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Huge sinkhole opens in college football stadium

Huge Sinkhole Opens In College Football Stadium


A sinkhole has opened beneath a college football stadium. And WSMV photographer notes that it's massive.



The hole, located in Austin Peay State University's Governors Stadium, reportedly started out small -- a 3-by-5-foot gap.

Then, ABC reports, "Workers had to make it bigger, extending it to 40-by-40 feet as they search for stable bedrock."

WTVF reports crews discovered the hole in the end zone about a month ago.

"We're not going to skip any steps. That's the reason I brought the engineers back out -- because it's not going the way we thought it was going to."

That said, the university claims sinkholes are expected and that construction to replace the main stadium building is still on track.

WSMV reports, "Austin P campus sits on land called 'karst.' That means the campus has a limestone base underneath it. Limestone is porous and disintegrates from rain over the centuries, which is what creates sinkholes.


The project's superintendent told The Leaf Chronicle, "We actually put a line item in the budget for sinkhole remediation." And even a pit this size "shouldn't affect the budget or schedule."

The crew plans to patch up a few smaller sinkholes in the parking lot as well. No injuries have been reported.

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amikebec May 20 2014 at 6:11 PM

Now if we can just fix the sink hole that's known as Washington DC.... :-\

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laclone May 20 2014 at 6:36 PM

Hey Newsy!
If you're going to do News Stories, don't forget Journalism 101 rules!
Under the "Who/What/Where" rule of reporting, the "Where" part of it means that you explain the location!

From this report, I've no idea where "Austin Peay University" is!
Florida?, Maine?, Pakistan?, Abu Dhabi?, Terra Del Fuego?, Ohio?...!

Get your Amateur Journalistic Shite together!

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dwtomczyk May 20 2014 at 5:34 PM

did they find jimmy hoffa?

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cchaplik dwtomczyk May 20 2014 at 6:15 PM

LOL, that's the first thing I thought too!

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Joy cchaplik May 20 2014 at 8:42 PM

More likely under or around the Pontiac Silverdome, it was built the same year as his disappearance and is within 10 miles of where he disappeared.

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JohnnYuma cchaplik May 21 2014 at 10:16 PM

Same here!!...lol

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cassac103 dwtomczyk May 20 2014 at 6:57 PM

he's buried in new york

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akparadise2000 May 20 2014 at 7:45 PM

Luv the Humor lmao. On a serious note, I'm not a scientist but have been wondering if our over pumping of the underground resourses might not have something to do with all the recent sink hole problems across the country. Just imaging how much water is being pumped from the ground let alone oil, gas, etc., leaving vast caverns.??? Food for thought!

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fjkur113 May 21 2014 at 3:59 AM

I heard they found obama's birth certificate

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TR by ML Neal... fjkur113 May 22 2014 at 1:23 AM

fjkur113....that one been used for the last 6 years, find new material.

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fred May 20 2014 at 7:13 PM

Never had stuff like this 'til Phony Al came along with his global cooling/warming/climate change/(fill in the blank with the latest buzzword the nuts use)..........)

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mad_dawg_1 May 21 2014 at 10:02 AM

It seems like this whole world is turning into a big sink hole.

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MARTHA & PERRY May 20 2014 at 6:28 PM

been hearing about sinkholes a lot lately. I think they are caused by the massive underground maglev system the govt. has built under the country for the oligarchy to use.

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walt MARTHA & PERRY May 20 2014 at 8:43 PM

most likely all the mining we do

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cempiremtn walt May 21 2014 at 8:44 AM

Proof of that please.

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siouxmurphy walt May 21 2014 at 11:33 AM

@ cempiremtn. Proof of that please? Ok then. Proof that it's not please..........

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HWOODTX61 May 20 2014 at 7:14 PM

Thought it might Jimmy Hoffa...

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gcbears May 20 2014 at 6:41 PM

gee. I thought they found Jimmy Hoffa. Oh Well

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