By Eric Norwood Jr.
PNT staff writer
There was an extra buzz surrounding this year’s ENMU Homecoming, as the vote for a new stadium was the hot topic.
After Friday’s vote had passed by an 83 percent majority vote, an extra boost of excitement was evident among students, alumni, and local citizens.
“I think it is fantastic. I think we should have been done this. We’re grateful for Blackwater Draw, but something new was needed for this school, something we can be proud of,” said former ENMU football player and Director for Upward Bound Rodrick Chambers.
Other alumni professed their approval for the new stadium, including 1952 graduate and former ENMU athletic director B.B. Lees.
“I wish I was a part of the 2013-2014 class because for the rest of their lives they can say they brought the stadium back to campus,” said Lees.
“I’m thrilled. I think it is a big, gigantic help. I can’t wait,” said Frankie Scofield, a graduate from 1980.
Other students were also happy with the results.
“I think it is great. Even though I won’t see it, the generations after us can enjoy it,” said Jacob Lee, a senior at ENMU.
“I voted yes for the stadium. I think it will bring more people to the school, and make it more fun,” said junior Jarvis Hall.
“I think it’s awesome,” said newly elected ENMU Homecoming Queen Ariel Aragon. “I hope it brings more school spirit, and more students can actually go to the game.”
Not all students were happy about the vote.
“I’m against spending money on something that we already have. We could spend it on more things we need on campus,” said sophomore Susan Hartfelder.
Others who aren’t alumni or students favored the new stadium.
“I think it’s great. It will help Portales in many ways,” said Maribel Ramirez, a military wife.
“I like it a lot. It should help the attendance of the games,” said Dannah Brown of Portales.
The $8 million facility will cost full-time students $40 a semester for the next 30 years. Part-time students will pay $3.33 per credit hour.
Lees, who served the ENMU athletic department for more than 37 years as a coach, athletic director, and faculty member, was particularly pleased about the new stadium.
“We didn’t want it gone (from campus) in the first place, and I’m so glad it’s back,” Lees said.