Renovations to Neyland Stadium on schedule

Hamilton wants to remind fans 'it's not going to look complete'

Extensive renovations to Neyland Stadium remain on schedule with Tennessee's season opener against Western Kentucky a little more than a month away.

Photo by Bob Fowler

Extensive renovations to Neyland Stadium remain on schedule with Tennessee's season opener against Western Kentucky a little more than a month away.

A tour of the newly renovated sections at Neyland Stadium

Renovations to Neyland Stadium are on schedule for the opener against Western Kentucky on Sept. 5.

With Tennessee's season opener against Western Kentucky little more than a month away, renovations to Neyland Stadium remain on schedule, athletic director Mike Hamilton said even if it might not look that way when fans arrive for the Sept, 5 game.

"Everything is on schedule at the stadium," Hamilton said. "But we need to get this message out: The project will not look complete this year."

Phase III of the renovations is scheduled to take two years to complete. The first component of Phase III, which began in November, includes several structural improvements as well as the addition of club seats on the west side and upgrades to luxury suites and the press box.

The most visible change - at least from the outside - is cantilevered construction of the Tennessee Terrace. Those seats won't open until 2010, but the curved, more modern face to the stadium foreshadows sweeping exterior improvements that will take place between the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

"As you drive down Volunteer Boulevard and you see that massive structure with the glass and everything," Hamilton said, "one of the things you'll see on level five, six and seven, the glass is in place. But on level three, which is the part that extends the most out, it will be open with a chainlink fence on it. That's where the Tennessee Terrace is going to go. We'll actually have to go back in this season and complete the Tennessee Terrace and then the glass will go on the exterior."

It's not going to look complete. For what was supposed to be completed prior to the '09 season, we're absolutely on target and on schedule. They've done a tremendous job, but it's not going to be a complete project.

UT Athletic Director Mike Hamilton

Hamilton also said spaces on either side of the west tower will be painted for the 2009 season before being bricked over before 2010.

"It's not going to look complete," Hamilton said. "For what was supposed to be completed prior to the '09 season, we're absolutely on target and on schedule. They've done a tremendous job, but it's not going to be a complete project."

The most sweeping changes will take place between this season and next.

The final Phase III renovation will add a brick and iron facade on the north and west exterior as well as the completion of the Tennessee Terrace, a statue of Gen. Robert Neyland, an entry plaza at Gate 21 and renovations to the northeast concourse.

The first sequence of Phase III is expected to cost $47 million, while the second sequence is budgeted for $35 million.

Phases IV and V, which focus on the south and east sides of the stadium, remain unscheduled, although Tennessee hopes to have all renovations finished around 2020.

Drew Edwards covers University of Tennessee football. He may be reached at 865-342-6274.

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hotrodvol writes:

You got to spend money to make money. I've sat in both club seat sections before they were club seats. I guess that won't happen again, oh well they got bigger fish to fry than me.

vol_chaz writes:

I can't wait to see what that statue looks like. My bet is that the vol walk goes right past it next year..

teampenny#658108 writes:

Bear Bryant and General Neyland have this in common fans have held onto these legends to long. Most current football players and students care very little about them. Not sure spending thousands of dollars on a statue is a good idea.

matrosscbc writes:

awesome to see a part of neyland that i will never enjoy....i guess

ArealVolFan writes:

in response to teampenny#658108:

Bear Bryant and General Neyland have this in common fans have held onto these legends to long. Most current football players and students care very little about them. Not sure spending thousands of dollars on a statue is a good idea.

Wow, that is THE most uninformed statement ever, and I have read a lot of the Florida trolls post here. The players care about the tradition, and so do the fans. General Neyland is a figurehead of Tennessee football and always will be. He is a legendary coach not only at TN, but in the history of college football. IMO this statue is long overdue.

ArealVolFan writes:

in response to ArealVolFan:

Wow, that is THE most uninformed statement ever, and I have read a lot of the Florida trolls post here. The players care about the tradition, and so do the fans. General Neyland is a figurehead of Tennessee football and always will be. He is a legendary coach not only at TN, but in the history of college football. IMO this statue is long overdue.

and I hate to say it, but the same goes for Bryant as well.

TommyJack writes:

in response to teampenny#658108:

Bear Bryant and General Neyland have this in common fans have held onto these legends to long. Most current football players and students care very little about them. Not sure spending thousands of dollars on a statue is a good idea.

Your worst post yet.

scott_m99 writes:

in response to teampenny#658108:

Bear Bryant and General Neyland have this in common fans have held onto these legends to long. Most current football players and students care very little about them. Not sure spending thousands of dollars on a statue is a good idea.

The statue isn't intended to be for current players and students. It's for fans and former players that have been around long enough to realize that our tradition is what has made Tennessee football what it is today. It's to pay homage to the folks who laid the groundwork for the types of pre-game festivities that we enjoy every weekend on gameday. Not to mention it's going to stand in front of the stadium that happens to bare his name. If you don't like it, then move to Gainesville

NoogaVol55 writes:

Did I miss something about a statue????

utmichael20#546617 writes:

2020?!?

IamScaredOfTrees writes:

Not that I don't have other browsers, but this page doesn't show well in Opera(which is dissapointing because I thought that was fixed). All the text that I think is there is covered by pictures and blackness. Not a problem, just FYI.

tnvoice#278189 writes:

in response to MagicMan:

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And then some statements are just "Stupid"

Volomatic writes:

in response to MagicMan:

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You sir are an absolute moron. You must not know anything about UT history to even say something like that. Phil had one great season, but he didn't even come close to laying the foundation that the Gen. did. Go ahead and move to a different state and root for their team, cause you are not VOL material.

ClassicVol (Inactive) writes:

The updates are nice but they are intent on putting that fuzzy rope up on the common fan who would love to be able to afford a game from time to time.

Build the statue. Let us savor our long and great tradition.

volhome#407234 writes:

in response to teampenny#658108:

Bear Bryant and General Neyland have this in common fans have held onto these legends to long. Most current football players and students care very little about them. Not sure spending thousands of dollars on a statue is a good idea.

Then why does anything anywhere ever bother to honor its legends? Let's take down the Washington Monument, the Linclon Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial. Roads named after people, that would have to be re-done as well. And for goodness sake, this country will have to be renamed, as America for Amerigo Vespucci just could not be allowed to stand.

If you don't like tradition, go start your own. Don't bother those of us that proudly hold on to the good. Go General, and Go Vols!

GhostofRobertNeyland writes:

in response to teampenny#658108:

Bear Bryant and General Neyland have this in common fans have held onto these legends to long. Most current football players and students care very little about them. Not sure spending thousands of dollars on a statue is a good idea.

I not sure your parents giving birth to you was such a good idea. YOU SUCK! Go Vols!!!

bugman (Inactive) writes:

their pricing their core audience right out of the stadium. please tell me who can afford to take a family of say 3 or 4 to a football game these days? I mean you cant even get a crappy game ticket without sweating out the scalpers and who wants to put their family through that. between tickets, drinks, and parking you're looking at over 200 bucks a game.

tdtnsee writes:

in response to IamScaredOfTrees:

Not that I don't have other browsers, but this page doesn't show well in Opera(which is dissapointing because I thought that was fixed). All the text that I think is there is covered by pictures and blackness. Not a problem, just FYI.

Me too. Its really annoying me.

Ringleader writes:

Well, what exactly is causing this renovation to take so much time. Is it money, engineers, labor, or what. They built the Empire State building in 11 months back in 1929. It should be very simple to have completed this job in less than 9 months.

gohawks1 writes:

in response to teampenny#658108:

Bear Bryant and General Neyland have this in common fans have held onto these legends to long. Most current football players and students care very little about them. Not sure spending thousands of dollars on a statue is a good idea.

Unless the statue is of Al Wilson... now that would be smooth.

gohawks1 writes:

in response to Ringleader:

Well, what exactly is causing this renovation to take so much time. Is it money, engineers, labor, or what. They built the Empire State building in 11 months back in 1929. It should be very simple to have completed this job in less than 9 months.

One big difference is that this is a renovation of an existing structure as opposed to the building of a new one. Working around 4 months of the season slows progress.

Vol_Fan_in_WA writes:

in response to Agent_Orange:

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Love it, love it, love it.

That would be one of the best quotes to put on Gen. Neyland's statue. I think that would be great. GO VOLS!!!

Bearwuzacheater writes:

in response to bugman:

their pricing their core audience right out of the stadium. please tell me who can afford to take a family of say 3 or 4 to a football game these days? I mean you cant even get a crappy game ticket without sweating out the scalpers and who wants to put their family through that. between tickets, drinks, and parking you're looking at over 200 bucks a game.

the answer to your question is an average of 107,000+ affords to get to the game. the market determines to attendance and also determines the quality of the facilities. these changes have been a long time coming and are actually overdue.

Bearwuzacheater writes:

in response to teampenny#658108:

Bear Bryant and General Neyland have this in common fans have held onto these legends to long. Most current football players and students care very little about them. Not sure spending thousands of dollars on a statue is a good idea.

you are a tiger high turd that needs a huge cup of STFU!

Ringleader writes:

in response to Lostballnhighweeds:

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Not quite correct.
Construction began 3/17/1930 and was completed 11/13/1930 A slight under 11 months. The grand opening was not until four months later, after it was occupied.
There was one death during construction, and it was during foundation work. The other deaths you refer to were during destruction of the hotel on the site, before construction was begun.
Safety, I agree is important, but only requires managing. After 911, there was a huge amount of lease terminations, the thought was the Empire State would be the next prime target to strike.
The management on this stadium refurbishment has been a total construction joke. I have observed two refurbishments to Alabama's stadium, two to Georgia's, and one to LSU's. All were done and completed in 9 months, and used during construction.
As for tolerance with Coach K, there will be a short honeymoon, and I certainly do not expect more than 8 wins this year. There will be a call for a head a little higher up if Al Davis turns out to be right.

LadyVolsEighTimes writes:

in response to bugman:

their pricing their core audience right out of the stadium. please tell me who can afford to take a family of say 3 or 4 to a football game these days? I mean you cant even get a crappy game ticket without sweating out the scalpers and who wants to put their family through that. between tickets, drinks, and parking you're looking at over 200 bucks a game.

wHEN WERE YOU LAST ABLE TO GET A FAMILY OF FOUR INTO THE GAME FOR $200, WITH EATS AND PARKING? Or are you talking per person?

Ringleader writes:

in response to Lostballnhighweeds:

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I do not know what thread you may have followed on Wikopedia. I just checked that site and it verifies what I have stated.
You can ask any Registered Architect about the Empire State project. It has been documented as one of the best run projects ever.
I do not know who the Project Manager is for the stadium project, but from the way it has been run it appears there is not one. It is a butchered up job, including the incident where a receiver was injured. There is no excuse for such a project to have been run in this manner. The fault has to lie on Hamilton not knowing what to do, and how to do it. That is exactly why a Project Manager should have been employed.

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