Vanderbilt stadium improvements to be unveiled on national TV

Vanderbilt stadium improvements to be unveiled on national TV (Image 1)

The Vanderbilt Commodores get to show off their new stadium improvements during Thursday night's season opener against the South Carolina Gamecocks.

The off season renovations include artificial turf, new lights and a 50×72 foot HD jumbotron.

“I think the first thing they're going to see is the jumbotron,” Brock Williams, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities and Game Operations at Vanderbilt, told Nashville's News 2.  “They're going to be overwhelmed with that, that's something we never had before and it's a very powerful piece up there.”

Williams said Head Coach James Franklin was very involved in the decision to go artificial at Dudley Field, allowing the team to use the field year-round.

“He's played on these fields. I think he decided that this is advantageous for us,” Williams has said.

Vanderbilt also added hillside seating where fans will be able to sit on blankets and watch the game from the end zone.

“We're in a new era and Vanderbilt is totally committed to be successful on the field and off the field,” Williams continued.  “You can see all the things that we're doing and we'll continue to do it.”

The words “Anchor Down,” the Commodores new slogan under Coach Franklin, now appear in the new turf near both end zones.

Thursday's game will air live on ESPN.  Kick off is set for 6 p.m.

As of Thursday morning, the game was about 1,000 short of a sell out.

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