Tennessee Announces $30 Million Upgrade To Anderson Training Center

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Tennessee announced plans for a $30 million renovation to its Anderson Training Center, Thursday.

The Anderson Training Center first opened in 2013 and serves as Tennessee’s football facility as well as providing services for other Tennessee sports.

“When Anderson Training Center was first built, it was one of the best—if not the best—football facilities in the country,” director of athletics Danny White said in a statement. “This renovation is intended to get us back to that level. I am extremely encouraged by the many donors who are eager to impact that process and help get this project moving because they understand the benefits that will result for our student-athletes and football program as a whole.”

Upgrades to the facility include: a renovated locker room with “state of the art” lockers for Vol players and VFLs in the NFL, a full-body recovery lab, a nap room, a new expansive players lounge with an arcade and bowling alley and an outdoor team pavilion and full court basketball court.

The renovations will also upgrade the weight room, nutrition center and will add more meeting rooms.

“Since arriving in Knoxville, we have emphasized that the student-athlete experience is at the forefront of everything we do,” Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel said. “The upgrades to the Anderson Training Center will give current and future Volunteers the most player-friendly experience in the nation and an opportunity to maximize their development as we compete for championships. Our program has created significant momentum in a short amount of time, and we are grateful that this initiative will be coming to fruition.”

The Tennessee Fund will provide the money needed to carry out the $30 million renovations. Renovations on the Anderson Training Center will begin in early 2022.

Tennessee is embarking on a handful of renovations since Danny White took over as athletic director. On top of the upgrades to the Anderson Training Center, White has announced renovations to Neyland Stadium.

No formal plays have been announced but the Vols plan on renovating Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Tennessee donor Larry Pratt donated $5 million to the Tennessee Fund earlier this fall for renovations to the baseball stadium.

You can see the Vols’ full press release with renderings of the project here.

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