Local

APSU celebrates history of Governors Stadium

APSU celebrates history of Governors Stadium

The APSU community celebrated the start of the historic construction project with a demolition ceremony right after the game. Photo: Clarksville Now/Philip Sparn

Philip Sparn | ClarksvilleNow.com
psparn@ClarksvilleNow.com

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay football team played their last game in the current configuration of Governors Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Govs lost a heartbreaker to Southeast Missouri, 36-34, in the final minutes of the game but the highlight of the day was honoring the “Legends of Governor’s Stadium.”

Legends-GovsStadium-PhilipSparn11

Football alumni from the 1940s to the present were recognized throughout the day to honor the history of the Austin Peay football program and to kick off the stadium-rebuilding.

APSU football alumni were honored for their time playing in the current Governors Stadium at a pre-game breakfast, during halftime ceremonies and after the game.

Legends-GovsStadium-PhilipSparn17

“In order to tear down Governors Stadium and start building the APSU football program, we have to honor the past,” said APSU Athletic Director Derek van de Merwe. “I want to build a football program that’s built on the success of the past and the people that made this program great.”

The APSU community celebrated the start of the historic construction project with a demolition ceremony right after the game.

Legends-GovsStadium-PhilipSparn24

APSU football alumni and many others spoke about their experiences at Governors Stadium right before they took a sledge hammer to the wall of the stadium.

Legends-GovsStadium-PhilipSparn22

The ceremony was the start of a major rebuilding project for the stadium that officially begins next week.

The home side of the 67-year-old stadium will be completely torn down and rebuilt along with other expansions to the facilities before the Govs football season starts next year.

DSC_0351

Photos by Philip Sparn | ClarksvilleNow.com

Photos by Philip Sparn | ClarksvilleNow.com

Recent Headlines

car-fire

today in News

Car catches fire near gas station

Car fire was reported Friday night near a gas station on Trenton Rd.

same-sex-marriage

today in News

US to recognize same-sex marriage in 6 new states

States are: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.

LP Field Titans Cardinals

today in Military, News, Sports

Titans collecting cellphones for soldiers

The group Cell Phone for Soldiers will be collecting wireless phones Sunday at LP Field.