CANYON, TX - Some students at West Texas A&M University are pushing for a new football stadium.
WTAMU's student government tried to think of ways to increase student pride at the beginning of the school year.They proposed a brand new on-campus football stadium which they would not have to share with Canyon and Randall High Schools.
Kimbrough Memorial Stadium down the road from WTAMU's campus is currently shared by the three schools.
The student senate voted 34-3 in October to propose a tuition increase for incoming students to help pay for this stadium. Under the proposal, an extra $10 per credit hour would be added to the fees of new students if the student body passes the bill in the March election.
WTAMU's student government submitted this proposal to the Texas A&M University Board of Regents.
The reasons for a new stadium were listed in the bill as follows:
- Kimbrough Memorial Stadium does not belong to WTAMU
- Kimbrough is not ADA compliant
- Renovations made to Kimbrough would not be cost efficient
- An on campus football stadium would help increase alumni involvement, student involvement, and most importantly Buff pride
- WTAMU would benefit greatly from a modern on campus football stadium
Edward Akinyemi, student body president, said it would actually cost more to renovate Kimbrough Memorial Stadium than it would to just build a new one.
The Board of Regents approved the proposal, and now the final decision is up to the student body.
The new stadium would aim to seat between 11,000 and 14,000 people, and would take the place the soccer field which is part of the Buffalo Sports Park, which is only five years old and cost $25 million to build.
The soccer field would be rebuilt behind the new football stadium. Students will vote on the name of the new stadium.