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NC Wesleyan raising funds for stadium

Posted on February 4, 2021

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N.C. Wesleyan College's planned Vernon T. Bradley Jr. Sports Stadium is shown in an artist rendering.

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N.C. Wesleyan College's planned Vernon T. Bradley Jr. Sports Stadium is shown in an artist rendering.

ROCKY MOUNT — North Carolina Wesleyan College recently secured nearly $2 million in donor funds to kick off its sports stadium campaign. 

The donations will go toward the development of a new turf field with lights on the south side of campus. The new sports stadium will consist of a turf field, lighting, additional parking, fencing, permanent seating, scoreboards, a press box and a new fieldhouse. 

N.C. Wesleyan noted that athletes have had to miss afternoon classes to travel and practice prior to sundown. A new turf field and lighting will allow student-athletes to practice and play games later in the evenings. The new fieldhouse will contain a training room, weight room, classrooms, meeting space and offices. 

“In the spring of 2020, two major donors committed almost $2 million to establish a multi-phase, multi-year project that will be known as the Vernon T. Bradley Jr. Sports Stadium. Future phases will include a field house that is yet to be named, as well as other infrastructure you would expect to find at a college stadium,” said college President Evan D. Duff. “This project will not only change the landscape of the college, but also the athletic and academic opportunities we can provide our students.”

The sports stadium campaign will be completely donor-funded and consist of four project phases, as funding allows. The college is actively seeking donors in hopes of raising $700,000 to complete Phase One and to unlock an additional $850,000 pledge from Vernon T. Bradley Jr. for Phase Two. Phase One will include the turf field, lighting and additional parking. 

The college is planning spring and summer fundraisers “for those who have a love for the game of football and Wesleyan.” 

Those interested in supporting the sports stadium can contact Eddie Coats, vice president of advancement, at ecoats@ncwc.edu or 252-985-5108. 

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