MSU May Soon Be Playing On Their Own Turf

For decades the MSU football team has taken the field at the memorial stadium-- but if one of the university's president's top priorities comes to fruition-- they will be suiting up to play on their own campus.

Although the project is still in its early stages 

Right now students have to jump in a car and travel about five miles from the university to enjoy a game.... so students really like the idea of leaving their dorm rooms to walk to a Saturday night game.

Since Midwestern State University revived its football program in the late 80's, the games have been held at the memorial stadium.

But that may soon change, which is very exciting for the players like defensive back Kevin Hayes.

"I feel like we would probably be the best division 2 program in the country if we did get the stadium and I feel like everyone helping out will just boost us that much more." Kevin Hayes, Defensive Back

MSU President Dr. Suzanne Shipley agrees which is why she is working closely with the athletics department to put together a stadium proposal.

"Since she's been here, she's talked about that and she's made it very well known she would love an opportunity to put a football stadium on Midwestern State University." Kyle Williams MSU Interim Athletic Director

MSU Interim Athletic Director Kyle Williams says the next step in making that happen-- is finding funding-- which he says will pay off for the University as a whole.

"The idea of having a stadium on campus would just affect the whole culture of our college experience and what we really want our student experience to look like." Kyle Williams MSU Interim Athletic Director

And players like Hayes are sure looking forward to the possibility of hitting the gridiron on their own turf.

"Memorial is awesome. It's a great stadium. But we share with other high schools and all the people in Wichita Falls. I feel like if we had our own stadium here at Midwestern State that would just grow the legacy even bigger so I honestly think playing here if we do have a stadium it would be a little more special than at memorial." Kevin Hayes, Defensive Back

Even students we talked to on campus who are not athletes are excited about the possibility of a stadium being built and they say they don't even mind if their student fees help fund the construction.

If the project does become reality-- the University athletics department would be open to making the stadium available to the community-- such as hosting Wichita Falls ISD games.

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