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Blue Raider Stadium becoming Parnell Family Stadium

By Christopher Coombs

Top-ranked Lindsey Wilson football hosts fourth-ranked Keiser (FL) on Saturday in a top-five battle. But football is just part of the attraction on Saturday.

After just over 11 seasons, Blue Raider Stadium will be renamed the Parnell Family Stadium. In addition to the renaming, Lindsey Wilson athletics is excited to bring back an annual tradition with Military Appreciation Day.

The renaming honors Drs. Allan and Bunny Parnell and family for their continued support of Lindsey Wilson College and its mission. The ceremony is scheduled to take place at halftime of Saturday's game.

Allan Parnell is a long-time member of the Lindsey Wilson College Board of Trustees, including serving as the chairman since 2011. Allan and Bunny Parnell each received honorary doctor degrees in 2012 and 2019, respectively -- which is Lindsey Wilson's highest honor. The Parnell family's contributions have served Lindsey Wilson College and its students for more than three decades.

After a one-year hiatus due to COVID protocols during football season last spring, Military Appreciation Day is back this fall.

Veterans and active military and their immediate families will be admitted for free to the game with their military identification.

"We are incredibly excited about all the festivities that will take place on Saturday," Lindsey Wilson athletics director Willis Pooler said. "Not only are we renaming our stadium after a beautiful family that loves our college, but we are excited to honor the veterans and our active military that has done so much for our country with free admission to our game."

Lindsey Wilson and Keiser enter Saturday's game off convincing season-opening wins last week. The two teams met last season in the NAIA Football Championship Series National Semifinals -- a 38-14 Lindsey Wilson win.

Kickoff is slated for 1:30pmCT.

This story was posted on 2021-09-09 13:56:37
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