PUBLIC INVITED TO RIBBON CUTTING FOR UT MARTIN ACADEMIC CLASSROOMS/FOOTBALL PRESS BOX SEPT. 17
MARTIN, Tenn. — A grand-opening ceremony and ribbon cutting for the new academic classroom space and football press box facility at the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Hardy M. Graham Stadium is set for 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, inside the new building. Refreshments will follow until 12:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
The new four-story structure provides a major upgrade to Graham Stadium and a significant addition to the university’s skyline. The ground level will house a renovated visiting team locker room, referee locker room, concession stand and other game-management space. A lobby area and elevator access are also located on this level.
The second level will provide academic space for the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences and also serve as an academic support area.
The third floor houses the club level, which will provide a unique perspective of the game in a climate-controlled space. This level also includes the Chancellor’s Box for entertaining game-day guests.
The top floor houses a state-of-the-art facility for media, coaching staffs and game-management officials. The working media area will seat up to 25, which more than doubles the former press box’s capacity.
Kickoff for the UT Martin and Bacone College football game will follow at 2 p.m., which is the opening home contest for the Skyhawks in the 2016 season. Bacone College is a member of the Central States Football League and is located in Muskogee, Okla.
The stadium project was completed by Allen Searcy Builder-Contractor, Inc., of Union City.