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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

July 29, 2004

Northwest Football Facility Renamed

Northwest Football Facility Timeline

1908 - First year of football; Games played at field behind the Administration Building

1913 - University Athletic Field moved to current location

1917 - Bleachers constructed around field, named Memorial Stadium

1961 - Facility re-named Rickenbrode Stadium

2004 - Facility re-named Bearcat Stadium

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents unanimously approved a change in the name of Northwest's football facility today (July 29). Formerly known as Rickenbrode Stadium, the Bearcats' home games will now be played at Bearcat Stadium.

The change was proposed by a group of anonymous donors, who wanted the name of Northwest's new facility to honor eveyr who was involved in the completiono of the project last year. Northwest's football facility is the longest running single-site facility in all of NCAA Division II.

"The Northwest Foundat, who was responsible for raising the funds for the facility, and the Board of Regents wanted to recognize the more than 700 people who contributed to the completion of that project," Northwest Director of Athletics Dr. Bob Boerigter said. "Collectively, we believe the name really reflects the support of all the Bearcats who were involved in the project. One of our regents put it best, saying 'this is our stadium.'".

From 1913 through 1917, the team played on the University Athletic Field. In 1917, construction on bleachers was completed and the facility was named Memorial Stadium. In 1961, University President J.W. Jones re-named the stadium in honor of William Rickenbrode, a long-time Northwest employee and Bearcat supporter. For nearly 44 years, the football facility was named after Rickenbrode, known to his colleagues and friends as "Mr. Bearcat."

In 2000, the first wave of major changes to the stadium took place. The east grandstand was completely demolished and rebuilt. That project was funded solely by Northwest students.

The renovations weren't finished, however. Following the 2001 season, demolition of the west grandstand and press box began. Construction of the new west side began quickly thereafter. The 2002 season was played with temporary seating and a temporary press seating area.

In 2003, the new-and-improved stadium was unveiled. The new construction included increased seating capacity on the west side, chairback and railback seating, 10 luxury suites, a spacious and functional press area and a new scoreboard, complete with a video board.

The most recent set of renovations has been solely funded by private donations, including a recent group of donors who were behind the change to Bearcat Stadium.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

Northwest Athletics
Lamkin Activity Center | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468