SBD/Issue 242/College Football Preview

Vanderbilt Stadium Set To Unveil Phase II Of $50M Renovation

Renovations Feature New Entrance With Brick
Archway, Large Vanderbilt Stadium Sign
Phase II of Vanderbilt Univ.'s five-year, $50M renovation of Vanderbilt Stadium will be unveiled Saturday when the school hosts Western Carolina Univ., according to Jeff Lockridge of the Nashville TENNESSEAN. The Phase II "modifications feature: interior paint, larger concession areas with more food options, a new ticket office connected to a merchandise area, a new women's restroom with 22 stalls, improved air and sound systems in suites, images of current and former Vanderbilt athletes hanging in the corridors, and electrical upgrades to accommodate ESPN broadcasts." Fans will now be "greeted at the gate with benches, landscaping and bricks with personal inscriptions that can be purchased for $250." The entrance "showcases a brick archway" with a large Vanderbilt Stadium sign, and once fans are inside, they "can enjoy a more spacious concourse because the TV trucks have relocated across the street." VU Vice Chancellor for Univ. Affairs & Athletics David Williams said that roughly $40M of the $50M project is "being paid for with fundraiser dollars." Lockridge noted Phase III of renovations "should begin with the conclusion of football season," and it will "focus on updates to the McGugin Center, where coaches' offices and academic support are housed." Phase IV is "set to include the addition of a Hall of Fame at McGugin Center" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 9/2).

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