And Women’s Lacrosse is joining the field, too
Get ready for the return of Hatter Football!
Stetson University is starting the process to join the prestigious Pioneer Football League with the first game in fall 2013. Long ago considered a pigskin powerhouse in Florida, Stetson has not had a football team since the 1956 season. A new NCAA Division I program in Women’s Lacrosse – which has become wildly popular since it started a year ago as a club sport at Stetson – will also be added at the same time.
The university currently has 15 intercollegiate sports, with most of those played in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Following approval by the Stetson University Board of Trustees last month, the next formal step toward a new football program was to establish a partnership with the City of DeLand for shared use of Spec Martin Football Stadium at Earl Brown Park.
The DeLand City Commission approved that partnership in a special meeting March 14. The agreement calls for the city to finance capital improvement needs for the stadium in return for an annual rental fee from Stetson and an agreement to share revenue from sponsorships and advertising, as well as a commission on concessions and parking. Stetson has a similar agreement with the city for use of Melching Field at Conrad Park for baseball.
“We are thrilled to work together with the city on the prospect of re-introducing Hatter Football,” said Stetson President Wendy B. Libby. “The city and Stetson have been bound together since the late 1800s, and our health and vitality go hand-in-hand.”
Read an expanded version of this story on the webpage dedicated to Stetson Football.
For alumni and friends who are excited about what the addition of Hatter Football and Women’s Lacrosse will mean to Stetson, please help support this initiative financially. Every gift to help make this happen is a show of support. You may mail your gift to the Stetson University Office of Development, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., Unit 8286, DeLand, FL 32723, or make a credit card gift online at www.stetson.edu/give (under Gift Options, select Athletics, then Football) or by calling the Office of Development at 386-822-7455.