News

Sinkhole swallows football field at Tennessee university

Sinkhole swallows football field at Tennessee university

SINKHOLE:The football field is undergoing a $19-million facelift. Photo: YouTube

By Tim Ghianni

(Reuters) – Engineers were working Tuesday to close a yawning sinkhole that gobbled up a part of the end zone of a Tennessee university’s football stadium.

The 40-foot-wide and 40-foot-deep chasm appeared at the Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, as a construction crew on Monday tried to fill in a much smaller hole that was discovered during a $19 million facelift of the stadium.

“As they began digging, it became bigger and bigger and bigger,” said Bill Persinger, spokesman for the 10,000-student university, located about 50 miles northwest of Nashville.

Persinger said the construction company and engineers are working toward a “permanent fix” and that the field would be ready by kick-off of the football season in September.

While this sinkhole is larger than most, it’s not a rare occurrence on the campus.

“I’ve seen dozens of them. They come up all the time” in the region and on the campus, Persinger said.

Sinkholes are common where the rock below the land surface is limestone, carbonate rock, salt beds, or rocks that can naturally be dissolved as groundwater circulates through them, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. As the rock dissolves, spaces and caverns develop underground.

A 40-foot sinkhole opened up under the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky in February, swallowing eight collector cars.

And last year a sinkhole in Florida swallowed a section of a resort villa near Disney World.

(Reporting By Carey Gillam; editing by Gunna Dickson)

Recent Headlines

in Sports

Wednesday’s Sports Minute

Fresh
orioles

Here is a look at the latest sports headlines making news today, Wednesday, Sept. 17.

in National, World

Islamic State campaign test Obama’s commitment to allies

Fresh
obama

While Americans support the campaign of airstrikes against militants, they have a low appetite for a long campaign against the group.

in Sports

Vikings reverse course, suspend Adrian Peterson

Fresh
peterson

The Minnesota Vikings have suspended the star running back from all team activities until his child-abuse case is resolved.

in Sports

Rice files appeal against NFL’s indefinite suspension

Fresh
rayrice

The NFL continues to grapple with domestic violence issues as some of its top players are under scrutiny both by the league and the public.

in National

Children’s respiratory illness spreads to more states

Fresh
cdc

A serious illness sickening U.S. children has spread to 12 states and it's predicted that more states will report cases in coming weeks.