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North Stadium demolished to create greenspace


Richard MacDougal and Dr. Bill Stacy watch
with alumni and friends of the University as
the wrecking ball hits North Stadium

 

A small group of alumni, students, administrators and friends of the University watched from the University Center Saturday morning, March 5 as the wrecking ball took its first swing at North Stadium. Demolition of the landmark by Dore and Associates Contractors of Bay City, Michigan, will allow more greenspace, included in plans for a university mall in the central area of campus.

“The demolition is representative of progress on campus, a sign we are moving forward,” said University spokesman Chuck Cantrell. “At the same time, it is a bittersweet moment in UTC history. I was a student at the game in 1983 when the Mocs played Tennessee State at Chamberlain Field, the UTC football game with the highest attendance record ever. Nothing will ever surpass the intimacy of football at Chamberlain Field, in the heart of campus.”

With the opening of Finley Stadium, the Chamberlain Field stands have not been used since 1997. "The stands really need to be taken down for safety reasons," Cantrell said. The stands on the north side of Chamberlain Field were constructed in 1908, and additional stands and dorm rooms were completed in 1948. The South Stadium building, used for classrooms, will remain standing and eventually could become an alumni center.

View the photo gallery of North Stadium demolition.

Hitting the bricks: David Cope, Development;
Terry Denniston, Alumni; Erik Gray, alumnus;
Shannon Smith, University Center

March 10, 2005

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