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The largest undertaking of its kind in school history, Vandy United represents a bold step for Vanderbilt Athletics. A $300 million investment in student-athletes and athletics programs, the Vandy United Fund will support major facilities and operational enhancements. It will elevate each sport at Vanderbilt, transform the athletics footprint on campus, build the best student-athlete experience in college sports and create an immersive game day experience for Commodore Nation. 

In support of the university’s FutureVU initiative, the Vandy United projects will also include the transformation of Jess Neely Drive. Set to close permanently to vehicular traffic in January 2023, the roadway will become a pedestrian and bicycle-centric environment to enhance the connection between the Athletics Neighborhood and the main campus, as well as, provide the Vanderbilt community with a new green space.  


Basketball Operations & North End Zone 

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  • Located in the current north end zone of FirstBank Stadium 
  • Multi-floor building with two practice gyms spanning more than 90,000 square feet 
  • New student-athlete locker rooms and lounges 
  • New weight room 
  • New athletic training facility 
  • Premium hospitality areas 
  • New video board to enhance football game day experience 
  • New premium seating in addition to loge boxes for football game days 
  • Visiting football locker room 
  • New north concourse expansion connecting FirstBank Stadium’s east and west concourses 
  • Convenient access to Memorial Gymnasium 

Updated Renderings of Basketball Operations Center: 

South End Zone 

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  • Replacing current south end zone seating bowl of FirstBank Stadium 
  • Multi-floor building spanning more than 130,000 square feet 
  • Football game day locker room 
  • Student-athlete training table and dining facility, five times larger than current dining facility 
  • New diverse premium seat offerings for football game days, including living room boxes, loge boxes, club seating, field-level seating, founders’ suites, club suites and open-air tailgate suites 
  • Renovated concourse twice as large as current footprint, also doubling the number of concession stands with expanded offerings 
  • New videoboard and stadium acoustics system 

Football Operations & McGugin Center 

  • Expanding square footage of McGugin Center by more than 175 percent 
  • New academic center doubling the size of current student-athlete academic center 
  • Football locker room and lounge area 
  • Football weight room 
  • All-sports athletic training room to more than double in size 
  • Hydrotherapy and recovery areas 
  • Student-athlete nutrition stations 
  • New sport science lab 
  • Team meeting rooms 
  • Coaches’ offices 
  • New Olympic sports weight room featuring more than 150 percent more square footage than existing weight room 
  • New Olympic sports locker rooms, with more than twice the space of current footprint 

Football Indoor Practice Facility 

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  • Situated on footprint of current football practice field 
  • More than 100,000 square feet 
  • 120-yard artificial turf football field 
  • Fully climate controlled which facilitates year-round training 

Tennis Facility 

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  • Five current courts in the indoor portion to be renovated into a more generous four court configuration and additional circulation space 
  • Five new indoor courts and two outdoor courts will be added 
  • New seating options to provide unobstructed viewing of all courts, air conditioning, new upward-facing LED lighting and insulated walls with ball-resistant covering 
  • All existing student-athlete and coaches’ facilities will be renovated 
  • It will exceed all requirements needed to host all levels of NCAA postseason competition

Jess Neely Transformation

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  • Transforming Jess Neely Drive into a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly green space
  • Enhancing the connection between the Athletics Neighborhood and main campus
  • Supporting the university’s FutureVU initiative by making campus more walkable, bikeable and sustainable
  • Installing updated utilities and infrastructure to support the other Vandy United capital projects


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Managed by Barton Malow Construction, the team provides the latest updates about the construction progress. (website coming soon) 

For the latest Vandy United updates, visit 


Dec. 22, 2022: Jess Neely Drive to permanently close to create pedestrian, bicycle-friendly greenway

Jan. 24, 2023: Vandy United Construction Impact | Ongoing work impacting areas around FirstBank Stadium and Hawkins Field