Since adding former Tennessee Titan Eddie George as its head football coach in 2021, Tennessee State University Athletics has been trying to grow as much as possible. Recently, the Tigers are asking fans to fill out a survey regarding the possibility of adding artificial turf to Hale Stadium.
The purpose of the surgery is to gauge if fan attendance and participation would increase if TSU added artificial turf to its football stadium.
“In an attempt to make William J. Hale Stadium more versatile in the areas of competition, practice and other special events, the University is exploring artificial turf,” says the opening statement in the survey.
Hale Stadium is 69 years old and seats 10,000. The Tigers split their home season between Hale and Nissan Stadium after getting renovations in 2012.
In 2021, TSU finished its season 5-6 with a conference record of 3-3 in George’s first season as head coach.
This upcoming season, the Tigers will be making a trip up to South Bend to face independent powerhouse Notre Dame on Sept. 3 to kickoff their season. It is set to air on NBC for a national audience.
“TSU and Notre Dame are two iconic programs that have helped shape today’s college athletics landscape,” shares Dr. Mikki Allen, TSU Director of Athletics. “We are setting the foundation for long-term success under Coach George’s leadership. The goal is that TSU will be a destination program for the next generation of student-athletes to come.”
This will mark the first time in program history the Irish will face a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) when the Tigers make their trip to South Bend for the Irish’s 2023 home opener.