State Building Commission approves increased funding for football stadium
The state Building Commission approved Thursday, Feb. 14 to allow Austin Peay State University to spend additional funding of $900,000 for renovations to the Governors Stadium.
The additional funds were required to cover higher than expected construction costs and were provided by private gifts and a one-time plant fund investment, Mitch Robinson, vice president of finance and administration, said. The total expected cost of the project is revised to $16.9 million, he said.
The entire home side of the 66-year-old stadium is scheduled to be torn down at the end of the 2013 football season and replaced with a new structure that would include skyboxes and about 386 club-level seats. There also would be 5,000 regular seats. The new structure is expected to be open for the 2014 season. Additional renovations will be made to the visitors side. - Dr. Melony Shemberger