Wabash credits Clifford’s donation, dedicates new football stadium

Little Giant Stadium and Frank Navarro Field will be dedicated to half-time for Wabash’s football match against Allegheny College on Saturday.

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – Wabash College will inaugurate its new stadium and soccer field on Saturday.

Little Giant Stadium and Frank Navarro Field will be dedicated to halftime of Wabash’s football game against Allegheny College on Saturday, September 18.

A school event announcement said the $ 15 million stadium is “fully accessible and features a main grandstand that can accommodate over 3,500 fans.”

The new press box includes areas for media, game operations and training booths. A “W. Club Lounge” on the second floor consists of four dedicated suites.

The playing surface is an artificial FieldTurf surrounded by a Beynon all-weather track surface for athletic events. The dashboard, ticket office and concession areas are also all new.

The W. Club Lounge is named after former Wabash student Kevin Clifford and his family. Clifford, a former quarterback and Wabash graduate in 1977, contributed $ 10 million to the stadium project.

“Kevin has given his time, talents and treasure to Wabash for four decades, but this extraordinary gift has allowed us to create one of the best Division III stadiums in the NCAA,” said President Scott Feller.

Clifford was also an assistant coach in 1977 when Wabash got an 11-2 and played in the Division III national championship game. A former school trustee, he also served on a presidential research committee and was part of the cabinet of two fundraising campaigns that raised more than $ 200 million for Wabash.

When Clifford left Wabash, he was President and CEO of American Funds Group. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Football Foundation / College Football Hall of Fame, as well as of the Boards of Trustees of the National World War II Museum and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation.

Clifford requested that the playing field be named in memory of Frank Navarro, the Wabash Hall of Fame football coach who led the team to the Stagg Bowl championship game in 1977.

“I have been fortunate enough to play and work for Coach Navarro,” said Clifford. “The lessons learned under his tutelage have served me well in life and in business.”

The new stadium was designed by the Sports Design arm of the DLR Group based in Kansas City.

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