Danny White Hints At Forthcoming LNS Renovation Announcement

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Tennessee director of athletics Danny White spent his Fourth of July celebrating Vol track and field landing a commitment from one of the nation’s top grad transfers on Twitter.

A Tennessee fan responded to White’s Tweet asking whether news on Lindsey Nelson Stadium construction was coming soon. White responded by confirming stadium news is forthcoming.

Tennessee announced a proposed plan for Lindsey Nelson Stadium renovations last month but the renderings weren’t definitive with many variables including premium seating options.

“We’re really excited to engage our fans in the process of determining what’s that right formula for what this stadium wants to be in terms of club seats, suites and some of the things that are so important for the fan experience standpoint and also from a business model standpoint to make sure we can deliver this project in a way that has a ton of success and gets us where we all want to be,” White said.

The proposed renovations included turning bleacher seats into stadium seat backs and extending the grandstand seating down the left field line where temporary bleachers sat during the 2022 season.

The renderings for the new and improved Lindsey Nelson Stadium also included a third level to the left field porches, a new baseball facility beyond the right field wall and a new look to the front of the stadium.

“It’s going to look a whole lot different,” White said of the LNS entrance. “There’s a few different options we’re still looking at but it’ll look drastically different. With the premium tower that we’re going to be building, about the top third of this structure behind us will be gone and rebuilt. The footprint will come out more. It’ll have a totally different look. If you look at some of our other facilities, especially the west side of Neyland Stadium we want to try and have some consistency with how we finish out that building and this building as well.”

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Tennessee is coming off its best regular season in program history. The Vols won 57 games in Tony Vitello’s fifth season, winning the regular-season SEC Championship for the first time since 1995 before defending its perch atop the conference by sweeping through the SEC Tournament in Hoover.

Tennessee’s season came to a disappointing end when Notre Dame knocked off the Vols in three games in the super regionals.

The Vols have restocked their roster this offseason adding a trio of transfers. Kansas shortstop Maui Ahuna, Alabama third baseman Zane Denton and Austin Peay catcher Jack Alexander are all transferring to UT to conclude their college careers.

Ryan Schumpert is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. Ryan spent three years with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program before joining RTI. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.