For the first time since 1958, Abilene Christian will play a game on campus as the Wildcats open sparkling new Anthony Field at Abilene Christian University Stadium. The 45 million dollar new home of the Wildcats will debut Saturday night when Houston Baptist comes to ACU for a Southland Conference game.
The last time ACU played on campus, it was Thanksgiving Day 1958 and a 49-30 win over Howard Payne University. ACU played at Shotwell Stadium, Abilene ISD's stadium, which for a time, hosted all three Abilene area universities plus the local area high schools. Now all three local colleges, ACU, Hardin Simmons, and McMurry, have on campus facilities.
The new stadium seats 9,500 and season tickets rose from 100 last year to 2,500 this season. Fans can sit on the berm in the north end zone bringing total attendance to 12,000. ACU follows in the footsteps of Baylor, Houston, Texas Lutheran and Mary Hardin Baylor in building a new stadium in the last five years.
ACU transitioned from Division II into the FCS four seasons ago and hired former Northwest Missouri State coach Adam Dorrel this offseason, Dorrel won three Division II titles while with the Bearcats.