KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WATE) – Tennessee’s Board of Trustees approved Friday a potential $106 million renovation to Neyland Stadium on Friday.
The project includes a back wall to meet NCAA standards on the minimum distance required between the playing surface and any physical boundaries. Other renovations include expanding the main thoroughfare of the south concourse, improving concessions and adding rest rooms.
Chris Cimino, Tennessee’s senior vice chancellor of finance and administration, said the project would be financed by a combination of donations and the athletic department’s operating revenues
An August 2019 target date has been set for the project’s completion.
The project will next go before the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and eventually would require legislative approval.
Neyland Stadium was built in 1921 and has a capacity of 102,455.
UT Athletics completed a feasibility study on possible renovations. The study reviewed the current conditions, fan input, design concepts, cost estimates and funding scenarios. The University says, “the study’s plan expedites safety considerations and balances the broad renovation scope over a multi-phase approach.
“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,” said Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart.