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TTU Football Ends, The Remodeling Of Tucker Stadium Begins

/ The Upper Cumberland's News Leader
TTU Football Ends, The Remodeling Of Tucker Stadium Begins

With Tech’s home football season over, do not expect to see immediate work begin on the remodeling of Tucker Stadium.

The entire west end of Tucker Stadium is going to be demolished and replaced with a new grandstand. Construction may not be noticeable for awhile. But Athletic Director Mark Wilson said progress will start inside the bowels of the stadium.

“There’s so much work to do inside the building to prepare for the actually demolition of the building,” Wilson said. “There is whole video rooms that need to be disassembled and moved that we use for the video board operation for our television broadcasting on ESPN Plus.”

The west end of the stadium will not be finished by the beginning of the 2024 season. Wilson said much of the work inside the facility involves dealing with substances used to build the facility.

“There’s asbestos abatement, lead abatement, there’s so many things that need to be done and we have to move out of that facility,” Wilson said. “At some point in time, they’ll begin to see it actually come down and come to the ground and then seeing it be rebuilt.”

Wilson said the Golden Eagles will still have home games next season, even if they have to play in half a stadium.

“We are going to play at home,” Wilson said. “We have elected that we are not taking our games elsewhere. We’re going to play with a one-sided stadium for our fans. How we’re actually going to do that logistically and run everything we are still working through but we’ve time to do that, and I promise you we’ve got the skill sets on our campus to be able to figure that out. We do want to give the Golden Eagles home field advantage and not have them have all games on the road or at neutral sites while construction goes on.”

Wilson said there is no timeline on when construction will finish up. Tennessee Tech wrapped up its final home game in this iteration of Tucker Stadium on Saturday in a loss to Gardner-Webb.


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