Skip to main content

WT's iconic buffalo has a new home


West Texas A&M Athletics announced today that the iconic White Buffalo will be the centerpiece of the new Citizens Bank Plaza, a naming agreement approved by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. 

"We are very grateful for the people of Citizens Bank taking the lead on this project," said Michael McBroom, Director of Athletics. "This was one of the very first commitments we had for the stadium, and it was important to all of us, especially Citizens Bank, that we pay proper homage to such an iconic symbol of West Texas A&M and the Texas Panhandle. The buffalo's new home is simply stunning and we have preserved this icon for generations to follow."

Citizens Bank Plaza is located just outside the gates of the south end of Buffalo Stadium, along Russell Long Boulevard. The Plaza is home to the White Buffalo, and pays tribute to each of the live mascots who have served the university since 1910. The Plaza also honors members of the fraternity of Lambda Chi Alpha, who provided the original funding for the White Buffalo in 1967, and again in 2019 for restoration.

The White Buffalo was prominently displayed at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium for 51 years, before being removed last February for restoration in advance of moving to its new home at Buffalo Stadium.

"WT is a special place for many people, myself included," said Jeff Nunn, President/CEO of Citizens Bank and All-American Linebacker for the Buffs in 1976. "The White Buffalo on the hill was a symbol of strength, speed and grit for the WT athletes and fans alike. Citizens Bank is proud to be a part of preserving this legacy for those who follow us."

Citizens Bank is a family-owned community bank that has served the region since 1904. Specializing in agriculture lending, Citizens Bank has been recognized as one of the Top 50 safest banks in the United States. They have locations in Amarillo, Claude, Tulia and Tucumcari. 

The White Buffalo will be unveiled and Citizens Bank Plaza dedicated in a special ceremony to be held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 6. Following the ceremony, Buffalo Stadium will be open for the first time for the public to view and enjoy a hot dog and participate in on-field activities. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in front of and behind the Virgil Henson Activities Center, across from Buffalo Stadium.

WT hosts Azusa Pacific in the inaugural game at Buffalo Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 7. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

First confirmed case of COVID-19 in Canyon

The Amarillo Area Public Health has confirmed 1 case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Canyon.

"Due to sensitive information we are not able to share details regarding this case," the city said in a statement.

On Monday, Canyon Mayor Gary Hinders hosted a Facebook Live giving details of Canyon’s response to COVID-19 Status Level Red, which is aligned with the City of Amarillo and new Amarillo Public Health guidance.

Effective immediately, Amarillo Public Health has updated its coronavirus (COVID-19) Level to RED. This is the highest alert level, indicating there are widespread confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Amarillo and the surrounding area.

Hinders issued stay at home guidelines, that went into effect tonight, (March 30) at 11:59 pm and will be in place at least through Monday, April 13, 2020.

"We ask that residents stay at home except for outings essential to their own health, safety, and welfare and that of their family members," the city said.

Under these guideline…

Grocery stores impacted by COVID-19 outbreak

With the continued spread of COVID-19, many grocery stores throughout the area have been facing changes in operations as well as economic impacts.

Nancy Sharp, manager of communications and community engagement for the United “family,” which includes all Llano Logistics, RC Taylor, United Express, Amigos, Market Street and United Supermarkets, said COVID-19 has many people doing some fear-driven, panic-type buying, causing a significant increase in traffic in stores and people purchasing items.

The closure of dining establishments has also impacted sales as more people are cooking at home, which Sharp said has provided an increase to grocery stores across the country. The increase in traffic has also increased the amount of people who are working in the stores and the need for additional cleaning.

“We are cleaning multiple times a day, multiple surfaces. And so that has definitely increased the number,” Sharp said. “We're restocking several times a day; that also has increased th…

White House projects between 100,000 and 240,000 American deaths from coronavirus

President Trump's top health advisers said Tuesday that models show between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans could die from the novel coronavirus even if the country keeps stringent social distancing guidelines in place.

Without any measures to mitigate the disease's spread, those projections jump to between 1.5 and 2.2 million deaths from COVID-19.

The models, which were displayed at a White House press briefing Tuesday, underpinned Trump's decision to extend social distancing guidelines to the end of April.

Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, explained the data, urging the public to steel for difficult weeks ahead while expressing hope that the efforts would reduce the spread of the coronavirus. 

“There’s no magic bullet, there’s no magic vaccine or therapy. It’s just behaviors,” Birx said, adding that it would be those behaviors that could change “the course of the viral pandemic.”

Second COVID-19 case confirmed in Canyon

The Amarillo Area Public Health has confirmed a second positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Canyon. Due to sensitive information the City of Canyon is not provided details on any cases.

Last week, Mayor Gary Hinders hosted a Facebook Live giving details of Canyon’s response to COVID-19 Status Level Red, which is aligned with the City of Amarillo and new Amarillo Public Health guidance.

Effective immediately, Amarillo Public Health has updated its coronavirus (COVID-19) Level to RED. This is the highest alert level, indicating there are widespread confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Amarillo and the surrounding area.

Hinders issued stay at home guidelines, that went into effect March 30 at 11:59 pm and will be in place at least through Monday, April 13, 2020.

"We ask that residents stay at home except for outings essential to their own health, safety, and welfare and that of their family members," the city said.

Under these guidelines, all businesses, except those essenti…

50 children may have been exposed to COVID-19 at Amarillo daycare

Friday morning, City of Amarillo’s Public Health Director, Casie Stoughton, confirmed that 50 children may have been exposed to COVID-19 at an Amarillo daycare.

A child enrolled at Imagination Station Child Development Center has tested positive for COVID-19. All of the exposed children have been placed under quarantine by the City of Amarillo until at least April 10.

The daycare said it will comply with public health guidelines and plans to reopen next week.

"We will do a floor-wall-ceiling and every thing in between cleaning. We will re-open Monday morning to the families who have not been quarantined by the Public Health Department.

"Being essential workers isn’t an easy job. We are placed on the frontlines with nothing more than hand sanitizer and prayers.

"Also with being an essential worker we risk being the ones with the initial exposure. We have all made sacrifices for each other because when you feel a calling on your life you don’t back down in the face of ad…