JSU rallies support to build new football stadium

Jackson State University executives are still pushing hard for a new football stadium. At Tuesday’s Jackson City Council meeting, an item on the agenda dealt with the proposed new JSU Stadium. Mississippi lawmakers approved a quarter of a million dollars to study the possibility of building the new stadium last year. The current site of Veterans Memorial Stadium has been in use since the 1970s. “It’s for the city. Our mayor is here. We’re not paying him. I’m letting you know. A lot of money for this city and we want it.” recover some of it,” JSU head soccer coach Deion Sanders said of the idea for a new stadium. study, and we should release it in the next month or so,” said JSU Vice President and Director of Athletics Ashley Robinson. Robinson said the study, which is nearing completion, will involve a plan for building “We want to say three to five years, and we should be able to get there,” Robinson said, which would be a quick turnaround, not to mention a hefty $80 million price tag. This was the original price, but construction costs increased during the p andemia. “We’re looking at suites for our alumni. We’re looking at locker rooms, parking, tailgating for our almuni, and VIP areas to support Jackson’s needs,” Robinson said. State lawmakers typically decide on spending plans for a legislative session in April.

Jackson State University executives are still pushing hard for a new football stadium.

At the Jackson City Council meeting on Tuesday, an item on the agenda dealt with the new JSU stadium proposal.

“The legislature is halfway through the session and we haven’t heard anything concrete,” Councilor Kenneth Stokes said.

Mississippi lawmakers approved a quarter of a million dollars to study the possibility of building the new stadium last year. The current site of Veterans Memorial Stadium has been in use since the 1970s.

“It’s for the city. Our mayor is here. We’re not paying him. I’m letting you know. It’s going to be free because we’ve made a lot of money for this city and we want some of it back,” he said. he added. said JSU head football coach Deion Sanders.

Sanders pumped up the crowd on Tuesday at JSU Day at the State Capitol, as university leaders continue to work behind the scenes to garner state support for the idea of ​​a new stadium.

“President (Thomas) Hudson and I are working very closely to complete this study, and we expect to release it in the next month or so,” said JSU Vice President and Director of Athletics Ashley Robinson. .

Robinson said the study, which is nearing completion, will involve a plan to build a football stadium on campus.

“We want to say three to five years, and we should be able to get there,” Robinson said.

Which would be a quick turnaround, not to mention a hefty $80 million price tag. That was the original price, but construction costs have increased during the pandemic.

“We are considering suites for our alumni. We are considering locker rooms, parking, tailgating for our alumni and VIP areas to accommodate Jackson’s needs,” Robinson said.

State legislators typically decide on spending plans for a legislative session in April.

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