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New $13 million football stadium coming to Wabash College

When you think of Little Giants you probably think of the 1994 film. But the Little Giants are actually in Crawfordsville stirring up something new and something big for the 2020 season.

Posted: Sep 26, 2019 11:41 PM

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (WLFI) -- When you think of Little Giants you probably think of the 1994 film.

You probably think of icebox, the annexation of Puerto Rico or pee-wee football.

But the Little Giants are actually in Crawfordsville stirring up something new and something big for the 2020 season.

Wabash's head football coach, players and athletic director are stoked about its new football stadium.

"We just had what I would call the lightning strike of an opportunity come along," said Wabash's athletic director, Matt Tanney.

It's an opportunity the Wabash Little Giants could not pass up.

"Take a look at the existing facilities especially this facility in particular," said Tanney. "It's time."

It is time for a new $13 million football stadium with all the fixins. 

"Oh it's crazy," said Wabash senior linebacker Brandon Yeagy. "First initial thought is, oh, I wish I could have played in it."

Yeagy won't be able to suit up for the new football stadium. He said that's fine. He just wants the underclassmen to enjoy it.

"I'm happy that the younger guys get to play on it and bring in some new recruits," said Yeagy. "It is an awesome opportunity."

A few players said one of the things they are most looking to in the new Little Giants Stadium is the upgraded turf. The synthetic material is made to look like real grass and to allow more cushion.

"The whole entire atmosphere is going to be really cool," said Wabash junior safety, Jake Paige. "A new stadium and lots of new nice things. I am just excited in general for the whole thing."

"I think when any high school kid walks in and maybe sees the best division three stadium in the country that is going to be very very impressive," said Wabash head coach Don Morel.

What's impressive is how Wabash got away without playing any night games. Well now the Little Giants can next year.

Along with new lights in the stadium comes new suites, media booths, seating, an all-weather track and expanded restrooms and upgraded concessions.

Morel sums it up.

"It's the legacy of Wabash football and more importantly really the legacy of Wabash College," said Morel.

Wabash President Gregory Hess said a substantial amount of the funding was due to an anonymous group of donors.

The football stadium breaks ground November 9th and will be done by the first home game next season.

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