Wabash College will officially open the new Little Giant Stadium on September 18 and will play five home games in the 2021 football schedule.
Wabash will face Allegheny College on Sept. 18 in the first football game played at the new $13-million stadium as part of the College’s Homecoming celebration. Wabash will formally dedicate its new stadium, including Frank Navarro Field, on that day. A former head football coach, Navarro led the 1977 Little Giants to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl national championship game.
The Little Giants will also play home games against North Coast Athletic Conference opponents Oberlin (Oct. 9), Wooster (Oct. 16), and Wittenberg (Nov. 6). Wabash will host the 127th Monon Bell Classic against DePauw on Nov. 13.
Construction of the new Little Giant Stadium began in November 2019 and was completed in fall 2020. The facility includes seating for 3,550 fans in the main grandstand, as well as four suites and a W Club Lounge. The new facility also includes game operations and media booths, a new scoreboard, a new playing surface, an all-weather track, and expanded restroom and upgraded concession areas.
“We are excited to continue the winning tradition of Wabash football in the new Little Giant Stadium,” head coach Don Morel said. “We look forward to playing football again and returning the Monon Bell to Crawfordsville later this year.”
Wabash opens the 2021 football season on the road with a non-conference game at Rose-Hulman on Saturday, Sept. 4.
The Little Giants start the 2021 NCAC portion of the schedule the following weekend on the road at Hiram on Sept. 11. Conference games at Denison (Oct. 2), at Ohio Wesleyan (Oct. 23), and at Kenyon (Oct. 30) complete the road portion of the schedule.
Wabash is the fifth winningest football program in NCAA Division III. The Little Giants have posted a 166-34 record since 2001 (.830), won eight North Coast Athletic Conference Championships, and made the Division III Playoffs eight times over that span.
Kickoff times and ticket information will be announced at a later date.