After years of planning and dedication from countless individuals, the West Georgia Wolves have finally taken the field of their own home turf. The football team played its first game in the new 9,000-seat University Stadium on Saturday, September 5, 2009 with an excited crowd cheering them on.
The stadium is the centerpiece of UWG's new $29 million Athletics Complex, which will be completed in upcoming stages. The facility will ultimately feature sites for women's soccer, a women's varsity softball field, a women's field house and additional practice fields for soccer and football. There will be additional areas for locker rooms, weight and training rooms, and offices for the Department of Athletics.
Non-athletic components will also factor into the project, including an academic support lab and assembly area, and a parking area that will be fully utilized throughout the week for commuter students. Once these aspects of the project are completed, the Wolves will truly be home at last!
Thanks to then-Governor Sonny Perdue and the Georgia General Assembly, $1.9 million of the 2009 state budget was designated for the construction of a road and bridge to connect the current campus to the complex, which is housed on approximately 250 acres of land generously donated to the University by the City of Carrollton. The Carroll County Board of Commissioners also contributed to the project with financial and infrastructural support.
The facility is poised to revitalize campus culture and enhance student life just as the Greek Village, Coliseum, and Campus Center have done in recent years. It will also provide greater incentive for UWG students to stay in Carrollton on weekends, thus creating an immediate and profound positive impact on the local economy.
So come out and support the Wolves and check out their new home. It's an exciting time to be a part of West Georgia as we continue to show why we're a Destination University!