Chattanooga's Finley Stadium has surplus year

Chattanooga's Finley Stadium has surplus year

September 18th, 2012 by David Paschall in Sportlocal

Finley Stadium is located at 1826 Carter St. in downtown Chattanooga.

Photo by Ashlee Culverhouse /Times Free Press.

Finley Stadium executive director Merrill Eckstein will announce today that the Stadium Corp. had a surplus of $46,846 for the 2011-12 fiscal year that ended June 30.

Eckstein had projected in mid June that the surplus would be around $50,000, but he will provide the exact figure at today's scheduled Stadium Corp. quarterly meeting. The total is a record surplus and the second consecutive surplus following a $19,900 gain in 2010-11.

"Everything went along well all year," Eckstein said. "We had mild weather, and we did a good job of conserving our dollars -- basically keeping energy costs down by turning things off when they should be turned off."

Eckstein said it's way too early to draw comparisons with the 2012-13 fiscal year under way, but a soccer exhibition in July and last Thursday's football game between UTC and Glenville State have produced two crowds close to 10,000. This week has two marquee events with Baylor-McCallie on Friday night and UTC-Appalachian State on Saturday night.

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