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New stadium for Jackson State put on back burner by lawmakers

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Veterans Memorial Stadium has been the home of the Jackson State football team since the 1970s (Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)

Jackson State head football coach Deion Sanders continues to vie for a new stadium for the Tigers, but it does not look as if it will be happening this year.

SB 3154, which would have provided a $40 million appropriation in seed money for Jackson State to build a new stadium, only lasted two days in the 2022 legislative session before dying in committee.

Even though the appropriations bill did not make it during this year’s session, Senator John Horhn explained where a new stadium could be if lawmakers pass a bill next year.

“We had several selections, but the top two are across from WLBT actually on Jefferson Street and also on the JSU Metro Parkway on land that the foundation of the university owns,” he explained.

During the 2021 session, legislators approved a quarter of a million dollars to study the possibility of building the new stadium. Horhn said that the study has shown that at least $90 million will be needed.

The Tigers have played in Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium, which is in desperate need of repairs, since 1970.

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