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APSU to honor legends of Governors Stadium during Nov. 16 game


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Do you remember how the crowd cheered that night in Governors Stadium, around 1969, when the Marching Governors and Governettes first performed “Smash Bang,” the Austin Peay State University fight song? Or what about the game a year later, when the Govs football team defeated Murray State 45-7 at Homecoming? The old, whitewashed stadium shook from the 5,400 spectators stomping their feet.

For the last 67 years, Governors Stadium has helped create warm, lasting memories for the hundreds of people who spent time on the field. On Nov. 16, during the last Governors home football game of the season, APSU will pay tribute to those memories with a special event, “Honoring the Legends of Governors Stadium.”

All former football players, members of the marching band, cheerleaders, twirlers and Governettes are invited to come reminisce and be honored at the old facility. Those who RSVP by Nov. 11 by contacting the APSU Alumni Relations Office at 931-221-1277 or, will receive complimentary tickets to the 1 p.m. game against Southeast Missouri State University. They will also take part in a special recognition ceremony at half time.

“We are honored to recognize these individuals in the stadium many consider home,” Nikki Peterson, director of alumni relations, said. “We consider them family, and we’re excited to have them here as we begin moving into an exciting new era of Governors Athletics.”

Immediately following the game, honorees and fans are invited to stay for the Governors Stadium Closing Ceremony. A post-game reception also will take place at Edwards Steakhouse on Franklin Street.

For more information on the “Honoring the Legends of Governors Stadium” event, contact the APSU Alumni Relations Office at