Fields Project is Underway 3/6/02
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
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.
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.