JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - As the Red Wolves take to the field for their third round of padded pre-season practice, along with their hard work comes a historic year for Arkansas State.
"This will be the first. It's brand new. It's shiny. It's all polished," said Athletic Director Dean Lee.
But to get ready for the first home game of the inaugural season asu is leaving behind a legacy of 80 years as the Indian name is coming down.
In fact on monday, scaffolding stood tall in front of the press box, where the words Indian Stadium have now been changed to home of Red Wolves football.
"We are watching it day by day as the new signs go up. So it's a lot of fun, and very exciting for us and for our student athletes," said Lee.
But with all of the change, there will still be some Indian spirit left over, at least until it can be phased out.
Along the aisles of the stands the Indian logos will likely remain as the school works to get the major signage changed out for the official start of the season.
"We've celebrated the Indian mascot for 77 years, and we have put that logo up all over the place," said Lee.
But as the logo comes down from many highly visible areas, the winds of change are blowing, or should we say howling a new chant.
Again, while small logos may have to be phased out over the next few months, it is expected that the major signage changes will be completed for the first home game.
The next big face change will come this Wednesday as a crane removes the big Indian headress from the back side of the press box.
Stay with Region 8 News and Sports for the latest on the Red Wolves as they march closer to their first home game.