The UT Athletics department announced this week that they will be renovating historic Neyland Stadium. After an extensive nine-month study conducted by the athletics department and Populous, a leading sports architecture and design company, they published a lengthy summary of the improvements that will be made to the stadium. The University Of Tennessee Board Of Trustees recently approved the amount of $106 million to fund the improvements. The whole project will be funded entirely by donor gifts and the athletics department revenues. The renovations will be split up into three phases with the first phase expected to be completed in 2019. The main or most notable changes to Neyland Stadium will be the addition or renovating of the current gates to match the newest gate, gate 21, and the addition of two new videoboards at opposite ends of the stadium. After the renovations are completed the stadium will retain a capacity north of 100,000, keeping it one of the largest in the SEC. Another important change to the stadium will be moving the visiting locker room. After it is moved, the visiting team will run out from the corner closest to the east side opposite of where the Vols run out. These additions and improvement are much needed. They will make an already amazing venue, in Neyland Stadium, one of the nicest premiere venues in all of sports.
The full report done by the UT Athletics Department and Populous, complete with artist’s renderings of the changes can be accessed here: Neyland Stadium Renovations