Governors Stadium, home to the Austin Peay State University (APSU) The Governors, underwent a ceremonial demolition after the college’s final game of this season and is now under way with its renovation. The new version of the stadium, built in 1946, is designed to support the recruitment of athletes and to gather revenue from VIP facilities.
APSU President Tim Hall’s made a new stadium a priority soon after his arrival in 2007 and began an administrative push to secure funds through budgeting and fundraising efforts. The project, approved in August 2012, will cost $16 million and is scheduled for completion at the start of the 2014 football season.
When renovated, Governors Stadium (main west side) will have four levels, with most of the offices and dressing rooms, as well as a training room, on the first floor. On the second floor, there will be meeting rooms and an additional weight room.
Fans on levels 3 and 4 will find the amenities of club seating and skyboxes – new features to the stadium. The skyboxes are tiered stadium-type seating with up to 22 seats per viewing room. In addition, each skybox has a bar with locations for bar stools, tables and chairs to seat four to six people. They will have sliding glass at the front of the viewing rooms, a push button to control a public address speaker and two television monitors.
The 8,000-square-foot Club Level will seat 386, will be partially covered and is designed to offer catered meals on football game days. The bulk of the new facility’s seating will span across the first and second levels, where reserved seats, a student section and general admission seating will be located.
The south end of the stadium will feature a large concourse area for corporate displays and product placement at select games. There will be space for future expansion, such as a strength and conditioning centre and additional locker rooms.
The east side of the stadium’s original structure will remain but undergo restroom renovations and resurfacing of the facade.
Funding will include $8 million in institutional funds and existing debt service fees, $5.5 million in debt financing through Tennessee school bonds that will be repaid through skybox rentals and $2.5 million in private contributions.