Hardy M. Graham Stadium
For more than 80 years, the UT Martin football stadium has been home to countless games, screaming fans, and numerous gridiron legends. This field was one of the first lighted stadiums in West Tennessee. In 2001 against Gardner-Webb, the stadium was named in honor of Hardy M. Graham a long time donor and supporter of the university. Graham’s financial contributions to the university have exceeded $1 million over the past 40 years.
The playing surface was officially named H. K. Grantham Field in 1974 when UT Martin hosted Nicholls State. Grantham was the coach of the football, baseball, and men’s basketball teams. He also headed the department of physical education and served as director of athletics.
The stadium accommodates 7,500 fans with nearly 1,900 chairback seats. About 1,200 are located on the east side. There are 400 chairbacks on the west side. Field Turf, replaced the natural grass on H.K. Grantham Field prior to the 2009 season. The playing surface features orange end zones with UT Martin and Skyhawks stitched in each end zone.
Graham Stadium was renovated in 2016, featuring a new four-story press box on the west side of the stadium. The bottom level will house a renovated visiting locker room, referee locker room, a concession stand and other game management space. It will also feature a lobby area and an elevator. The second level will be used by the College of Agriculture and Applied Science and will also serve as an academic support area. The club level is located on the third floor. On football game days, the luxurious area will offer a unique perspective of the game while in the climate-controlled space. This level also includes the Chancellor’s Box. The fourth tier of the building is a state-of-the-art facility for media, coaching staffs and game management officials. The vast working media area will seat up to 25 members, which is more than double of what the former press box allowed.