First look: Anthony Field at Wildcat Stadium
ABILENE, TX - We are just three months and some change away from the official opening of Anthony Field at Wildcat Stadium, the new official on-campus home of ACU Football.
But on Wednesday, for the first time, we got to see what the brand new structure is really all about with a behind the scenes tour.
Director of Athletics Lee De Leon, led the media tour of reporters and cameras around the new facility, starting with the obvious - the gigantic Chuck Sitton Tower. It's 5 stories tall, and features the concourse, club, suite, and press levels. The inside elegantly lit by large windows and light fixtures.
Outside, HKS which is the company that designed the stadium, has brought a more intimate experience to Wildcat Football, featuring stands close to the field, and convenient amenities. And don't forget to mention that brand new state-of-the-art scoreboard.
Looking for luxury? There are plenty of suites inside the tower, which all but two are completely sold out.
But a new feature, are outdoor suites on the club level, providing a cheaper way to enjoy an exclusive game day experience.
"Four seats along this [rail], and then four seats behind them and you're under cover partially," said De Leon as he displayed these spaces. "And you have direct access to the club level and you'll have upgraded concessions, bathrooms, and obviously a great view of the field."
Just two of these remain available for purchase.
The new turf surface will last for ten years. Called "field turf revolution", it features cool-pellet technology in the rubber material of the turf that will lower the temperature on hot days.
The 12,000 capacity venue is scheduled to make its grand opening on Sept. 16, the first home game for ACU against Houston Baptist, but will host a couple campus events in August.
And this won't be just a football stadium for ACU, but a destination for the community.
"They're going to say wow, we really did this right," De Leon said of the fans, students and alumni that will visit the stadium. "We didn't spare any expenses and we built it the right way. We want to have as many games in here as possible -- high school games, playoff games, whatever.
"It's not just going to be ACU's stadium, but all of Abilene and the Big Country's stadium as well."