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Kenny Chesney has signed on to co-chair the fundraising committee for a new football stadium at his alma mater, East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City. The 30,000-seat stadium will open in the fall of 2017 as the venue for the school’s Buccaneer football team. The facility will cost around $26 million, and Kenny is glad to give back to the college that shaped him so much.

He says of his experience there, “The education I received, the friends I made, the music I made all altered the path of my life in such a positive way and I am forever grateful.”

Kenny goes on to say the building of this stadium and the return of the football team to campus — it currently plays home games off-campus at Kermit Tipton Stadium  —  will have a huge impact on life at ETSU and the surrounding area.

“I’m excited for the school, the town, the students, and for all the future ETSU football players that will be a part of history and something really special,” Kenny adds. “I’m honored and thrilled to be a part of that in a small way and can’t wait for kickoff.”

Kenny always includes several stadium dates in his concert tours, so there is a chance he could one day perform in the new football stadium, too. Kenny returns to the road with The Big Revival tour launching next Thursday and Friday night at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

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