Tennessee’s athletic department announced details of a three-year, $154-million fundraising campaign on Saturday.
Called the Campaign for Comprehensive Excellence, the plan will pay for facilities upgrades and boost the Vols’ sagging endowment.
UT said the campaign has been started by a $16 million gift from Mike and Mickala Sisk of Colleyville, Texas, who own a chain of medical centers — “Low T Centers” — that treat men with low testosterone.
The first phase of the project includes the following facilities updates:
An expansion of the outdoor football practice fields to the space currently occupied by Stokely Athletics Center and Gibbs Hall. The new fields should be ready by the start of the 2015 season.
A $5 million renovation of the men’s and women’s basketball locker rooms at Thompson-Boling Arena.
A $3 million dedicated volleyball practice facility. The proposed facility will feature three courts, a locker room and coaches’ offices, and will be constructed adjacent to Regal Soccer Stadium.
A $10 million broadcast studio on the ground floor of the Brenda Lawson Athletic Center that will allow UT to “fully capitalize on the opportunities offered by the launch of the SEC Network in 2014,” the university said.
Completion of the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center at a cost of $1.6 million.
A rowing boathouse for the crew team.
The University said the second phase of the project includes $42 million in projects and will include the following:
Neyland Stadium renovations.
Completion of the Day Golf Practice Facility.
Expanded seating for softball at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.
Renovations to Lindsey Nelson Stadium to include construction of a permanent porch, additional seats down the third base line, and a renovated press box.
Construction of an indoor track facility.
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Tennessee's release on the campaign is here.
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