Tennessee State headed back to Hale Stadium for one game in 2013

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 10:23pm

Football will be played on the Tennessee State campus for the second straight year.

But it will be a one-time occurrence.

The Tigers will play one of their five 2013 “home” games at Hale Stadium. TSU hosts Ohio Valley Conference foe Austin Peay on Nov. 9 at the 60-year-old venue.

The four other home games on the schedule will be played across the Cumberland River at LP Field — TSU’s home football stadium since moving off campus in 1999.

The Tigers returned to Hale Stadium after a 13-year absence for three games last year as part of the school’s centennial celebration.

“Here at TSU, we have a very rich tradition,” athletics director Teresa Phillips said. “Having games back at Hale last year was great for the fans, alumni and players. We look to continue the tradition and make more memories at Hale.”

TSU has found itself right at home in Hale, affectionately called “The Hole.” The Tigers are 137-27-5 at Hale Stadium, including 3-0 in 2012.

TSU defeated Austin Peay 34-14 last September in the first game back at Hale since Nov. 21, 1998. The game drew a crowd of 14,264, which is the 21st largest crowd in the history of the stadium.

In the three games at Hale last year, the average attendance was 11,838. In two games at LP Field last fall — the John Merritt Classic and Homecoming — an average of 23,708 showed up.

TSU is 9-6 all-time against Austin Peay but the win last year snapped a three-game losing streak against the Govs.

“The fact that it is Austin Peay is exciting,” Phillips said. “We were very happy with the turnout last year in the Hole, especially against Austin Peay. Hopefully the fans come again this year to see another great game.”

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