NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer is taking a timeout of sorts on the Neyland Stadium renovation project.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that things are delayed, because it was anticipated the design phase could take an extended amount of time.
“There’s a construction manager and architects that I haven’t had time to sit down with yet, and that’s as simple as it is,” Fulmer said last week at the Big Orange Caravan stop Nashville on Thursday, explaining why the estimated $340 million project remains under review.
Former athletic director John Currie had a the three-phrase project approved by the board of trustees last November, and former chancellor Beverly Davenport indicated in December nothing had changed.
But now Currie is gone, Davenport is gone, and a new board of trustees set to take over July 1.
“I want to make sure we’re being responsible in what we’re trying to do,” Fulmer said. “Where we’re going to go remains to be seen. There are definitely needs there.”
Fulmer said he plans to look at other football stadiums to consider more ideas.
Currie had said the Tennessee River side of Neyland Stadium had “basically a service entrance,” and that “the experience we provide is not sufficient from a basic customer service standpoint.”
Fulmer disagreed with that statement.
“There’s not any of our facilities except for baseball that’s not up to par,” Fulmer said. “Certainly we have needs and wants.
“We have lot and lots of ideas, and we’ll take a couple of trips to different places and see things that might benefit the fan experience.”
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