Last week, I joined Edward Waters University (EWU) President Dr. A. Zachary Faison to cut the ribbon for the new community field and stadium named in honor of a Jacksonville legend: former sheriff and Edward Waters president Nathaniel Glover.
Our City is proud to be home to EWU and its legacy as the oldest private institution for higher learning in the state. And we look forward to an even brighter future. Under the leadership of Dr. Faison—and building upon the great foundation laid by Dr. Glover and their predecessors—I am confident that this great momentum will continue to build.
It was Dr. Glover who came to me and my team with the idea for this community field and stadium and asked for the City’s support back in 2017. I was proud to support this project then, and I am even prouder to stand here today to help cut the ribbon.
This is about more than a football field and stadium. It's about investing in this prestigious institution, this historic community, and the betterment of the entire city. To put it simply: When Edward Waters and the New Town neighborhood succeed, Jacksonville succeeds.
This stadium—and the activities that will happen there—will bring more visitors and economic opportunities to Jacksonville and the New Town neighborhood. It will be a vital resource for neighbors, improving their quality of life. And it will be an important gathering place where we can all come together to enjoy a good game.
And this could not have happened at a more opportune time, since just last month it was announced that the Tigers are joining NCAA Division II and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, bringing high-quality college sports here to Jacksonville. I can’t wait to see our Tigers play in this beautiful space.