WT Football is Officially Back on Campus

Sept. 6, 2019

CONTACT: Michael McBroom, 806-651-4400, mmcbroom@wtamu.edu


WT Football is Officially Back on Campus

CANYON, Texas—There was a buffalo stampede down Russell Long Blvd. as students and community gathered to cut the ribbon on the highly-anticipated Buffalo Stadium at West Texas A&M University on Sept. 6. Immediately following the ribbon cutting was the reveal of the refurbished white buffalo.

Buffalo Stadium began construction in May 2018 after approved by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents in April. The Board approved the construction with a project budget of $38,800,000 for construction services and related costs. Of the appropriated amount, $32,500,000 will come from a student-approved increase in athletic fees.

The 8,500 stadium seats are constructed in long arcs along the west and east sides with an estimated total capacity of 12,000 with overflow berm seating and standing room only space at the concourse level. Buffalo Stadium offers opportunities for future expansion of up to 14,000 permanent seats.

The stadium features a new video scoreboard structure sits on the north end zone and a ribbon board system along the front of the east and west upper decks, and a concourse provides full circulation for patrons around the stadium, and concession/restroom buildings will be distributed for efficiency of access. Additionally, the stadium is run on a WiFi 6 network as one of the only university stadiums in the country.

Manning the newly opened stadium is a piece of University history since 1967 – the white buffalo.

Previously, the white buffalo was stationed in front of Kimbrough Memorial Stadium as a symbol of buff pride created by Jack King Hill. In February, it was moved from its original post for restoration. The 1,800-pound buffalo shed 50 layers of paint and more than 100 pounds in the transformation. At 9-feet tall and 12-feet long, the white buffalo sits on the south side of the stadium along Russell Long Blvd.

Buffalo Stadium will kick off its inaugural game against Azusa Pacific at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7.