Demolition plans approved for Stokely Center

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee has received approval to demolish Stokely Athletics Center, the former home court of its men's and women's basketball teams.

The State Building Commission approved demolition plans for Stokely and the Gibbs Hall dormitory during its Thursday meeting in Nashville. The university issued a release saying it hopes to have both buildings removed by next summer.

Plans currently call for a 1,000-space parking garage, a 33,000-square-foot residence hall and the expansion of football practice fields to fill the space left by Stokely and Gibbs. The commission will consider project budgets and proposed building locations at its October meeting.

The Stokely Athletics Center opened in 1958 and closed in December 2012. The Tennessee men's basketball team played at Stokely from 1959-87, and the women's team played there from 1976-87.

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