UPDATED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 7:58pm
Waco, TX — Baylor is gearing up for their last season football season at Floyd Casey stadium.
On Thursday, the university held a luncheon to kickoff this season, and remember some of the greats who played in the past.
Thousands of Baylor supporters were on hand today at the Ferrell Center to grab a bite to eat and listen to head coach Art Briles and six gridiron legends talk about the upcoming football season and reminisce about Floyd Casey Stadium.
One of the Baylor greats on hand was Gale Galloway, who played in the very first game at Floyd Casey back in 1950.
“Back when it opened, it was one of the finest stadiums in the country,” said Galloway. “It was state-of-the-art. It’s amazing that it was built with only a $1.6 million. That money was raised in nine months.”
As Gale told the crowd stories from back in the day, he said though he has a special connection to the structure, he is ready for the new $260 million riverfront stadium on the Brazos which is currently 40% complete.
“I think it is phenomenal. They did a wonderful job. Drayton McLane and the people that worked on it and Athletic Director Ian McCaw. They all did a wonderful job. The architects, the contractors, everybody.”
And Galloway believes the new stadium is just what the city of Waco needs.
“I can see what’s going to happen on that riverfront. There should be a riverwalk all the way from the stadium back into town- like in San Antonio,” said Galloway. “It’s going to open Waco up to a lot of opportunities.”