Thousands In Nashville For TSU Centennial Homecoming
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Thousands of people are in Nashville to celebrate Tennessee State University's Centennial homecoming.
This year's celebration will include many of the traditional events, but will also feature new activities geared toward celebrating the 100-year anniversary.
On Friday, the homecoming pep rally was moved from Hale Stadium to the Gentry Center due to possible rain. A step show will be held there at 4 p.m.
In conjunction with the homecoming events, federal state and local officials will gather Friday at 3p.m. to celebrate the grand opening of the Gateway to Heritage Plaza, which celebrates the African-American history of north Nashville.
On Saturday, a parade to celebrate homecoming will be held at 9 a.m. from the Gentry Center and travel toward Albion Street where it will end. A showcase of bands will be held at 11 a.m. at Hale Stadium.
In May 2012, the school announced a change to the typical parade plan, saying that the parade would no longer travel down Jefferson Street due to security concerns. In 2011, two people were shot near the Wendy's restaurant on Jefferson Street during homecoming festivities.
Several road closures will occur during the hours of 8:30 a.m. until approximately 10:30 a.m. to accommodate the parade.
Closed roads include:
Walter S. Davis Boulevard between 40th Avenue North & Ed Temple Boulevard
Ed Temple Boulevard between Buchanan Street & the I-40 overpass.
Jefferson Street/John A. Merritt Boulevard between 26th Avenue North & 33rd Avenue North
33rd Avenue North Between John A. Merritt Boulevard & Albion Street
Albion Street between 32nd Avenue North & Clare Avenue
Clare Avenue between 37th and 39th Avenues North
39th Avenue North between Clare Avenue and Walter S. Davis Boulevard
W. Heiman Street between 26th Avenue North & Ed Temple Boulevard
Beasley Street between 26th Avenue North & Ed Temple Boulevard
Scovel Street between 26th Avenue North & Ed Temple Boulevard
Kickoff for the homecoming game between the TSU Tigers and Arkansas-Pine Bluff is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday at LP Field. Gates to the stadium open at 3:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive early.
For a full list of TSU Homecoming Events visit their webpage.