Vanderbilt is in talks to build a new football stadium, according to the Tennessean’s Adam Sparks.
Vanderbilt AD David Williams is meeting with university officials this month to push for plans to build a new home for the Commodores, which would be the first new stadium in the SEC since the early 1970s. The school will reportedly consider an off-campus site for the stadium, but it is more likely that it will be built on the site of the current stadium.
“Even before I took over (as AD in 2003), people were saying, ‘Stadium, stadium, stadium’ because everybody was building stadiums,” Williams said. “But there hadn’t been serious talk internally about it before this.”
Williams estimated the cost of a new stadium to be between $60 and $90 million, and he wants to build it in the next three or four years, depending on how fast the school can raise the money for the project. He said he does not necessarily want to increase the amount of seating in the new building. Vanderbilt Stadium’s current capacity is 40,550.
If Vanderbilt went through with plans for a new stadium, it would be the first time an SEC school has opened a new football stadium since Kentucky opened Commonwealth Stadium in 1973. Every other school in the SEC has made major stadium renovations since 2000. Vanderbilt’s last major stadium renovation was in 1981.
“When you look at SEC stadiums, we are not in the same ballpark as the rest of them,” Williams said. “That’s not a secret.”