Austin Peay waits to find out how deep sinkhole goes

Austin Peay Sinkhole 1

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A sinkhole that opened in the end zone of Austin Peay University’s Governors Stadium is still growing.

Austin Peay Sinkhole 2
A sinkhole that opened in the end zone of Austin Peay University’s Governors Stadium is still growing.

University spokesman Bill Persinger told News 2 the hole was discovered by workers as they were digging to install underground utilities. He said it started as a rather small sink in the ground of about 10 feet.

“As they began to dig, it opened up more and that’s where we are today”, said Persinger.

“It’s about 40 feet deep and it looks like it’s going deeper today”, he said.

Governor’s Stadium is undergoing a major renovation that began at the final horn of the last home game. Persinger said they’re confident the construction didn’t trigger the sinkhole to open.

“It wasn’t a sudden collapse, but in the scale, it’s comparable to the Corvette Museum”, Persinger said. The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green lost 8 classic cars when a sinkhole opened in February. Contractors are still working to repair that hole.

Persinger said the sinkhole will not affect the opening of the upcoming football season which kicks off September 13th.
He said the school added a line to the budget for “surprises” such as the sinkhole.

Once engineers and contractors reach the bottom of the hole, they’ll know how much it will cost.

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