The N.C. Wesleyan football team played its first game on campus in October of 2019.
Then, the team’s field was a finely dressed patch of grass surrounded by a few rows of portable bleachers. Now, the Bishops will play in a space that is due for some major upgrades.
The college announced that it had recently secured donor funds to begin its sports stadium campaign. The funds raised will go toward a new turf field with lights. Located on the south side of campus, this project is among several lined out in the college’s long-term plans.
Alumni donor Vernon T. Bradley Jr. donated money in June for bleachers, a scoreboard and other signs.
The new sports stadium consists of a turf field, lighting, additional parking, fencing, permanent seating, scoreboards, a press box and a new fieldhouse. The new fieldhouse will contain a training room, weight room, classrooms, meeting space and offices.
The college said that the upgrades will also benefit the athletes as the on-campus facilities will make practices and games more accessible. The Bishops had played all of their home games at the Rocky Mount Sports Complex before the 2019 season.
“In the spring of 2020, two major donors committed almost $2,000,000 to establish a multi-phase, multi-year project that will be known as the Vernon T. Bradley, Jr. Sports Stadium. Future phases will include a field house that is yet to be named, as well as other infrastructure you would expect to find at a college stadium,” college president Dr. Evan D. Duff said in a press release. “This project will not only change the landscape of the college, but also the athletic and academic opportunities we can provide our students.”
The campaign will be completely donor-funded and consist of four project phases, the release said. The college is seeking to raise $700,000 to complete phase one, which includes the turf field, lighting and parking.
The College is planning future fundraising events to be held in the spring and summer of 2021. Specific dates will be announced soon, and will provide an opportunity to view the plans and ideas of the new stadium.
Those who are interested in supporting the Sports Stadium can contact Eddie Coats, VP of Advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 252.985.5108.