The University of West Georgia prepares to open the gates to its brand new stadium before the first home game of the season against the Lambuth Eagles on Sept. 5. Before the game, the school will host a dedication ceremony at 6:30 p.m. The stadium, the anchor of the school’s new athletic complex, cost $34 million to build and seats 9,000. The athletic complex will also include a practice field for the soccer team, a new softball stadium and a women’s field house/ locker room.
Fundraising has been a joint effort combining alumni, local community and corporate sponsors’ donations along with student fees to help make the dream of having a field of our own a reality. The university is still actively seeking out corporate sponsors to invest in naming possibilities.
“The greatest difficulty is the economy. Companies do not have access to the same level of funding that they did three or four years ago.” Nicole Worthington, director of development and public affairs, said about the challenges that companies face when considering becoming naming sponsors.
Several fund-raising campaigns put on by the school such as Wolves caravan and Season Ticket Blitz also proved helpful in generating revenue and support for new facilities. Season tickets are still available to be purchased through the UWG athletic department.