Tennessee has officially released new renderings and information for the Lindsey Nelson Stadium renovation project. The images give a great look into the plans that Tennessee has for the baseball program and the commitment that is present in seeing these plans through.
The stadium renovation will not be done for the 2023 season, according to a Tennessee spokesperson on Friday. However, from now until the project’s start, Tennessee will be collecting feedback from fans regarding seating options and pricing. There is no total capacity set currently, as Tennessee will adjust its plans based on feedback from fans.
Tennessee’s goal is ambitious as the Vols want to boast one of the premier stadiums in all of college baseball. With the new features that are being added to the stadium, that desire could become a reality.
“Tennessee Athletics is thrilled to announce upcoming facility enhancements to Lindsey Nelson Stadium at Robert M. Lindsay Field,” The Tennessee Fund press release stated. “Lindsey Nelson Stadium is set to become one of the most premier college baseball venues in the country with improved player development areas, more seating for Vol Nation, wider concourses, more concession stands and restrooms, and NEW luxurious premium sections. The new home of Vol Baseball will aim to provide a world-class experience for current and future Volunteer student-athletes and fans alike.”
In order to make this project happen, there will have to be construction done around the stadium. As the stadium sits currently, center field and right field back up directly to Todd Helton Drive, a road on campus that loops around the backside of the stadium and connects the lower east side of campus to the lower west side. The render shows a new building behind the right-field wall in place of the road, which will serve as an indoor training complex for the Tennessee student-athletes.
One of the most notable changes will be to the box area above the grandstands, which look to be significantly expanded in the renders. As things stand now, Tennessee currently has a fairly small press box. Expanding that box will make it much easier for Tennessee to host marquee media events, such as postseason and tournament games. In addition, new covered fan seating will also be going up next to the press box.
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New four-person tables will be added throughout the outfield and near the left-field foul pole. These tables will have groups of four chairs around each table for optimal group viewing.
Tennessee will be adding new elevated Loge Boxes along the left-field/third base line that include group seating with a personal tabletop to enjoy the game.
Lindsey Nelson Stadium will now feature a new indoor club seating area directly behind home plate. Spectators will have the opportunity to watch the game from a comfortable and luxurious indoor area with an unobstructed view of the field. Club seating will also include chairback seating with expanded leg room, enhanced food and drink options, private restrooms, and plenty of televisions to keep up with all of the sports action.
Tennessee will be adding luxury suites above the grandstands that hold up to 20 individuals. These suites include comfortable indoor and outdoor seating with close views of the game.
MVP seating will also be available behind home plate which includes cushioned chairback seating with cup holders, access to the indoor luxurious club room behind home plate, and private bathrooms.
For more information on the Lindsey Nelson Stadium renovation project including pricing options, check out the press release from Tennessee Athletics and The Tennessee Fund.
For a comparison of the changes, here is a picture of what Lindsey Nelson Stadium currently looks like and what the new changes will look like: