Construction crews in Tennessee are trying to save a college stadium from being sucked into the core of the Earth by a giant sinkhole.
Austin Peay State University’s Governors Stadium has a 40-foot wide sinkhole that recently started forming on one side of the football field. It originally started as a small 3-foot by 5-foot wide hole but crews had to dig it out in order to find places with more stable bedrock so they could build back over it. Luckily, they caught it in time before it grew any larger and threatened the rest of the stadium. However, the sinkhole couldn’t have come at a worse time because they are rebuilding part of the stadium’s main building and that project will have to go on hold to prevent their entire stadium from being swallowed up by the Earth. Crews also found several sinkholes starting to form in the stadium’s parking lot but those should be fixed very soon.
Austin Peay State may not realize it but they have been given a golden opportunity with this sinkhole. This could improve college football and college in general in so many ways. Having a giant 40-hole in the middle of your opponent’s end-zone would not only boost the team’s chances of winning but it would also make the game way more exciting. The school could also save a ton of money by not having to fix the massive sinkhole and they could pass those savings on their students, which means they won’t have to take out another loan to pay for their tuition. Less debt and more money in the public’s pocket is good for the economy, so this could also pull us out of this nasty recession we can’t seem to shake.