UT unveils look at Neyland Stadium renovations
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WDEF) – The University of Tennessee has finished a nine month look at their planes to renovate historic Neyland Stadium.
The work will begin at field level and move upward and around the concourse.
Early on, crews will enlarge restrooms and concessions. The goal is to better use space under and around the lower seating bowl.
Phase 1 should be finished by August 2019. It includes renovation of the south concourse 1, move the south field wall & visitor locker room, improve kitchen and hospitality area, improve upper bowl handrails, replace an electrical transformer and repairing a storm sewer line.
“The groundwork has been laid for proceeding with a much anticipated investment in Neyland Stadium,” said Dave Hart, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics. “The study encompasses all the essential elements to ensure that Neyland Stadium remains a preeminent college football destination and experience for current fans and future generations alike.”
The renovations won’t change the stadium’s seating capacity which remains over 100,000.
Neyland was built in 1921 for just 3,200 fans.
The last renovation was in 2005.
“When people think about Tennessee football, they think about Neyland Stadium. The tangible care and attention given towards this Knoxville landmark is critical in maintaining a special environment and the significant impact that Neyland Stadium has on our football program, University and entire Volunteer community,” Hart added.