Titans Propose $25M In LP Field Upgrades To Be Funded By User Fee Already In Place
The Titans are “proposing $25 million worth of upgrades to LP Field that the team believes would keep them on a par with newer and renovated stadiums,” according to Andy Humbles of the Nashville TENNESSEAN. The Metro Council and Metro Sports Authority would “need to approve the proposed upgrades, which would be funded through a $2-per-ticket user fee for football games and other stadium events such as concerts” that is already in place. The Titans “propose adding an additional $1, as allowed by the state, to make the user fee $3, but only the $2 currently in place would go toward the proposed improvements.” The additional $1 “would be for future improvements.” The upgrades proposed for the stadium, which was completed in '99 for $292M, include new HD video boards in the north and south end zones that would be "four times as large as the present ones," new HD ribbon board screens for each side of the stadium, a new sound system with 800 speakers and a fan hospitality area that would involve "renovation of current space not effectively used." A “fan courtyard in the southeast and southwest corners of the stadium also is proposed.” Titans Exec VP/Administration & Facilities Don MacLachlan “didn’t prioritize the importance of the projects but said the team would work with the city and Sports Authority if it became unlikely that doing everything proposed would be approved.” The Titans “hope renovations can begin early in 2012, pending approval, with completion by next August in time for the opening preseason game” (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 10/20). Metro currently “sets aside $1 million per year for routine stadium upkeep and repairs, but larger expenditures are paid for through user fees that are applied to tickets for events at LP Field” (BIZJOURNALS.com, 10/19).