- When 2017 comes to a close more than 10 football games will have been played in Wildcat Stadium, but only five of them by the purple and white.
Through three rounds of the high school football playoffs, Anthony Field at Wildcat Stadium will have hosted five high school games in its inaugural season, with potential for more. The Wildcats finished the home portion of their college football schedule back on Nov. 11 and on the following Friday Brownwood and Wichita Falls Hirschi took the field for a first round showdown.
Becky Brown, assistant director of internal operations for the department of athletics, organizes all the high school games played at the stadium. She said the games can’t be scheduled until the winners are determined, but there are several teams waiting to play if they win their respective games the week before.
“Teams inquire a few weeks out to be added to the list. Like mentioned above, we cannot schedule until week of,” Brown said. “We will typically host two to three games per weekend depending on how everything shakes out. We usually have a waiting list of 10-15 schools per weekend.”
Of course that number will dwindle as the playoffs carry on, but Brown said the response to this point has been positive for ACU and the high schools.
“Teams have absolutely loved playing in Wildcat Stadium so far. Some coaches and ADs [athletic directors] have started off a little hesitant looking at the cost, but once they get here they realize it’s worth it to play in a Div. 1 stadium,” Brown said.” The players all walk in with phones up on Snapchat and other social media and are excited to get to play here.”
Like Brown said the price of $10,000 per game can be daunting to some of the smaller schools, but after game play expenses she said ACU makes only a small profit.
“Our basic costs to host a game are extremely high and the $10,000 covers that and we make a small amount revenue,” Brown said. “We recognize that the cost is high, however we want to reiterate that we are not trying to nickel and dime these schools by having such a high cost. After hard expenses we just make a couple thousand dollars per game which does not account for soft costs such as utilities, wear and tear on field and stands, et cetera.”