Austin Peay Governors Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Division I FCS

Head Coach: Scotty Walden

Team Mascot: Governors

Year Opened: 1946

Capacity: 10000

City / State: Clarksville / Tennessee

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

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Sgt. York Trophy

Rival Team: Tennessee State Tigers, Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, and UT Martin Skyhawks

The Sgt. York Trophy is awarded to the winner of the four-way rivalry between, Austin Peay, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, and UT Martin. There is more than just a win in the standing on the line when these Tennessee-based Ohio Valley Conference teams meet, so don’t miss it when the Governors take on one of their Tennessee-based rivals.

Battle of the Border

Rival Team: Murray State Racers

The rivalry on the gridiron between the Governors and Racers began in 1953 and recently became part of the Battle of the Border rivalry between the two schools. No matter what the sport there are always a lot of bragging rights on the line when Austin Peay and Murray State square off, so don’t miss it when the Racers come to town.

Austin Peay Governors Tailgate Guide


Austin Peay does an excellent job of providing a fun tailgating experience on game days, so if you love to tailgate, then you’ll have a great time here in Clarksville. Not only does Austin Peay offer open tailgating all throughout campus they also put together Tailgate Alley, which is home to just about anything you could want in a college football tailgate experience.

Tailgate Alley features a kids zone, concerts, and food trucks providing you with everything you need to have fun before the game. Whether you’re looking to party and listen to live music or just want to grab a bite to eat, there is something at Tailgate Alley for everyone making it a fantastic place to hang out before the game.

Additionally, Tailgate Alley is home to a team walk before the game as well ensuring that you’ll enjoy plenty of pageantry before the game. The team walk is an excellent way to kick off your game day and is a fun way to get into the Austin Peay spirit as well.

Tailgating at Austin Peay offers just about everything you could want from a small school tailgating experience, so arrive early and enjoy all the pregame festivities here Clarksville has to offer.


Team Walk

The team walk takes place at Tailgate Alley two hours and 15 minutes before kickoff and is your chance to greet the Governors as they make their way to the stadium. It’s the perfect way to get into the Austin Peay game day spirit making the team walk a can’t-miss part of the pregame festivities.

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Kids Zone

If you’re taking the kids to the game, then make sure to stop by the Kids Zone in Tailgate Alley. The Kids Zone features inflatables and other kids activities making it a great place to spend some family time before the game.


Tailgate Alley will be home to several concerts featuring local acts throughout the season. The concerts are a fun way to spend some time before the game, so make sure to check them out.

Where to tailgate

Austin Peay Governors Stadium Guide

In Game

Austin Peay is home to a fun small school football experience that any FCS football fan will enjoy. The people of Clarksville come out in good numbers to support their local team, and you’ll typically find the stands at Fortera Stadium packed with fans dressed in red and white. Austin Peay’s stadium may not be the biggest in the game, but its quaint size puts you and your fellow fans right on top of the action creating an excellent atmosphere.

No group of fans does a better job of supporting the Governors than the PeayNuts. The PeayNuts is the name of the student section at Austin Peay, and all throughout the game, they’ll make a lot of noise to help the Governors bring home the W.

The PeayNuts aren’t the only ones who make a lot of noise at Governors games. The Governors Own Marching Band does a great job of setting the tone with their tunes during the game. All throughout the game you’ll be serenaded by the sounds of the GOMB, so enjoy the atmosphere they create inside Fortera Stadium.

Austin Peay is home to a fantastic atmosphere, so enjoy your trip to Clarksville for some FCS football.

Things to check out

Blake Jenkins Plaza and Hendricks Fox Walk of Fame

Make sure to check out the Blake Jenkins Plaza and the Hendricks Fox Walk of Fame during your visit to Fortera Stadium. The Hendricks Fox Walk of Fame honors all of the players in Governors football history and features each player's name. If you or a loved one played for Austin Peay, look for their name on the Hendricks Fox Walk of Fame.

Governors Own Marching Band

The Governors Own Marching Band puts on a fantastic show at every Austin Peay football game. The band creates an amazing atmosphere, and their pregame and halftime shows are must-see parts of any game.

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The PeayNuts are the official Austin student section, and some of the loudest and wildest fans at Governors games. If you want to be a the heart of the action, then get tickets near the PeayNuts.


The Austin Peay cheerleaders pump up the crowd with their cheers and chants. Join in and help give the Governors an incredible home field advantage.

Fight Songs

  1. Smash Bang

    Smash! Bang! To Victory
    Go the Governors of Austin Peay
    Clash! Clang! It’s Misery
    For the minions of the Enemy
    Fight On and
    Smash! Bang! to Score Again
    For It’s Ready, Set, 1, 2, 3!
    Smash Bang! Biff Bam! Clash Clang! Rim Ram!
    Dash Along to Victory!
    Let’s Go Peay!

  2. All Hail to Austin Peay

    All Hail To Austin Peay
    All Hail our Alma Mater,
    All Hail to Austin Peay,
    Forever faithful to thy standards will we ever be,
    We love thy campus beauty, serene in dignity,
    And so we proudly sing this song in praise of thee,
    All Hail, All Hail,
    We sing in praise of thee,
    We love our Alma Mater,
    All Hail to Austin Peay.

  3. Let’s Go Peay!

    Let’s Go Peay!

    Let’s Go Peay!

    Let’s Go Peay!

Austin Peay Governors Bars & Restaurants

  1. Revel House Pub and Eatery


    Revel House Pub and Eatery is a great place to catch amazing people, good food, and awesome drinks!

    140 University Ave, Clarksville, TN 37040, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  2. Tippers Neighborhood Pub

    Tippers Neighborhood Pub

    Great drinks, great food, and great times! A night out here is something you don't want to miss.

    1471-1479 Tiny Town Rd, Clarksville, TN 37042, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  3. O’Neals Bar and Grill

    Phase Dining Entertainment beer

    Oneal's Bar & Grill is Clarksville's favorite place to meet friends for good food and drinks, to watch sports and enjoy live music from local entertainers.

    1979 Madison St, Clarksville, TN 37043, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  4. O’Connors Irish Pub and Grill

    bar drink

    O’Connors offers fun, food, and drinks!

    1198 Tylertown Rd, Clarksville, TN 37040, USA

    Bar website

    european - $$

  5. Blackhorse Pub & Brewery

    Blackhorse Pub Brewery burger fries beer

    The food, service, and atmosphere that would make people want to come back.

    132 Franklin St, Clarksville, TN 37040, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  6. Edward’s Steakhouse

    Edwards Steakhouse

    Come enjoy the best steaks in Clarksville in a relaxed atmosphere with live piano on Friday and Saturday night.

    107 Franklin St, Clarksville, TN 37040, USA

    Bar website

    american - steakhouse - $$

  7. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

    Dickeys Barbecue Pit

    Smoked low and slow with real hickory wood at every location, every day.

    2345 Madison St, Clarksville, TN 37043, USA

    Bar website

    bbq - $

  8. Mi Lindo Veracruz

    La Isla mexican El Toro Bar Grill

    Amazingly flavorful Authentic Mexican food and great service!

    1446 Madison St, Clarksville, TN 37040, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $

  9. El Toro de Don Jose

    El Toro de Don Jose

    Exemplary Mexican food and great service!

    1200 Fort Campbell Blvd, Clarksville, TN 37042, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  10. La Casa Taqueria

    La Casa Taqueria

    Fresh, authentic Mexican food featuring street tacos, handmade tamales and tortas!

    76 Dover Crossing Rd, Clarksville, TN 37042, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $