CentenaryCollegeCelebrates Return of Football with New Facilities

Centenary College of Louisiana marks the return of college football after a 50-year hiatus with a new field house and practice field. The Gents will play six home games in Shreveport in the 2024 season, starting with a home opener against Hendrix College.

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CentenaryCollegeCelebrates Return of Football with New Facilities

CentenaryCollegeCelebrates Return of Football with New Facilities

Centenary College of Louisiana marked a significant milestone on Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new field house and football practice field in Shreveport. The event signals the return of college football to the institution after a 50-year hiatus.

"Here we are... Coincidentally, two and a half years ago to the day tomorrow we stood on this field and announced the return of college football at Centenary College," said Centenary President Christopher L. Holman at the ceremony. He touted the program's early success, noting, "An amazing coaching hire, 70 plus student athletes, $2 million in funds raised and 8-1 in a preliminary season. I believe we're proving skeptics wrong."

Head Coach Byron Dawson expressed excitement for the future, declaring,"Shreveport-Bossier, we have college football. We can't wait to represent you. We can't wait to make the 318 great. "He added,college, celebrates, cutting"Today we are transitioning from now we go, to now we grow."

Centenary first announced the return of its football program in 2021 after more than five decades without a team. The college has a rich gridiron history dating back to 1894, including a run until 1941 and a brief revival attempt in the 1960s. The new field house and practice field represent key investments in revitalizing the athletics department.

The Gents, as the Centenary team is known, will play six of their ten games in Shreveport when the 2024 season kicks off in September. The home opener is slated against Hendrix College. Athletic Director David Orr called the football revival"an amazing adventure."

The return of college football to Centenary marks a new chapter for the small liberal arts institution. With a roster of over 70 student-athletes, $2 million in funds raised, and early on-field success, the program has quickly built momentum. The 2024 season will provide the first opportunity for the Gents to take the field in front of a home crowd in 50 years when they face off against Hendrix in September.