WCU Athletics Field Turf Replacement

This campaign ended on December 04, 2019, but you can still make a gift to Western Carolina University by clicking here!

About this project: 

With an anticipated lifespan of up to 10 years, the artificial turf at E.J. Whitmire Stadium/Bob Waters Field was installed in September 2008. At the conclusion of the turf’s 11th year of use, the Department of Athletics is planning an upgrade to improve the experiences of our student-athletes. 

Replacing the turf with a modernized playing surface will maximize performance, reduce the possibility of injury, and enhance practice efficiencies for Catamount football. The field is not only used exclusively by football, but also by all of our student-athletes through strength and conditioning programs, The Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, intramurals and the cheer/spirit programs. The new turf, which will surpass that of our Southern Conference rivals, will include upgraded branding elements to provide a fresh look that will help recruit top student-athletes to Cullowhee and enhance the experience of fans whether in the stadium or watching via broadcast.

As part of WCU's Giving Tuesday on December 3rd, 2019, which will specifically focus donations towards the Field Turf Replacement Project, Mike and Marsha Sullivan, Catamount Club members, have issued a challenge gift to Catamount Nation. If the Giving Tuesday goal of $50,000 is met by our Catamount Faithful, it will unlock a match of a $50,000 philanthropic gift. Giving Tuesday donors, at any level of financial support, will receive recognition in all 2020 football game day programs. Donors to the Field Turf Replacement Project at or above $2,500 ($105 a month for 24 months) will receive a piece of memorialized turf. Your support is needed to unlock this challenge gift and to make this project become a reality for WCU student-athletes. 

For more information on this project and the case for need, please click here

To make an offline donation, please contact the Catamount Club at catamountclub@wcu.edu or 828.227.3047.

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Donors who make a donation of $2,500 or more ($105 dollars a month for 24 months) will receive a piece of memorialized turf.