Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Vandy to receive major renovations

In less than an hour (9 a.m. CT), Vanderbilt Athletics officials will hold a press conference to detail the multi-million dollar Athletic Facility Project. You can watch the press conference live in All Access (Free) on vucommodores.com.

The Tennessean reports that it is a $50 million, five-phase plan for upgrading Vanderbilt Stadium, Memorial Gym and Hawkins Field over the next five years. The project includes:

• Memorial Gym: Renovation of locker rooms, postgame press conference area, training room and weight room.
• Vanderbilt Stadium: Renovation of concourses, entrance areas (above) and exterior painting.
• Hawkins Field: Construction of permanent seating outside right-field fence and possible extension of seating area down first-base line.
• John Rich Practice Facility: Installation of new synthetic turf.
• Hall of Fame: Construction of new athletic Hall of Fame

Officials said that project is centered around football upgrades.

"I think people will be very excited about the changes to Vanderbilt Stadium, aesthetically — just creating more of a Commodore atmosphere, a family atmosphere," said chancellor Nick Zeppos . "We've got a series of very exciting projects."

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