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Sinkhole swallows part of Austin Peay football field

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CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A large sinkhole has opened up inside Governors Stadium on the campus of Austin Peay State University.

The stadium is currently undergoing renovations, and construction crews say the sinkhole, which began at just a few feet deep in the corner of one end zone, has grown in recent weeks.

Workers are attempting to locate bedrock to stabilize the sinkhole and have now reached about 40 feet below the surface.

The culprit is years of underground rain water eating away at limestone.

"We have a limestone base underneath us, and limestone is porous and disintegrates from rain over centuries. So it creates a lot of sinkholes, and that's basically what we're experiencing here today," said APSU spokesman Bill Persinger.

The structure of the stadium is not believed to be impacted, and Austin Peay should be ready to host Chattanooga in the home opener Sept. 13.

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