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Graham Stadium

Hardy M. Graham Stadium
Location 309 University Street
Martin, Tennessee 38238
Coordinates
Owner University of Tennessee at Martin
Operator University of Tennessee at Martin
Capacity 7,500
Surface FieldTurf
Construction
Broke ground October 12, 1963[1]
Opened September 26, 1964
Construction cost $350,000
($2.66 million in 2016 dollars[2])
Tenants
University of Tennessee at Martin Skyhawks (NCAA) (1964–present)

Hardy M. Graham Stadium is an 7,500-seat multi-purpose stadium in Martin, Tennessee.[3] It is home to the University of Tennessee at Martin Skyhawks football team. The facility opened in 1964.

Contents

  • Namesake of the stadium 1
  • Facility 2
  • Renovations 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Namesake of the stadium

The stadium is named in honor of Hardy M. Graham, a long-time supporter on UT Martin, who has contributed over $1 million to the university. The naming of the stadium took place on July 19, 2001.[4][5]

Facility

The stadium's capacity is 7,500. Of those, nearly 1,900 of the seats are chairback. Berms located on the south end zone give the stadium a "bowled look.

The stadium's press box consists of two levels. The first accommodates working media and coaches. The second level houses the public address announcer, scoreboard operator, coaches, filming deck and the Chancellor's box, which seats 25 guests.

The playing surface is Field Turf which was installed prior to the 2008 season.

Renovations

The State of Tennessee provided funding to construct an ROTC facility on the east side of the stadium. With the assistance of private and public funding, the chairback seating was added. Improvements also included complete restroom and concession facilities on the east side of the stadium, improved west side seating and press box additions.[5]

The stadium will undergo a $5.5 million renovation project that will replace its entire west side with new bleacher seating and a four-story building featuring a club level, academic support level, and press box that will total approximately 21,000 square feet. The building will stretch 50 yards—from 25-yard line to 25-yard line. The project was spearheaded by Fleming Associates out of Memphis and was approved at a Board of Trustees meeting on June 20.[6]

As reported in October 2014 the start of the project has been delayed for the second year in a row. Work was originally planned to begin in December 2014 and was to be completed in time for the 2015 season. The new timeline has work beginning after the 2015 season and will be complete in time for the 2016 season. [7] [8]

A University of Tennessee Capital Projects Report was published on 8/27/13 showing the Graham Stadium press box improvements coming in at $6.5 million.[9]

References

  1. ^ "Then and Now: Plans Set for Football Stadium".  
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ World Stadiums - Stadiums in the United States: Tennessee
  4. ^ http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/pdfs/Buildings_002.doc
  5. ^ a b UTM Sports
  6. ^ UT Martin vs Central Arkansas Game Notes 2013
  7. ^ http://www.utmsports.com/fullstory.cfm?id=6841
  8. ^ http://www.jacksonsun.com/story/sports/college/football/2014/10/01/college-football-utm-stadium-renovation-pushed-back/16566103/
  9. ^ University of Tennessee Capital Projects Report - Aug 27 2013

External links

  • Graham Stadium from UTM Sports
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