SS Renovation Newland Stadium project costs rise, Lindsey Nelson Stadium to add 2,100 seats for Tennessee

Newland Stadium project costs rise, Lindsey Nelson Stadium to add 2,100 seats for Tennessee

Newland Stadium project costs rise, Lindsey Nelson Stadium to add 2,100 seats for Tennessee

The University of Tennessee wants to increase its budget by a combined $105.8 million for renovations to Neyland Stadium and Lindsey Nelson Stadium to account for rising labor, material and construction costs.

The UT Board of Trustees will vote on resolutions for both renovation plans on June 30 in Memphis.

On the heels of the Vols’ trip to the College World Series, UT plans to expand the capacity of Lindsey Nelson Stadium by more than 2,100 seats.

The cost of that project has almost doubled over the past year. UT has increased its Lindsey Nelson Stadium renovation budget by 69%, from $56.8 million in 2022 to $95.8 million.

That’s not surprising. At its inception, athletics director Danny White called the baseball stadium renovation figure a “very soft number.”

UT is asking the Board of Trustees to approve a $49 million hike for Phase 1 of the Newland Stadium project, which is already underway.

Tennessee Runs Through the T in an orange and white checkered Neyland Stadium on Saturday, September 24, 2022 in Knoxville, Tenn to mark the start of the NCAA college football game against Florida in Knoxville, Tenn.

Tennessee Runs Through the T in an orange and white checkered Neyland Stadium on Saturday, September 24, 2022 in Knoxville, Tenn to mark the start of the NCAA college football game against Florida in Knoxville, Tenn.

That would bring the Phase 1 costs to $337 million. The initial project, approved in 2017, included two phases for $340 million total. No updates to phase 2 have been released.

The Newland Stadium Phase 1 budget has almost doubled in the past two years. It jumped from $180 million to $288 million in 2022 and now to $337 million, pending UT Board approval.

The projects will be fully paid for without tuition or tax revenue. Escalating costs are based on the “architect and construction manager’s recommendation,” according to the resolution.

Here are the details of UT’s updated plans for Newland Stadium and Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Timeline for Newland Stadium renovations

In 2022, Neyland Stadium debuted a renovated lower west club, a new upper north social deck and videoboard, and returned the VOLS letters atop the stadium.

Here’s what else is planned for phase 1 over the next four years.

Fall 2023

  • Removal of South Stadium Hall with structural strengthening of the stadium’s south end

  • Partially completed Wi-Fi capabilities

  • Brick cladding around passageways into bowl of stadium

  • New restrooms under the Gate 10 ramp

Fall 2024

  • Full stage-wide Wi-Fi connectivity

  • Stadium kitchen, commissary and loading dock

  • New southeast elevators vertically connecting all concourses

  • New Gate 4 entry plaza

  • More brick cladding around passageways into bowl of stadium

  • Renovations, upgrades complete for all stadium skyboxes

  • Initial construction for the westside Founders Suites

  • New restrooms and concessions on north concourse two

Fall 2025

  • Expanded south concourse 1, including more restrooms, enhanced concessions, wider concourse

  • Completed Founders Suites

  • Tee Martin Drive to shift south of the Gate 10 ramp

Fall 2026

How Lindsey Nelson Stadium will expand

Under the new plan, the capacity of Lindsey Nelson Stadium will expand from 4,045 to 6,150 with the ability to provide standing room access for an additional 1,600 spectators.

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Although expansion plans have been in place for quite a while, the size of UT’s stadium was a hot topic this postseason. The NCAA gave Southern Miss the right to host the super regional rather than UT. The Vols still won on the road to advance to Omaha.

UT’s proposal calls for improved player development areas, more seating for fans, wider concourses, more concession stands and restrooms and new luxurious premium sections.

There will be upgrades to the current MVP Club. Stadium premium spaces will be expanded to include a new open-air seated club space and suites. Media areas, kitchen, umpires locker room, main entryways, concourses, covered seating and permanent seating along the third base line will also be expanded and improved.

Adam Sparks is the Tennessee football beat reporter. E-mail [email protected]. Twitter @AdamSparks. Support strong local journalism by subscribing at knoxnews.com/subscribe.

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