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Govs Stadium to be community venue

           CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On Monday afternoon, crews with Bell Construction put the finishing touches on the new, Governors Stadium at Austin Peay State University. Yellow asphalt rollers smoothed out the front entrance and parking lot while workers secured railings to stairwells and swept up loose clumps of dirt. Everything was being checked and cleaned for the $19 million facility’s grand opening at 10 a.m., this Saturday, Sept. 13.

           CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On Monday afternoon, crews with Bell Construction put the finishing touches on the new, Governors Stadium at Austin Peay State University. Yellow asphalt rollers smoothed out the front entrance and parking lot while workers secured railings to stairwells and swept up loose clumps of dirt. Everything was being checked and cleaned for the $19 million facility’s grand opening at 10 a.m., this Saturday, Sept. 13.

            “As an Austin Peay football fan, I can’t wait for Saturday,” APSU President Alisa White said. “But I’m also excited about presenting this new facility to the community because it’s really their stadium. In the coming years, Clarksville residents will form lasting memories here, either cheering on the Govs at football games or attending wedding receptions and community events inside this great venue.”

            The new Governors Stadium features an 8,000-square-foot club level section that will offer catered meals on game days. It also will serve as an events space for the local community, providing individuals with a large room with impressive views of the football field and the APSU campus.

            In addition to the club level, student section and general admissions seating, the new stadium has 13 skyboxes, each equipped with a bar, a glass window at the front of the viewing room, a push button to control a public address speaker and two televisions. All 13 boxes were sold within a few weeks.

            The public is invited to Saturday’s ribbon cutting ceremony to get an early look at the stadium and some of its amenities, including the Blake Jenkins Pavilion, the Hendricks Fox Walk of Fame, the Heritage Bank Lobby, the John and Trish Foy Presidential Suite and the Coach Bill Dupes Locker Room.

            Fans are encouraged to stick around campus and mingle from 2-4 p.m. in Tailgate Alley, on the west side of the stadium, and then head back into the facility to watch the Governors take on the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, at 4 p.m.

            For more information, please contact Nikki Loos Peterson, director of Alumni Relations, at petersonn@apsu.edu or 931-221-7291.