Vanderbilt on track for football, basketball facility improvements; additional upgrades planned
Vanderbilt announced Tuesday that in addition to the facilities upgrades announced in March through the Vandy United campaign, it will also pursue upgrades to Olympic sports facilities in a second phase of the campaign.
Vanderbilt hopes to pursue expansion of the tennis center and upgrades to the track and field and baseball facilities.
Athletics director Candice Lee said that there is no timeline for this phase of construction, nor does she have an estimate for when the upgrades will be completed. She does not expect to be done by the 2022 season.
"As things further develop, we'll provide more, I think that's really important and that we're consistent with that," Lee said. "What you see today is what I hope feels like a significant investment into our fans. We're going to always invest in our student-athletes, because the infrastructure is needed across the board there to put them in position to win and to do it consistently. But as we said in March, it's coming. It's being detailed further now that we need our fans to feel that the experience is elevated, and that we are all pouring into them."
Vanderbilt also released an aerial map of where the facilities will be constructed, and announced that it had hired construction firm Barton Malow to complete the projects.
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Lee said that funding is going "very, very well" but did not share how much has been raised.
The football facility has already gotten updated locker rooms. Construction on football and basketball facilities is set to begin after the football season.
Football coach Clark Lea said he was aware of some early aspects of the project coming into his role and is excited for any upgrade that can put the program in a better position to be competitive.
"What we've done and what Candice has done ... just continues through this journey to find that highest level. You know, the highest level of potential out of this facility can really reshape football on this campus, and obviously, there are other sports that will benefit as well," Lea said.
The indoor practice facility would be adjacent to the team's outdoor practice facility behind McGugin Center. The team's current indoor practice facility is connected to the recreation center. The project will add more floors to McGugin as well.
The football and basketball operations center would contain meeting rooms, a new training room, expanded locker rooms and a sports medicine facility and performance center for football. Other additions include practice courts, a weight room, locker rooms and expanded premium seating for men's and women's basketball.
In addition, the new facility in the south end zone would contain premium seating, better concession options and a dining hall for athletes.