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UTC embraces plan for Finley Stadium

A management contract for Max Finley Stadium will be negotiated between The Stadium Corporation board and Chattanooga Lookouts and BellSouth Park owner Frank Burke. Finley Stadium’s Davenport Field has been the home field for the UTC football and soccer teams since 1997.

Dr. Frederick Obear, Interim Chancellor of UTC, has told Ryan Crimmins, Chairman of the Stadium Corporation, that the University supports the reported elements of the offer from Burke to operate and manage the Finley Stadium Complex for at least the next two years.

“One principle that The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has held constant—from the earliest conversations concerning a stadium facility in Chattanooga through the most recent and exciting developments—is the commitment to a shared facility for the University and the community,” said Obear. “In recent weeks as we here at UTC have considered the future of the Finley Stadium Davenport Field, we have sought to remain true to this vision. We also have sought a proposal that acknowledges to UTC a level of stewardship and involvement with the project; because we understand that the motivation of many donors to the stadium has been a love of the University and a desire to support its programs.”

Obear said that upon the recommendation of UTC Vice Chancellor for Business and Operations Richard Brown and in consultation with the University of Tennessee System administration, the University embraces and supports the reported elements of the presentation and offer from Burke.

“The proposal by Mr. Burke is a timely one and allows the University an opportunity to work collaboratively with him, the Stadium Corporation, and other entities within our partnership to animate the Stadium with entertainment events and other programming, while building and improving the University’s athletics programs,” said Obear.

April 1, 2005

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