More funds earmarked for Neyland Stadium rejig



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Budget increase for Neyland Stadium renovation Image: University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees recently approved Tennessee Athletics’ request to increase the budget for Phase 1 of the historic Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee (US) renovation project by $49 million to $337 million.

‘utsports.com’ stated that the project aligns with Tennessee Athletics’ stated goals of modernizing the fan and visitor experience through enhanced amenities and diversified seating options, improving fan safety and security and aligning stadium features and aesthetics with campus architectural standards.

The University of Tennessee is a public land-grant research university in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States. Founded in 1794, two years before Tennessee became the 16th State, it is the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee system, with 10 undergraduate colleges and 11 graduate colleges. It hosts more than 30,000 students from all 50 States and more than 100 foreign countries.

The Neyland Stadium is a sports stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States. It serves primarily as the home of the Tennessee Volunteers football team, but is also used to host large conventions and has been a site for several National Football League (NFL) exhibition games. The stadium’s official capacity is 101,915.

‘utsports.com’ further stated that last Fall, guests at the Neyland Stadium observed a totally new state-of-the-art videoboard in the stadium’s North upper deck, enhanced video components in the existing South videoboard and the introduction of two new premium amenities in the lower-West club and upper-North social deck.

The future updates feature necessary upgrades to the South side and perimeter of the stadium, including the widening of concourses, construction of expanded gates and entryways and additional restrooms and concessions areas. The delivery of this component will dramatically improve fan comfort and safety, reduce wait times and allow for more food and beverage (F&B) offerings.

As previously announced, the project will include new deliverables each football season through the Fall of 2026:
 

Fall 2023

  • Removal of the South Stadium Hall with structural strengthening of the stadium’s South end;
  • Partially completed Wi-Fi capabilities;
  • Brick cladding around in-bowl vomitories; and
  • New restrooms under the Gate 10 ramp.

 

Fall 2024

  • Full stadium-wide Wi-Fi connectivity;
  • Stadium kitchen, commissary and loading dock;
  • New Southeast elevators vertically connecting all the concourses;
  • New Gate 4 entry plaza;
  • Brick cladding around in-bowl vomitories (Phase 2);
  • Renovations and upgrades complete for all stadium skyboxes; and
  • Initial construction for the Westside Founders Suites New restrooms and concessions on the North Concourse Two.

 

Fall 2025

  • Expanded South Concourse 1 (increased restrooms, enhanced concessions, wider concourse);
  • Completed Founders Suites; and
  • The Tee Martin Drive to shift South of the Gate 10 ramp.

 

Fall 2026

  • The completion of entry plazas.

 
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