Huntingdon College shows how on-campus football can thrive

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -   Alabama State University alumni are still buzzing about plans for a new on-campus stadium for the Hornets.  They don't have to look too far for an example of what having on campus football would mean for the university.

Huntingdon College athletic director Buzz Phillips says an on-campus football stadium has been a major plus for the university. It opened in 2004.

"Our fraternities and sororities across the street right there, they tailgate," Phillips said.   "We use the front lawn of the old school for tailgating, we have our gridiron club that comes in here tailgating, when you have your own field, you just feel more at home."

Alumni of Alabama State University, in Montgomery for Homecoming, hope will be the case in 2012 when the new $50 million stadium is expected to open.

"You're right there on-campus, basically you don't have to share anyone, it's all yours," said Eric Holifield, in town from Stone Mountain, GA.

Donald Weatherington, Sr.  remembers the days before the games moved to Crampton Bowl.

"Especially with us being in SWAC now, everybody has a stadium but us," Weatherington said.  "We're finally getting a stadium and this is something we've been waiting for years."

Huntingdon College hopes to add new turf to its field, and add more seating in the near future. Alabama State University officials expect their new stadium to be open in time for Homecoming in 2012.

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