ETSU unveils new football stadium

4 September 2017

The podium stood in front of a blue and white background. In the background, the name stood proud and clear.

William B. Greene Jr. Stadium. The East Tennessee State University Buccaneers now have a place to call home.

“We have one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world,” ETSU head coach Carl Torbush said Friday night. “Thank you for giving us the opportunity to have this field.”

ETSU officials celebrated a grand opening of the new football stadium Friday night on the cusp of the first home game against Limestone College. It was the culmination of an almost two-year long endeavor, shortly after the football program came back. It’s the first home stadium the Buccaneers have had in more than a decade.

“Tomorrow is about football, yes, but it is also about family,” Dr. Brian Noland, ETSU president, said Friday night. “Mainly, the ETSU family.”

The brand new stadium is built in a classic horseshoe design and will sit around 7,000 people with an additional 3,000 that can stand to watch the games. The stadium includes sky boxes and club seats.

The new stadium cost around $26 million to be built.

Bucanneer football became dormant following the 2003 season. A resurgence occurred and it started once again in 2015. The Bucaneers have been playing at Kermit Tipton Stadium.