Wildcats preparing for historic atmosphere in home opener on Saturday


ABILENE, Texas - It's the week Abilene Christian University has waited for. Anthony Field at Wildcat Stadium is now just three days away from its grand opening, as the Wildcats kick-off conference play on Saturday against Houston Baptist.

On Wednesday morning, finishing touches were being put in place, as ACU Director of Athletics Lee De Leon says they're about 98 percent complete and will be ready for Saturday's opening. It's been a long time coming for the campus community as it's been nearly 60 years since Wildcat football played on campus and this weekend will be special for students and alumni alike.

For the players, it too is a big moment. Becoming the first men to compete at their new home, in front of an expected near-sellout crowd.

And while there will surely be a lot of excitement on Saturday, head coach Adam Dorrel explained its true test will be how the team handles it .

"There's a difference between passion and emotion," said Dorrel on Wednesday. "Emotion wears off but passion is sustainable and it'll last a long time so I'd want our guys to play with that passion instead of strictly off the emotion of the game."

"There's a lot going on and it's great -- that's what you want as a college football coach," Dorrel went on to explain. "You want that type of atmosphere but now as a program we're gonna have to learn to mitigate those distractions a little bit and to just do our job."

ACU and Houston Baptist kick-off from Wildcat Stadium Saturday at 6 p.m.

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