Tuesday, October 17, 2017 12:47 AM


Gallery: Finley Stadium turns 20 years old +2 more photos O n a cloud-free afternoon late last month at Finley Stadium, Gordon Davenport gazed out of a luxury box and inhaled the surroundings. "I'm all in," Davenport said. "I think this is great for Chattanooga, and it's part of the downtown renaissance. Look at all the cranes around here. This is what excites me." Located in a once-wretched part of the city, the 20,668-seat stadium and its accompanying First Tennessee Pavilion now serve as welcoming venues for everything from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football games and Chattanooga Football Club soccer matches to Sunday markets and company gatherings. Wednesday will mark the 20-year anniversary of the stadium's dedication game, when an announced audience of 22,646 watched Buddy Green's Mocs thump Tennessee State 28-7. The $28.5 million facility was spearheaded by Davenport's father, the late Gordon Sr., and it has contained a loyal supporting cast through the years headed by Bryan Patten, Joe Decosimo and Ryan Crimmins. The U.S. national men's and women's soccer teams have competed inside a packed Finley Stadium, and it housed 13 Football Championship Subdivision title games from 1997 to 2009. There have been numerous financial hurdles ...

News source: Times Free Press

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