Neyland Stadium may soon get a facelift.
Tennessee’s athletic department has partnered with a sports architecture firm called Populous to consider enhancements to the south and east sides of Neyland Stadium, including widening concurses, expanding restrooms and improving concessions areas. The project will also focus on additional audio and video enhancements.
“The time is right to turn our focus to the long-term investment in Neyland Stadium,” athletic director Dave Hart said in a statement. “This process is a critical step in determining the appropriate vision and supporting business model for a significant renovation. The resulting outcomes will serve as a catalyst toward making this vision become a reality.”
Populous is headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., and has recently completed enhancements at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field, Baylor’s McLane Stadium, Oklahoma’s Memorial Stadium and Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium.
Neyland Stadium has an official capacity of 102,455. It was originally constructed in 1921 with a seating capacity of 3,200. It has undergone 16 expansion projects. Neyland Stadium underwent a nearly $140 million, three-phase renovation initiated after the 2005 football season and concluded prior to the start of the 2010 football season. Neyland Stadium is the fifth largest football stadium in the United States.