Game Dates: 09/15/2012, 10/06/2012 and 10/27/2012
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Hale Stadium is a 10,000-seat outdoor
located on the campus of
Tennessee State University
. Built in 1953 and nicknamed "The Hole", the stadium hosted TSU Tigers football games until 1999, when home games were moved to what is now
, home of the
, after the facility fell into a state of disrepair. Allowing the Tigers to play their home games at the new venue was a requirement for the funding the new facility received from the State of Tennessee.
Hale Stadium hosted a second-round NCAA Division I-AA playoff game in 1982, with the Tigers defeating
Eastern Illinois University
20–19 in front of a crowd of 8,000.
During its years at Hale, TSU went undefeated ten times, won ten championships in the now-defunct Midwestern Conference and claimed the
Ohio Valley Conference
championship in 1998, its final season in the stadium.
The last official football game at Hale Stadium was a 28–14 Tennessee State win over
Texas Southern University
on November 21, 1998. However, the facility is still used for the annual Blue-White game held at the close of the Tigers' spring practice.
The facility was named for
William J. Hale
, who served as TSU's first president.
The stadium remains in use as the site of TSU's annual spring football game, as well as hosting Homecoming festivities other than the actual football game. Hale Stadium has being renovated and there were 3 games there in the fall of 2012, with plans of other games in the 2013 season.