Vanderbilt Releases Details of New Basketball Facility and Premium Football Seating
With work beginning on the early stages of the Vandy United projects, Vanderbilt Stadium is expected to have a construction area outside the back of the north end zone this fall as the Commodores build a new facility. operations for their men’s and women’s basketball programs. The university released more details about the project on Monday as athletic director Candice Storey Lee spoke with Vandy United’s lead architect in a 33-minute video that showcased plans and renderings of the building. Vanderbilt said in a press release that the project is expected to be completed by the start of the 2024 football season.
Lee and Al Harris — lead architect for Populous, the Kansas City-based firm working with the university on Vandy United projects — talked about a four-story basketball operations building that will include practice courts and separate offices for each program as well as shared spaces. workout facilities such as a weight room, hydrotherapy, and workout table. Additionally, it will feature premium seating for football matches on the face of the building that will adjoin the north end zone.
“What you see here are the projects that are publicly announced,” Lee said. “There is more work to come, but we are very deliberate about releasing it when we have more concrete information.”
The basketball building will also be connected to the Memorial Gymnasium via a bridge off the football hall. Inside the approximately 90,000 square foot facility, there will be lounges for boosters to watch men’s and women’s basketball practices on balconies overlooking the courts. The men’s program will be based on the ground floor with the women’s program above.
Due to space constraints, Lee and Harris indicated that Vanderbilt chose to expand upwards. Players and team staff will use a private entrance on the east side of the building, while fans passing through the building to reach their seats for football matches will pass through a public entrance near the stadium’s current Gate 1 Vanderbilt.
“This is one of our biggest workout facilities that we’ve designed at Populous,” Harris said. “I think it’s probably going to be one of the biggest in the country, but it’s not about size for us. It’s about fit, and we think this building will fit Vanderbilt.”
Vanderbilt currently has a small number of premium seats in the north end area, but the new seats appear to expand current offerings based on renderings. While the Vanderbilt Stadium concourse currently stops at the north end zone on either side, it will wrap around in a full oval once the projects are complete.
“It’s something we’ve done before,” Harris said of the building. “There aren’t many of these types of buildings like this in the country, but we’ve done it before – as I said – and we’re very confident it absolutely works.”