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TSU Brings Victory Back To "The Hole"

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.---Tennessee State University's football team had true home-field advantage Saturday against Austin Peay State University. For the first time since 1998, the game was played at Hale Stadium or, "The Hole," as it's more commonly referred to.

Tennessee State University's official homecoming celebration isn't supposed to start for another week, but it came early for alumni returning to "The Hole."

"It feels fantastic to be back. There's no place like home," former TSU running back Fred Lane said. "Back in ‘The Hole' is home for me and a lot of other players."

Alumni, current students and fans watched as the band marched down the hill to the stadium. It was a nostalgic moment that rekindled the pride students remember feeling for their University, and the closeness they felt to their classmates.

"Yeah we're back, we're back, we're back in ‘The Hole,'" one alum exclaimed while she cheered and formed the letters T-S-U with her hands.

"We worked hard, very hard. And we played hard, very hard," Lane added. "And we won a lot, a whole lot."

More than 14,000 fans filled the stands to watch TSU beat APSU 34 to 14. Current students may not fully realize that they too are now a part of TSU history.

"It feels really good, a Freshman said. "It's my first home game so I'm really excited."

They're part of a long standing tradition, some students say they hope will continue.

"I hope every season is played here now," Junior Dezmond Perry said. "I'm not sure how that's going to happen but it would be really good if every season was played here at The Hole."

TSU will continue to play its home games at LP Field. This season two more games are scheduled to be played at  Hale Stadium on October 6th and 27th.


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