Neyland Stadium: Nevermind the Dust

For those of you who are not in Knoxville, you may not realize that, at present, Neyland Stadium is undergoing major renovations as part of the Neyland Stadium Master Plan.  Currently, crews are hard at work on the construction of the West Stadium Club, new Skybox, and renovations to the West upper concourse.  All of this is to be done prior to the 2009 kickoff.  After that, Neyland will undergo additional renovations as the Tennessee Terrace gets set to debut along with a completely renovated Gate 21 plaza (I know, I’m so freakin’ excited I can hardly stand it).  As the Master Planning documents PDF Document make abundantly clear, once all of the renovations are complete, Neyland Stadium will truly be a showplace as both a venue and as an icon on the landscape of college sports.

For now, however, it looks a bit rough…

Actually, it sort of looks like someone set off a bomb somewhere near the intersection of Phillip Fulmer Way and Peyton Manning Pass … a big one.

Anyway, my fellow Gate-ian (if Shakespeare can make up words I can too) “Home Sweet Home” decided to go out and document the state of the stadium for everyone — with his camera.  Thus, below are a few shots to show you exactly how the Home of the Vols looks at present, giving you a chance to see the View From the Hill … err … the view from the Speech Pathology Building.

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All photos by Home Sweet Home / Gate 21

As you can see, Neyland has looked better, but take heart, there are great things on the horizon.

The New Entrance to Neyland Stadium

The New Entrance to Neyland Stadium

In the meantime, I wouldn’t be scheduling any stadium tours…

– So it goes Email lawvol

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2 Responses to “Neyland Stadium: Nevermind the Dust”

  • RustyNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for posting the pics. Glad I got some photos this year, as I don’t know how I feel about that new facade right now. Not like it’ll keep me from going to games though.

  • hooperNo Gravatar says:

    I’m a huge fan of the renovations, for the most part. As always, I really hope it doesn’t result in the subtraction of fan noise (like most luxury renovations do), but it’s going to be a beautiful exterior that will blend in with the rest of campus very nicely. I wish they’d continue the red brick / cement trim theme all the way up the West Face, but I’m glad they have it as the foundation at least.

    I do wish they’d find a way to make that Power T on the front larger, though. A lot larger.

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