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40-Foot Sinkhole Opens Up At APSU Football Stadium

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40-Foot Sinkhole Opens Up At APSU Football Stadium

CREATED May 20, 2014

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A 40-foot sinkhole has opened up on the football field at Austin Peay State University.

It all started a couple of weeks ago when a small sinkhole first appeared. Officials said it was about the size of a desk. Crews started work to stop the hole from growing, but it wouldn’t stop.

By Monday, the sinkhole was estimated to be 30 by 50 feet wide -- and 40 feet deep.

So far, it has swallowed part of the field and track of Governors Stadium. The stadium is currently undergoing renovations.

“We're not going to skip any steps. That's the reason I brought the engineers back out because it's not going the way we thought it was going ,so it's time to let the professionals look at it and tell us which way to go. Once they do that we can just continue the process,” said project superintendent Mike Jenkins.

University spokesman Bill Persinger said this may not that be big of setback considering how common sinkholes are on-campus. Others have been repurposed into areas students use.

"They're actually a main feature of our campus. The center of campus has what we call the bowls, which we've landscaped around as the sinkholes have been remediated years ago,” said Persinger.

Governors Stadium’s massive renovations are set to be completed in time for football season this fall.

The stadium, which seats 10,000 people, opened in 1946 and is home to the Austin Peay Governors football team and the Lady Govs track and field program.