JSU takes of Veterans stadium, plans improvements

JACKSON, Miss. — Gone will be that ancient video board towering over the field and that puny broken one atop the opposite end zone.

Upgrades are coming to those rickety elevators and that paint-chipped press box, too.

Jackson State fans will see a few noticeable differences at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium this fall, the first year the university is in control of the 60-year-old venue.

Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, who is running for governor, told The Clarion-Ledger last week that his “long-range plan” is to build JSU its own stadium, raze Memorial Stadium and give the property to the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

The stadium is in the growth path of UMC.

“Sooner or later, we’ve got to realize that (the current situation) is not working for us,” Bryant said.

Clarion Ledger
7/4/11