By JAKOB RYAN / Staff Writer — Photograph by: NIKKI PRUITT
With the announcement on August 7 by the Southern Atlantic Conference to postpone the 2020 football season until the spring of 2021, Barton College will have to eagerly wait for it’s return to the grid iron.
As for the construction of the new football stadium, Athletic Director Todd Wilkinson believed that the stadium would have been completed before the home opener that was scheduled to take place October 3. “Considering the work being done on the grandstand now, I believe we would have been ready to play,” Said Wilkinson.
However, the original plans to have seating closer to the field and the press box tower have now been put on hold. The new end product will seat 2,500 fans. As for the press box tower and other seating areas, they have been placed into the long-range plans said Wilkinson.
On October 19, 2019, Barton College announced the partnership with BB&T and two gifts from BB&T and the BB&T Charitable Fund. The gifts were $2 million dollars for the naming rights of the new stadium at Electric Supply Company Field and an additional $500,000 from BB&T Charitable Fund for a partnership between BB&T and Barton College to enhance and support the local and regional workforce development
Barton College released a statement raising awareness of the postposing of the season following the announcement from the Southern Atlantic Conferences decision.
“We are excited about the opportunity to schedule football at a time when our players, coaches, and fans can gather safely with full crowd support. Our concentration will be on safely preparing our players physically and academically for an exciting launch of Barton College Football this coming spring in 2021.”