Vanderbilt reveals more details about athletic facilities to come
Chris Lee • 8/24/2021 in Football
On Tuesday, Vanderbilt revealed more about some highly-anticipated plans.
Photo courtesy of Vanderbilt athletics.
Vanderbilt, in a Tuesday press release, finally released more details about its plans for improved facilities for football, basketball and other sports.
In that linked release above, which contained statements from university chancellor Daniel Diermeier and athletic director Candice Lee Vanderbilt included an aerial photo that outlined in more detail where some of the new facilities would go. Specifics included:
- A new full-length, indoor practice facility directly behind McGugin Center, which is where Commodore athletes currently train and dine. The new facility will go where the team's outdoor, turf field is now. (This replaces the indoor facility which Vanderbilt built in 2013.)
- An expanded McGugin Center as well as an operations center for football. Per the release, "This facility will house team-specific needs for football, such as meeting rooms, offices, training room and an expanded locker room. The project will benefit all student-athletes and teams and include a new training room, sports medicine facility and sport performance center."
- A basketball operations center and facility upgrades in the north (open) end zone. Much of this will go towards baseball, and it will include new practice courts for the men's and women's basketball teams. There will also be premium seating inside the football stadium here.
- Expanding and upgrading the Currey Tennis Center. Vanderbilt's tennis teams, particularly on the women's side, have ranked among the country's best. However, its facilities here have long been out of date.
- Additional, unspecified investments to track and field. Vanderbilt's indoor track is inside its current football indoor practice facility, with its outdoor facility sitting next to that. (On another side sits the spot where the new football indoor facility will go.)
Vanderbilt announced that construction on these projects will begin at the end of the 2021 football season.Vandy's last home game this year is on Nov. 13.
Populus will be the architect for these projects.
These projects will be funded through the $300 million Vandy United campaign announced in the spring.