement.
“My goal was to do what was in the best interest of West Texas A&M University and a benefit to Canyon ISD, Canyon and Amarillo,” Wendler Said. “If this didn’t benefit everyone, we wouldn’t do it — it was something that needed to work together for the common good.”
Canyon Mayor Quinn Alexander commended WT and CISD for their leadership in gathering information and talking with community member throughout the decision process.
Under the plan, the new football facility would be constructed just north of Jarrett Hall, where the current soccer/track field is located. The 10-12,000 stadium is planned as a horseshoe configuration with the open end at the south end of the field.
Construction for the new stadium could begin in late 2017. The soccer/track & field would be scheduled for completion in August 2018, while the football stadium would open in summer 2019.