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Wildcat Stadium Grand Opening featuring NEEDTOBREATHE

Photo credit: Eric Ryan AndersonCelebrate the grand opening of Wildcat Stadium!

The celebration for the grand opening kicks off at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15, with Chapel in the stadium instead of Moody Coliseum. Events pick up again at 8 p.m. with a concert featuring Grammy-nominated rock band NEEDTOBREATHE. The band’s sixth studio album, Hard Love, debuted at debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Albums, Top Current Albums, Top Rock Albums and Top Alternative Albums charts and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in July 2016. (Photo credit: Eric Ryan Anderson)

On Saturday, Sept. 16, the first ACU Gameday experience kicks off with Wildcat Country Tailgating. More info to come. Be sure to stay until the end of the Wildcats’ game against Houston Baptist: A big fireworks show is in store. 

Learn more about Wildcat Country Tailgating by reviewing the ACU Wildcat Football Fan Guide. And don’t forget your tickets! Season tickets are on sale now, and individual game tickets will go on sale in August.


Opening Weekend at Wildcat Stadium

Friday, Sept. 15
11 a.m.​ ​– Chapel
8 p.m. –​ ​NEEDTOBREATHE free concert 

Saturday, Sept. 16
1 p.m. – Parking lots open; Wildcat Country Tailgate load in
3 p.m. – Wildcat Country Tailgating begins in Campus Mall; Wildcat Ticket Central opens
3:30 p.m. – Wildcat Walk (football team walks to stadium)
4 p.m. – Suite and Club entrances open
4:30 p.m. – All gates open
5:43 p.m. – Wildcat Reign enters stadium
5:45 p.m. – Big Purple Band performs
5:52 p.m. – Prayer and National Anthem
5:54 p.m. – Ribbon-cutting ceremony
5:57 p.m. – Coin toss
6 p.m. – Kickoff against Houston Baptist
9:30 p.m. – Fireworks
9:30-10:30 p.m. (or one hour after game) – Load out tailgate

Contact Information

Primary Contact

Samantha Adkins

Date & Location

Date: 9/15/2017
Time: 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Location: Wildcat Stadium