|Location||291 Catamount Road|
Cullowhee, NC 28723
|Owner||Western Carolina University|
|Operator||Western Carolina University|
|Surface||Desso Challenge Pro 2 turf|
|Opened||September 14, 1974|
|Construction cost||$1.66 million|
($8.43 million in 2018 dollars)
|Architect||Moore and Robinson Architects|
|Western Carolina Catamounts (NCAA) (1974-present)|
Bob Waters Field at E. J. Whitmire Stadium is a 13,742-seat football stadium in Cullowhee, North Carolina. It opened in 1974 and is home to the Western Carolina University Catamounts football team. The field itself is named Bob Waters Field. The football facility is located on the south end of the WCU campus and is bordered by Cullowhee Creek on the west side; Jordan-Phillips Field House and WCU Weight Room on its north end, and the Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center on the south end.
After the 2008 season, the artificial surface was replaced with the Desso Challenge Pro 2 turf, a product of the Desso Sports Systems. The new turf consists of a nylon-like, woven base interlaced with synthetic "blades of grass" that are approximately two-inches in length. Once the surface was in place, it was back-filled with a mixture of sand and rubber to serve as the "dirt" and to provide stability to the turf.
During the off-season prior to the 2010 campaign, a new Daktronics scoreboard with video screen was installed in the south end zone of the facility. The state-of-the-art video screen measures 17-feet tall by 32-feet wide and includes a scoreboard with a matching score and time board adhered to the facade of the Jordan-Phillips Field House.
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