It is the end of an era for the Enterprise High School Wildcats.
Tonight was the last regular season game played at Bates Memorial Stadium.
News 4's Denise Bradberry joined the "cats" on the sidelines and has more from "The Hole".
Wildcats have called Bates Memorial Stadium or “The Hole” home for football since 1956.
It’s a place where many alumni learned their first life lessons.
“It was a great part of my life. I was taught a lot of disciple, gave us a lot of opportunity to be a part of a tradition that had been standing for a long time,” says 1991 football player, Allen Bryan.
It was a very unique season we had a good group of guys who loved to practice and be taught how to play,” says Kevin Maddox the quarterback for the 1979 State Championship team.
And it’s a place where young wildcats have dreams of one day putting on that uniform.
Some current students are keeping up the cheers to make it through the game without any tears.
“It’s kind of sad because we’re not going to be here and it’s not going to be the same next year,” says sophomore Shurie Greenwell.
No matter the connection to wildcat football one thing is for sure, the old Bates Memorial Stadium will surely be missed.
“There’s so much tradition and so many memories of Enterprise and this stadium. There’s a multitude of people who have come back tonight just to enjoy the camaraderie and the family atmosphere that we have here in Enterprise,” says Bryan.
“To go down in that hole tonight for the last time is going to be emotional but it’s time to move on and the new generation will make their new memories over at the new Wildcat Stadium,” says Maddox.