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TSU Interim President Wants 2 Games To Be Played At The Hole

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by Marcus Washington

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -  Tennessee State University is about to celebrate 100 years. The interim president wants to go back to the basics and return back to campus during the 2012 football season.

For more than 40 years W.J. Hale Stadium, also known as the Hole, is where games at TSU were played to action packed excitement.

TSU's Associate Vice President Ron Brooks explained the joy of the "Hole".

"The hole is where all our football traditions and football past reside. This is a big part of history for Tennessee State University," said Brooks.

If you look around campus today, that tradition that once filled the stadium is gone.

Now it sits empty as TSU's home games are played at LP Field after the school signed a lease to do so more than a decade ago.

"If you've been on our campus you know number one, it's an eyesore. It's a lot of history there, but it's an eyesore," said interim president Portia Shields.

On Monday morning, Dr. Shields went before the Board of Directors of Metro's Sport Authority.

"I am coming to you to request that we are allowed to play two games at Hale Stadium, known as the hole," said Shields.

Video provided by Metro3 Television showed Dr. Shields trying to move tradition back to TSU's campus.

A lease forces the school to hold all games at LP Field, but during the 2012 football season, the Hole is where many alumni want to be. The Metro Sports Authority could help this become reality.

"When they come back, you know people a long time ago, they like to see it the way it was then," said Shields. "Well, it doesn't look the way it was hen. It looks terrible."

To renovate the Hale Stadium or the Hole, it is set to cost $1 million and that will just cover a new scoreboard, sound system, adding new restrooms and a few other adjustments.

A total renovation is said to cost at least $27 million and would also call for adding 4,000 additional seats and a new press box.

TSU is requesting to hold two of the season games on campus at Hale Stadium.

This does not include Homecoming, which is set to generate 50,000 fans. That game will be held at LP Field.

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