Board Of Trustees Approves Revised Neyland Stadium Renovation Plan

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    The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees approved a revised budget for the Neyland Stadium renovation project Friday.

    Tennessee increased the budget for Phase I of the renovation plan by 37.5% going from $180 million to $288 million.

    “I appreciate the Board of Trustees for understanding and supporting our revised plan and budget, which will ultimately allow for a significantly enhanced gameday experience for every fan throughout Neyland Stadium,” Tennessee director of athletics Danny White said in a statement. “We’ve done a great deal of listening and learning over the past 18 months, and our fans have been instrumental in helping to shape the vision for the future of one of the most iconic sporting venues in the world.

    “Through our evaluation process, we also developed a new business philosophy prioritizing project elements that generate revenue. That will enable us to invest in key amenities that impact our entire fanbase, such as enhanced Wi-Fi, larger concourses, nicer restrooms and more.”

    The renovation plan was originally announced under former athletic director John Currie and began under White’s leadership in late November.

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    The updated renovations included improved WiFi inside the stadium, double VOLS letters atop the south end of the stadium, a brick exterior and bathroom near the gate 10 and gate 11 in the south end zone, a number of approved premium seating options and wider concourses in the southeast and southwest side of the stadium.

    Here are images of the south end zone concourse and the exterior of the south side of the stadium.

    Tennessee will complete many of the features by the time the Vols kick off the 2022 football season against Ball State on Sept. 1. That includes a new video board in the north end zone and premium seating on the west side of the stadium.

    Tennessee projects the completion of the renovations by the fall of 2026.

    The complete budget is now $448 million after the Board of Trustees revised budget approval Friday.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.