Georgia State reveals date of first game in new stadium

A rendering of Turner Field as a Georgia State Panthers football stadium, the cornerstone of a $300 million mixed-use development and southern extension of Georgia State’s campus. The stadium is slated for conversion into a football stadium with an initial capacity of 23,000 seats that could expand to 33,000. Source: Georgia State

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A rendering of Turner Field as a Georgia State Panthers football stadium, the cornerstone of a $300 million mixed-use development and southern extension of Georgia State’s campus. The stadium is slated for conversion into a football stadium with an initial capacity of 23,000 seats that could expand to 33,000. Source: Georgia State

Georgia State announced its season opener for the 2017 football season, which will be the Panthers’ first game in the facility soon to be formerly known as Turner Field.

Tennessee State will provide the opposition for the Panthers’ game scheduled for Aug. 31, a Thursday night. The game time was not announced.

In its news release, Georgia State referred to the facility as Georgia State Stadium. Should a sponsorship opportunity comes the school’s way, that name may change by Aug. 31.

The Panthers will play six games in the reconfigured park that had been the home of the Braves since the 1997 season. Other than Tennessee State, the opponents are Memphis and Sun Belt Conference rivals Appalachian State, Idaho, South Alabama and Troy.

The Panthers will face Memphis on Sept. 30. The school will announce dates for the other games March 1.

“We are excited to be able to open the new home of Georgia State football on Aug. 31,” athletic director Charlie Cobb said in a news release. “We also look forward to our season ticket holders being able to get a first-hand glimpse of where they will sit later this year.”

Season tickets for GSU home games are available online at GeorgiaStateSports.com/Tix.

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Georgia State University and its development partners have agreed to a deal to purchase Turner Field, the 20-year-old former Olympic stadium and soon-to-be former home of the Atlanta Braves. (Video by Hyosub Shin / AJC)