Titans' official: LP Field sustained only 'minor' damage

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 3:36pm

LP Field, the home of the Tennessee Titans, has just “minor” damage from the Cumberland River, which overflowed its banks on Monday, according to a franchise official.

Overhead views of the downtown riverfront area included some that showed the playing surface at the stadium, which is located on the east bank of the river, covered by enough water that items floated on it.

“With the water now receding we were able to do a preliminary assessment at LP Field (Tuesday) morning and are able to report that at this point the damage appears to be minor,” senior executive vice president Steve Underwood said in a statement released by the team. “There was about two inches of ground-water in the majority of the service level spaces, but most of the water was diverted to the playing surface.

“Our staff and Metro employees and government who worked tirelessly together deserve our thanks.”

Underwood added that repairs would begin as soon as possible and that all costs would be covered by insurance. None of the financial burden would fall to local government.

Also, the deadline for season ticket holders to renew has postponed. The deadline was Monday, but with no power at the team’s ticket office, it was impossible to process any last-minute requests.

No firm deadline for renewals has been set.

“We have pushed back the deadline and will be communicating with our season ticket holders when the power is restored,” Underwood said.

The Titans’ MetroCenter training facility fared even better than their stadium, despite concerns about the nearby levee.

“Baptist Sports Park, our practice facility, has not had any damage to this point,” Underwood said. “In the big picture, we have been relatively unscathed compared to the thousands who have lost so much.”