Edward Waters College officially broke ground on its new Community Field and Athletic Stadium on Wednesday, February 5th at 2:00pm in a ceremony at the Adams-Jenkins Community Sports & Music Complex. Edward Waters College President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr. as well as the Honorable Mayor Lenny Curry of the City of Jacksonville were among the many citizens in attendance for this historic event.
The current area that is used as the practice field for the Edward Waters College Football Program between the Adams-Jenkins Community Sports & Music Complex and the James Weldon Johnson Building will be completely overhauled. In its place will be a 3,000 seat athletic stadium that will serve as the new, permanent home of the program complete with lights, press box, a state-of-the-art Field Turf surface, and a walking track for students and the surrounding community to utilize.
The planned $4.3 million dollar new construction project was publicly announced in 2017 as part of a funding partnership with the City of Jacksonville, with an additional remaining $4.4 million to be utilized for the renovation of EWC’s largest residence facility, Tiger Landing, which is currently underway.
“It is a transformative time here at Florida’s Destination Institution of Emerging Eminence.” said EWC President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr. “We are grateful to the City of Jacksonville for their benevolent gift and continued belief in Edward Waters College and the New Town community. This community field and athletic stadium will be a beacon of light for the area that we serve and will be a tremendous aid in the growth and revitalization of our campus.”
“To say that this day has been a long time coming for our athletics program is an understatement.” remarked Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mr. Paul A. Bryant. “We are incredibly excited that we will have a permanent home for our storied football program and we firmly believe that this state-of-the-art facility will be a game changer not just for us athletically, but for this community as a whole.”
The facility is projected for completion in late September in time for the 2020 EWC football season, which will be the 20th season since the rebirth of the program in 2001, and the 70th season overall of Tigers varsity football.
About Edward Waters College
Edward Waters College (EWC), accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), is a private, historically black, urban college which offers a liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on the Christian principles of high moral and spiritual values. EWC was established in 1866 and is an African Methodist Episcopal Church-related institution of learning. It is the first private institution of higher education in the State of Florida.