Hale Stadium

Hale Stadium

stadium_name = Hale Stadium
nickname = The Hole

location = 3500 John Merritt Blvd.
Nashville, TN
opened = 1953
closed =
demolished =
owner = Tennessee State University
operator = Tennessee State University
surface = Natural grass
tenants = Tennessee State University Tigers (football) (1953-1998)
seating_capacity = 10,000

Hale Stadium is a 10,000-seat outdoor stadium located on the campus of Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. Built in 1953 and nicknamed "The Hole", the stadium hosted TSU Tigers football games until 1999, when home games were moved to LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans, after the facility fell into a state of disrepair.

The stadium hosted a second-round NCAA Division I-AA playoff game in 1982, with the Tigers defeating Eastern Illinois University 20-19 in front of a crowd of 8,000. [http://www.i-aa.org/section_front.asp?arttypeid=568]

During its years at Hale, TSU went undefeated ten times, won ten championships in the now-defunct Midwestern Conference and claimed the Ohio Valley Conference championship in 1998, its final season in the stadium.

The last football game at Hale Stadium was a 28-14 Tennessee State win over Texas Southern University on November 21, 1998. [http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/incomplete_data/game_by_game_current.php?teamid=3188&year=1998]

The facility was named for William J. Hale, who served as TSU's first president.

The stadium remains in use as the site of TSU's annual spring football game, as well as hosting Homecoming festivities. Although alumni and local politicians have pushed for a return of on-campus games, there have been no plans to upgrade the stadium.

External links

* [http://www.newschannel5.com/Global/story.asp?S=5603482 Article about possible return of games to campus.]

succession box
title = Home of the
Tennessee State Tigers
years = 1953 – 1998
before = Unknown
after = LP Field

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