Titans fans have a hole to hide in

Monday, July 5, 2010 at 11:45pm

When the Titans got off to their woeful start last season, many of the faithful wished they could hide in a hole in the ground. If the Boys in Blue start as dismally this year, the fans won’t have to walk far.

A 30-foot-wide, 6-foot-deep sinkhole opened up last week in one of the parking lots at LP Field, a gaping reminder that the flood is still with us even if the waters have receded.

Sinkholes are always going to be a problem in these parts, due to something geologists called “Karst topography.” Layers of limestone form our bedrock, as anyone who has ever tried to sink a shovel or plow a line can attest. Karst leads to caves and aquifers. And heavy rain or years of erosion can expose vast sinkholes.

Those mouths of the ground have opened up with alarming frequency in the two months since the rains came. For example, one appeared, dramatically, on Interstate 24 just days before the hordes poured in for Bonnaroo.

LP Hole may prove to be expensive. The Titans had already contracted for $3 million in flood repairs before the parking lot gave way, and insurance likely won’t cover this latest development.

Maybe developer Alex Palmer can plan another skyscraper like the one that wrought West End’s still-unfilled big hole. How about an underground inner-tube ride for the planned Riverfront water park? Chris Johnson could hole up while holding out for a new contract — he does always claim to be homeless, after all.

If the money’s right, perhaps the sinkhole could play cornerback opposite Cortland Finnegan. No way the Texans’ Andre Johnson gets past that thing.

Meantime, with LP Field’s facility folks scratching their heads, the east bank stadium will host a watch party for Sunday’s World Cup final brought to you by the Nashville Convention and Visitors’ Bureau. Things kick off at 12:30 p.m., and the first 1,000 visitors get a free Sounds ticket. The game will be broadcast on the stadium JumboTrons, and the whole thing is free.

Nashville is, of course, trying to make the final cut to host World Cup games, should the U.S. win hosting rights for 2018 or 2022, so the CVB’s intentions aren’t completely altruistic. And if your team falls behind early Saturday, there’s a great place to hide.

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