In less than two months, the Wolverines of Bentonville West High School will have a home of their own. Construction of the team’s stadium is reportedly on schedule and should be open in time for its first home game against Southside High School of Fort Smith, AR. West High School opened in 2016 and the team has played home games at nearby Bentonville High School ever since. Seating capacity at the new $3.8 million stadium in Centerton, Arkansas is estimated to be roughly 4,000.
“It’s really tough to build a program without somewhere to call home and a place to have the home field advantage. We talk about it as a coaching staff, how fun it’s going to be to get ready for a game here and walk straight out the door and be able to play here.” – Bryan Pratt (Head Coach at Bentonville West High School)
The project was funded through a combination of public and private contributions. First National Bank of NWA gave $150,000 in exchange for naming rights to the field and the Bentonville booster club chipped in with an additional $50,000. According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the majority of construction costs will be covered by the Bentonville School District. Spanning 140 miles across Northwest Arkansas, the school district is comprised of 21 schools and more than 17,000 students.
“First National Bank of NWA, our staff and board are honored to support the Bentonville Schools and the Bentonville and Centerton communities with this commitment. Giving back in significant ways to the area we serve has been our tradition for over 145 years as a division of First National Bank of Fort Smith,” – Rob Husong (President of First National Bank of NWA)