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University of Tennessee plans revamp of baseball stadium

The athletics department of the University of Tennessee has announced a series of planned upgrades to Lindsey Nelson Stadium as it looks to become one of the leading college baseball venues in the US.

The stadium serves as the home of the university’s baseball team, the Volunteers. Improvements planned at the venue will include enhanced player development areas, more seating for fans, wider concourses, more concession stands and restrooms, and luxurious premium sections.

The university is seeking feedback from fans on the plans, with several potential seating options on the table. Options include suites, porches, club seats, MVP seats, four-seat loge boxes and four-seat tables, with deposits ranging from $1,000 (£799/€936) to $250.

The suites would be placed above the grandstand and provide prime views of the field. Luxury suites can hold 20 guests and would include chairs, barstools and an operable glass door.

Porch areas will include 20 tickets as well as a grill, heater, table with high-top chairs and the opportunity for fans to bring their own food and beverages. Club seats would be located behind home plate and provide access to an indoor viewing area, with MVP suites featuring padded chairback seating with cup holders and access to an interior club room.

Loge boxes would be located along the third baseline and include access to a private bar and a climate-controlled club behind home plate, while the four-seat tables would be located close to the field.

The expected completion date and formal construction timeline is still to be determined. The university will use deposits placed by fans to fund the renovations.

Lindsey Nelson Stadium has a current capacity of 4,283. The university has not disclosed what the capacity would be following the renovations.

“We don’t have to be the biggest stadium in college baseball, but let’s be the best – the most unique,” University of Tennessee athletics director Danny White told the Knoxville News Sentinel. “With our fans, we can do that if we do this project right.”

White added: “We need to do a better job with the new stadium of providing better experiences. The fan experience needs to get better at the new stadium.”

Image: Tennessee Fund