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Students OK Fee Hike for West Texas A&M Stadium

Students OK Fee Hike for West Texas A&M Stadium

The athletic fee increase of $152 for full-time students will, with few exceptions, affect those who enroll at the college in the future.

CANYON — Administrators are moving full steam ahead after West Texas A&M University students approved an athletic fee hike to pay for an estimated $19 million on-campus stadium.

Meanwhile, Canyon Independent School District, which currently shares 57-year-old Kimbrough Memorial Stadium with the university, is left facing an uncertain future.

After a record high turnout during a Tuesday and Wednesday election, students narrowly approved an athletic fee increase of $152 for full-time students that, with few exceptions, will only affect those who enroll at the college in the future. The somewhat controversial vote passed with 52 percent of the vote, a difference of just 68 votes out of 1,506 cast.

The somewhat controversial vote passed with 52 percent of the vote, a difference of just 68 votes out of 1,506 cast.

“This is a giant step forward for the university and the community — one that will be experienced by generations,” Athletic Director Michael McBroom said in a statement. “I commend the leadership in student government as well as the pride and involvement in WT that the student body exhibited in casting their votes.”

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents already approved the fee increase last year after the Student Senate passed a bill calling for the stadium referendum.

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