The Tennessee Titans announced plans for $25 million worth of renovations to LP Field to help make the facility state of the art once again.
Many of the planned additions, which the Titans hope will be ready by the beginning of the 2012 season, were things that had been omitted from the original plans in order to help make the $292 million budget when the stadium first opened in 1999. Other additions will help to bring the stadium up to date from a technology and enjoyment standpoint.
Funding for the improvements will come from the $2 per ticket user fee that was tacked on to each ticket sold for events at LP Field, beginning two years ago.
“I think it's important for LP Field to be up to the standards of other NFL stadiums and what they've done around the country,” Titans executive vice president of administration and facilities Don MacLachlan said. “We want to be competitive from a venue standpoint in regards to being able to procure events and bring them here to the great city of Nashville. … It makes sense to do them all right now while we've got the use fee in place and the funding in place. And the users of the facility are the ones that going to be paying for this, not the taxpayers.”
One of those items that was added back in were two banks of six elevators on the southeast and southwest corners to allow fans easier access to and from the upper deck.
Many of the other changes will have an effect on fans' being able to enjoy the game experience more – such as replacing the video boards on both the north and south ends with high definition screens that will be larger and clearer.
There are plans to improve the speaker system by installing approximately 800 speakers near each section of the stadium. Currently, speakers on in the south end zone scoreboard only.
There are plans for an additional restaurants, concession and entertainment areas to be added to the stadium as well, both on the club level and the lower level of the stadium.
There are still several steps that have to be taken in order to turn the improvements from idea to reality, including gaining approval from the Nashville Sports Authority, the Nashville Metro Council. The Titans are hopeful that construction can begin as soon as January.
Those proposals will formally be presented on Oct. 27 and are expected to gain approval. Some members of the council, J.D. Elliott of the Sports Authority and Nashville mayor Karl Dean were on hand at Wednesday's press conference.
“These renovations and improvements are a good investment in an important and highly visible public facility,” Dean said. “They not only will enhance the fan experience, but these improvements protect the city's investment in the stadium in a way that protects Nashville's taxpayers.”