ASU still plans stadium - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

ASU still plans stadium

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • UPDATE: Police search for man who shot up two vehicles

    UPDATE: Police search for man who shot up two vehicles

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:38 PM EDT2014-07-28 03:38:04 GMT
    Albany police say several shots were fired into an unoccupied vehicle Sunday evening at a restaurant parking lot.More >>
    Albany police say several shots were fired into an unoccupied vehicle Sunday evening at a restaurant parking lot.More >>
  • Westtown Library new hours start Monday

    Westtown Library new hours start Monday

    Sunday, July 27 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-07-27 21:48:30 GMT
    An Albany library that reopened earlier this year due to budget cuts will start its new extended hours Monday morning.More >>
    An Albany library that reopened earlier this year due to budget cuts will start its new extended hours Monday morning.More >>
  • How to beat the heat

    How to beat the heat

    Sunday, July 27 2014 5:43 PM EDT2014-07-27 21:43:30 GMT
    Michelle DoyleMichelle Doyle
    If you’re out and about today make sure you stay hydrated. Temperatures will feel much warmer than they really are. It's the hottest day of summer and South Georgians are beating the heat by staying cool at Turtle Park. More >>
    If you’re out and about today make sure you stay hydrated. Temperatures will feel much warmer than they really are. It's the hottest day of summer and South Georgians are beating the heat by staying cool at Turtle Park. More >>

April 5, 2003

ALBANY - If you needed to raise five million dollars how would you start? A raffle? Maybe selling barbecue lunch? It may sound far fetched, but organizers say a slow start could build to a big finish, with visions of a completed stadium on the Albany State campus.

"This fundraising is to get the community to do something for themselves," American Legion Post 512 member Tommie Postell said. 

The American Legion Post and a group called Friends of ASU got together in the fundraising effort, when they realized a change in state leadership, put the last half of a promised ten million dollars from the state in real jeopardy. They've already spent part of their five million dollars clearing out a large piece of land to build the stadium, but they say in raising the rest of the money, they'll leave no stone unturned.

"We're trying to include everybody to make Albany understand it's not just ASU stadium but the Albany community stadium," Gerald Williams said. 

A stadium one former coach says would mean both a boom to the economy and the University's athletic program.

"As athletics grow the town grows we lost our baseball team but we got something to look forward to with the football team," Coach Hampton Smith said. 

The next thing to look forward to, grass, and a few of the 17,000 seats these players hope to one day pack, that is if they can find a way to keep the money coming in.

The winning Kia Rio Raffle ticket will be drawn on Superbowl Sunday next season.

posted at 5:20 p.m. by dave.d'marko@walb.com