CANYON, Texas (CelebrityAccess) — West Texas A&M students, university officials and other dignitaries were on hand as the school broke ground for its new on-campus Buffalo Stadium.
The new stadium, located east of the current soccer/track stadium and Jarrett Hall, will feature seating for 12,000 fans with room for planned future expansion to 14,000 seats.
A concourse will provide access around the stadium, and will provide space for concessions and other guest amenities, university officials said. A new video scoreboard structure is planned for the north end zone and a ribbon board system along the front of the east and west upper decks.
The new stadium has been in the works since 2016 when West Texas A&M students voted in favor of funding the project through an increase in the student athletic fee. The school conducted a study of the plan last year and the final step in the process came last month with the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents approved the construction of the stadium with a budget of $38,800,000.
A rep for the school said: “The new Buffalo Stadium will bring the excitement of Buff football right to the WTAMU campus to provide a homecoming type atmosphere for each home game. The location will make access to the stadium easier for students, and the venue will offer ample space for plenty of pre-game tailgate fun. Plus, the addition of Buffalo Stadium benefits the Panhandle community.
“Having three stadiums between the cities of Amarillo and Canyon—Dick Bivins Stadium in Amarillo and Kimbrough Memorial Stadium and WTAMU’s new Buffalo Stadium in Canyon—will reinforce the area as the playoff capital of the Texas Panhandle.
“No other location in the top 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle can offer the convenience of three stadiums or the added amenities of restaurants and lodging for traveling fans.”