West Texas A&M University will break ground today on the new $38.8 million on-campus Buffalo Stadium.
The new Buffalo Stadium, located in Canyon, Texas, east of the current soccer/track stadium and Jarrett Hall, will be constructed on a north/south axis with easy access to campus.
The west side of the football stadium will include a multi-storey building to house concourse-level suites, elevated club seating areas and a modern press box.
There will be grade-level entry to the stadium with bowl seating split into an upper level of pre-engineered metal grandstands and a lower level of cast-in-place concrete surrounding a below-grade artificial turf playing field.
Turf berms on the north and south ends of the stadium will provide space for additional general admission seating.
The north berm will be configured for hosting the University’s live mascot, Thunder XI, during games.
A concourse will provide full circulation for patrons around the stadium, and concession/restroom buildings will be distributed for efficiency of access.
A new building will provide locker rooms for the home team, visiting team and officials.
The 8,500 stadium seats will be 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.
The stadium will offer opportunities for future expansion of up to 14,000 permanent seats. 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.
A landscaped entry plaza will be constructed along Russell Long Boulevard, creating an event area for use on football game days for tailgating and throughout the year for other activities.
A spokesman for West Texas A&M 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.