Fields Project is Underway 3/6/02

Work began in earnest March 4 on the McGugin Center fields project, which will culminate with a modern synthetic grass being installed on a portion of the area along with construction of a soccer/lacrosse stadium.

All former fences and light poles have been removed and the entire field from Natchez Trace to the Curry Tennis Center is being regraded and prepared for future steps. Storm sewers, a new water supply and several other phases will occur in the upcoming weeks.

The area closest to Natchez Trace will be where the artificial grass is installed. Vanderbilt is still in the process of selecting which new brand of synthetic grass it will use.

There will be a natural grass area in the middle of the area for use by the football team. Coach Johnson had considered making his entire practice field artificial but decided natural grass would come in handy for some game preparation.

The soccer/lacrosse stadium will be excellent. It will be located between the natural grass football field and its own playing surface (sitting north-south) and has a seating capacity of 2,400. Underneath the stadium are team rooms for home and visitors, rest rooms and a concession stand. Atop the stadium will be an announcer's booth.

The entire project, estimated to cost $5.3 million, is anticipated being complete by August for the beginning of football practice and soccer season.


Vanderbilt Athletic Department
2601 Jess Neely Drive
Nashville, TN 37212
615-322-GOLD (4653)