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Join us for the TXWES Athletic Field Groundbreaking Ceremony

04.01.2022 | By:

Mark your calendars for the Texas Wesleyan University Athletic Field Groundbreaking, scheduled for May 3 at 4 p.m. on the corner of Binkley Street and Avenue E. Honoring the first two phases of Karen Cramer Stadium, this event will mark the beginning of construction and celebrate the impact of Karen Cramer Stadium on both Texas Wesleyan students and the greater Fort Worth Community.

Who’s Invited?

Texas Wesleyan community members including students, faculty, staff, alumni and university friends as well as members of our East Fort Worth community.

What can you expect?

Guests will hear remarks from Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker as well as Texas Wesleyan student body representatives. Following the traditional dig, there will be a celebratory confetti throw, refreshments and music. Come join in this historic moment for Texas Wesleyan University and Fort Worth!

About Karen Cramer Stadium

The $16.5-million project, which will be located a block north of E. Rosedale Street between Binkley Street and Nashville Avenue, will be built in three phases:

  1. Practice field and lighting
  2. NCAA-certified track
  3. Bleachers, press box, field house and concessions.

The May 3 Groundbreaking event will celebrate the construction of phases one and two, with completion tentatively planned for Fall 2022.

A Texas Wesleyan stadium has been in discussion since 2017, when football returned to the university after a 76-year hiatus. About to begin its sixth season, Texas Wesleyan football has brought heightened media attention to campus, increased school spirit, and bolstered both recruitment and diversity. But the stadium project will not just benefit football.

The stadium will be built on the western edge of campus, less than half a mile from Polytechnic High School. “The new stadium will positively affect all aspects of our Engage 2025 Strategic Plan by enhancing student, alumni and community engagement, and spurring further economic development along Rosedale Street by bringing more people to our neighborhood,” said Texas Wesleyan President Frederick Slabach. “It also will generate a revenue stream to sustain our athletic programs through usage fees from outside organizations. We are excited about this development for our Polytechnic Heights community and incredibly thankful for Karen and her outstanding support.”

The new stadium will continue the economic development work started along E. Rosedale Street with the Rosedale Renaissance, renovated storefronts in the 3000 and 3100 blocks, the Nick and Lou Martin University Center, and The Rosedale — a new $10.5 million private student-housing development scheduled to open in fall 2022 at E. Rosedale and Collard Street.

Read our full press release about Karen Cramer Stadium here.