Eastern New Mexico University kicked off new winning traditions on the Al Whitehead Field, Saturday, September 10, when Greyhound Football defeated Western New Mexico University’s Mustangs 37-16. Prior to the game, the ENMU Foundation hosted a reception for the family and friends of Al and Lacy Whitehead, the namesake of the stadium. During this time, current students, football players, alumni, family and friends visited with Mr. Whitehead, the man who was gracious enough to donate $500,000 towards the new field.
Whitehead, a former ENMU football player and 1955 graduate, has wanted to build a new stadium closer to campus ever since the building of the Blackwater Draw Stadium years ago. In 2005, Al and his wife, Lacy, were honored as Philanthropists of the Year by the ENMU Foundation for their constant support and encouragement.
While at the reception, Whitehead was able to meet with several of the current football players, as well as his former teammate, Benny Taylor. Taylor and Whitehead played football together through both high school and college. Now, over 60 years later, Whitehead still “bleeds green,” wearing his former jersey to ENMU’s first game in the new Greyhound Stadium.
During halftime of the opening game, Al, Lacy and family were celebrated by ENMU faculty, fans and students and the field was officially dedicated in Whitehead’s name. With a great start in the books, there is no doubt the ENMU Greyhound Football will put great use to the new field, and continue a victorious season.