NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It's official, the Titans are back at LP Field. Thursday's pre-season game was their first at home since Christmas Eve of last year, and many changes awaited fans upon their arrival at the stadium.
The Titans made nearly $27 million in improvements to the stadium during the off-season. Some of those improvements include high definition scoreboards above each end zone, 12 elevators that take fans right to the upper decks, and a new sound system that fans are raving about.
"The jumbotron was beautiful; it was huge," said fan Karen Burrow. "We enjoyed the concert underneath by Phil Vasser. I thought it was great. Lots of improvements."
Those improvements were paid for by a ticket tax that equates to about $2.00 per seat.
As for the game, the first pick now becomes the first stringer. The Jake Locker Era officially kicked off Thursday night at LP Field as the Titans hosted the Cardinals in the all-important third preseason game.
Jake Locker threw for 134 yards and two touchdowns in his home debut as Tennessee's starting quarterback. Locker threw for 124 yards giving Tennessee a 17-10 halftime lead and finished 11 of 20 for 134 yards with a 109.2 passer rating. He got plenty of help as the Titans got another strong showing on defense.
End Kamerion Wimbley had two sacks; linebacker Colin McCarthy returned one of his two interceptions 31 yards for a TD and the Titans (2-1) forced five turnovers overall. Returner Marc Mariani broke his left leg.
The Cardinals struggled without left tackle Levi Brown, who tore his right triceps in Arizona's 31-27 win over Oakland last week. John Skelton, who started at quarterback for Arizona (1-2), lasted until early in the second quarter.
Starters on both sides remained in the game past halftime.
Arizona took the lead in the fourth quarter, but Jamie Harper got the lead back with a 16-yard run. The Titans won 32-27. They went into Thursday night's game with one win and one loss under their belts.
(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)
Tuesday, June 18 2013 8:33 PM EDT2013-06-19 00:33:57 GMT
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