Livingstone College set to name its new football stadium

In a game dubbed the West End Classic, Livingstone College will kick off its football season on Saturday by christening its renovated stadium Alumni Memorial.

The $2.8 million sports complex features a new, expanded track, video scoreboard and soccer field with distinctive blue turf.

Kimberly Harrington, a spokeswoman for Livingstone, said this year’s West End Classic would be important.

As well as being the first game played on the new ground, it also marks the return of the Mayor’s Cup, in which the Mayor of Salisbury will present a trophy to the winning team for the first time since 2013.

The Livingstone Blue Bears will open their season against Catawba College. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 4:20 p.m. Pre-game festivities will include a cheering rally.

The school will also host a ceremony to honor community leaders in Salisbury’s historic West End, where the campus is located. Winners will receive the Fannie T. Butler Community Impact Award, named after the late West End Coalition member Fannie T. Butler.

Coalition leader Dee Dee Wright said in a statement that the three winners would be the first to receive the award.

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