Five Years. That is how long the football team had to wait between home games on the campus of Quincy University.
From 2011-2014, the Hawks held their home games at Quincy High’s Flinn Stadium.
Last December, the Hawks received news that would change the program for the better. A $4 million upgrade to bring football back to campus.
The renovations included a new synthetic turf surface, a 14-by-48 foot video board with a scoreboard right above it and a new two-story press box with five luxury suites. Between the 45-yard lines are 250 reserved seats that spell out “QU” in brown and yellow.
Beneath the scoreboard is a berm for fans to hang out on and cheer on the hawks throughout the game.
Right outside of the stadium are reserved tailgating spots as well as a tailgating lot for fans to participate in pregame festivities. With a student i.d., students can get their own tailgating spot for just $10. Without an i.d., the cost is $20.
“It was an unbelievable experience as a fan. The atmosphere was electric and it felt like a real college game actually playing on the campus of Quincy University instead of Flinn Stadium,” said Josh Rabe.
“In my four years here, it was my favorite football game to attend. We arrived to the stadium at 8 a.m., set up our games, plugged in our speakers and just had a wonderful time. I cannot wait to go to more games,” said senior baseball player Jake Wehde.
The game lived up to its hype. In front of 2,972 fans, the hawks prevailed in a 42-37 win of the Lincoln University Blue Tigers.
“I am just so happy for this coaching staff and the players to have a place they can call ‘home.’ It is a huge stepping stone for their program and also a place they can really show off to recruits,” said Matthew Stembridge.
The Hawks return to #TheRock this Saturday, October 3rd, against Saint Joseph’s to highlight Homecoming Week.
They encourage everybody to come on out, relax, have fun and experience what QU football is all about.