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ACU alum oversees construction of Wildcat Stadium
ean Cagle (’06) is almost at a loss for words when he tries to describe how he thinks fans will feel once Wildcat Stadium opens in Fall 2017. “I don’t think many people have a sense of the magnitude of this project right now,” says Cagle, project manager for the stadium through Hoar Construction. “They have Shotwell Stadium as their benchmark. But the day we open the gates to the new stadium, they’ll be completely … I don’t even know the word.
No – flabbergasted! It’s huge. It’s just huge.” Those gates will open for the first home football game Sept. 16, 2017, with a team led by new head coach Adam Dorrel (see page 58). With that, a new era will begin for Abilene Christian. Part of the $95 million Vision in Action initiative that launched in 2014, Wildcat Stadium will bring football back to campus for the first time in more than 50 years and provide a home for
the football team in its first season of full NCAA Division I eligibility. The VIA project list is more than halfway complete; the new Elmer Gray Stadium opened in April 2015, followed by the Engineering and Physics Laboratories at Bennett Gymnasium that August and the first phase of renovations to Onstead in November. Halbert-Walling opened for classes January 2017 for most of the sciences, and phase two of Onstead, formerly the Foster Science Building, is set for completion in January 2018. That phase includes much-needed