Saturday, Sept. 9, was a historic day at Farrington Field as the Texas Wesleyan University football team made its first appearance in Fort Worth since November 15, 1941. A boisterous crowd of 4,518 was on hand to witness history in the making, and cheer on the Rams.
A spectacular day in Fort Worth full of sunshine treated fans to a great game-day atmosphere including a pre-game tailgating party in the Ram Zone hosted by 92.1 Hank FM. The Ram Zone featured music, prizes, giveaways, and catering by Chic-fil-a, Nothing Bundt Cakes and The Islanders food truck. It also included visits from special guest Willie the Ram mascot, TXWES cheerleaders, the Gold Line dance team, and even the Chic-fil-a cow.
“Waking up Saturday morning, finally having that game day feeling that has been absent from the university for so long, was extremely refreshing,” Corrina Palomino, senior political science major, said. “From the tailgating to the fumble on kickoff, to the ribbon cutting ceremony, it was something that I am so grateful to have experienced and be able to look back on one day.”
The Rams home opener was a tribute to all first responders in honor of 9/11 and all personnel working in the Houston and South Texas areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. All first responders and their families were given free admission with proof of their badge.
“It was amazing to see such a great turnout of future students, current students, faculty, staff and alumni,” DeAwna Wood, director of alumni relations, said. “Having so many alumni come out to support TXWES proves that ‘Smaller. Smarter.’ is not just a tagline at Wesleyan, it truly is a way of life. We hope to continue this momentum and look forward to providing more game day opportunities for alumni to stay involved.”
The Ram’s will play their next home game Sept. 23 against Southwestern Assemblies of God University. For all your game day info, visit our website at ramsports.net.