As promised, the newest renovations to the Neyland Stadium will preserve over 100,000 spectators for the 2022 season.
A supply from the College of Tennessee confirmed to GoVols247 Thursday afternoon that Neyland’s new capability might be 101,915. Mike Wilson of The Knoxville Information Sentinel first made the information earlier within the afternoon.
Tennessee’s historic soccer cathedral—the house of the Falls since 1921—has been a six-figure seat since 1995, and at occasions has been the biggest stadium within the nation. That is now not the case, but it surely nonetheless ranks close to the highest of the record, and each renovation since then has include a promise to maintain the historic Tennessee house above the 100,000 threshold.
The official capability of Nieland Stadium is 102,455, the place it has been because the addition of Tennessee Terrace in 2010. The addition of East Membership and West Membership seats in 2006 and 2009 briefly lowered the capability to 100,011.
The height of official capability in Neyland was reached in 2000, when the addition of East Government Suites introduced the official determine to 104,037. That period included the biggest official attendance in historical past, when 109,061 rallied at The Normal’s Home for Tennessee’s thrilling 30-28 on SEC Jap Division competitors Florida.
The SEC arms race for facility amenities has been ubiquitous, although, and Neyland’s newest renovations started in Tennessee as quickly as final season ended. A sequence of renovations had been formally authorised in 2017, and changes had been made all through the method, together with when Danny White took over as sporting director in January 2021.
The present section of Neyland’s renovations have targeted on the decrease western stage and the northern finish space of the riverside stadium. It features a “Wonderful Expertise” space on the decrease west facet of the sphere, simply behind the Tennessee seat. A protracted-awaited video board has additionally been added to the north finish space of the stadium, and there’ll solely be a brand new parking room beneath it. This standing room solely part has been described as a ‘celebration deck’ with a sports activities bar really feel.
UT’s present plan is for income generated from the brand new West membership space and the North Finish space to fund the remaining upgrades to the stadium in future years. The present section of renovations has value about $180 million for a undertaking that’s anticipated to value about $340 million.
“By the point we end this huge renovation, we need to have one of many stadiums, if not the very best, in school soccer,” White informed Enterprise Journal earlier this yr. This implies considering proactively in regards to the future and the fashionable fan expertise. In much less thrilling methods, it means fixing some issues and refurbishing some issues which can be actually outdated.”
Tennessee was unable to host its annual Orange & White recreation this spring as a consequence of building in Neyland. The Foles thought of enjoying their annual spring brawl in Nashville or Chattanooga, however ultimately selected to have one within the coaching complicated—Anderson Coaching Heart and Area Received.
He has additionally begun a $30 million renovation of the Anderson Coaching Heart, the plan being so as to add a number of spectacular new options to what was already thought of among the finest coaching amenities within the nation. The addition of 36,000 sq. toes of area and renovations to 100,000 sq. toes of present area will enhance the scale of the middle to roughly 181,000 sq. toes.