Chesney Helping to Raise Funds for New ETSU Football Stadium

posted March 18th, 2015 at 9:57 pm

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by Josh

Kenny Chesney, one of East Tennessee State University’s most notable alumni, is helping raise funds for a new stadium as the school relaunches their football program:

At a conference in front of fans and the entire ETSU football team, the school athletic department announced plans for the new facility.

According to ETSU, the stadium will cost more than $26 million. And while the school has reached a major milestone, they still have a long way to go to raise that money.

“We are more than halfway towards that level, we are on a time frame in which we’re able to break ground in November, December, so in order to break ground, according to state policy, we must have funds in place for Phase One,” said ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland.

Noland said the majority of the funds already raised have come from a new student fee that supports football. But with approximately $13 million left to raise, university officials are going to be more aggressive than ever.

“We’re going to be out and talk to anybody we welcome anybody to be a part of this and we’re not going to stop until it’s done, we’ve got to see it through,” said Scott Carter, Senior Associate Athletic Director and former ETSU football player.

That includes bringing in the big guns, country superstar Kenny Chesney, and former Volunteer Head Football Coach Phil Fulmer.

Kenny Chesney, arguably ETSU’s most famous alumnus, agreed to co-chair the fundraising committee and said in part, “I couldn’t be more excited that college football is returning to Johnson City and upper East Tennessee… I’m honored and thrilled to be a part of that in a small way and can’t wait for kickoff.”

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