CWU football to return to Tomlinson Stadium to play under the lights

27 September 2018

For the first time in Central Washington University Wildcats football history, the Wildcats will host a game at Tomlinson Field under stadium lights. The lights were put in during the offseason, with construction going into the the season, resulting in the first home game of the season to take place at Zaepfel Stadium in Yakima.

The game Saturday night will showcase the new stadium lights and begin at 6:00 p.m. instead of the 1:00 p.m. time that CWU had typically been having its home games.

The opponent coming to town for the game is West Texas A&M University. Despite having a similar name to the team that took the Wildcats out of the playoffs last season, it isn’t, as that team is Texas A&M University – Commerce, and the team coming to town tomorrow night is West Texas A&M.

West Texas A&M is 2-2 on the season with most of its games being fairly close. The Wildcats enter the game ranked as the No. 14 seed in the nation and so are heavy favorites to win the game. Last week, CWU racked up over 600 yards of offense against Simon Fraser.

In honor of the new lights in the stadium, Central Washington University released the following statement, "It's exciting, not only for the students but for the community.  Our guys are pumped to play under the lights and make history by playing in the first night game at Tomlinson Stadium.  The lights, the turf, and the changes to the stadium have created a brand-new atmosphere and we are excited to make Saturday night a memorable event within the Ellensburg community. We know West Texas is going to come ready to play and they'll bring a bit of a different system and style than we are used to.  We are looking forward to a battle under the lights."

The Wildcats have four more home games in the season, three of them, including this Saturday, will be played at 6:00 p.m. under the lights. The season finale will be a home game against Azusa Pacific and that game will be at 1:00 p.m.