Tuesday, September 8, 2009
A dream came true September 5 when University Stadium was dedicated and officially opened by President Beheruz N. Sethna. Taking part in the ceremony was Ken Bernard, member of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents; Alan Webster, current president of the Student Government Association (SGA); and Rob Kelly 2007-08 SGA President.
As the marching band played the UWG fight song, a Blackhawk helicopter from the Army National Guard made a fly-over and the UWG Wolves took Ra-Lin Field against Lambuth University for a heartbreaking loss, 27-20.
The three major donor visionaries Ray Fulford, Bob Stone and Jim Gill were recognized for their shared vision and foresight to support the project from the inception of the idea through the final blow of the hammer. The stadium was constructed by Ra-Lin and Associates.
Carrollton Mayor Wayne Garner and the Carrollton City Council were thanked for the initial gift of the land that provided the impetuous for the entire project. Additional financial and infrastructure support from city, county and state governments was invaluable in the completion of the stadium and for the remainder of the Athletics Complex.
Carroll County Commissioners Bill Chappell and Trent North were also recognized for the county’s support, as were the Georgia General Assembly and Gov. Sonny Perdue for the funding of the road and bridge which will connect the Athletics Complex to the heart of campus.
Special recognition went to the SGA for the bold step taken several years ago to initiate a student fee that allowed the project to be expanded from a stadium to the Athletics Complex.
A newly formed fan club, the Wolves Pup Club, was created as an expression of gratitude to the community for their continued support of the university. At each home game, youth from the local communities will be invited as special guests to enjoy the excitement of Wolves football. Saturday’s Wolves Pup Club were members of the Boys and Girls Club of Carrollton.