KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (release) -- The University of Tennessee dedicated the Anderson Training Center this afternoon, Friday, April 19th. The $45 million facility serves as the new home for the Volunteer football program, including offices for coaches and administrators, team and position meeting rooms and a players’ lounge. Additionally, all UT student-athletes benefit from new, state-of-the-art spaces for strength & conditioning, nutrition and rehabilitation.
“The Anderson Training Center sets the standard of excellence for athletic training facilities across the nation,” said Dave Hart, Tennessee Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics. “The leadership of the Anderson family has provided the foundation for the future growth of our football program and our pursuit of comprehensive excellence across our entire athletics program at the University of Tennessee.”
The facility is named in honor of the leadership support of the Anderson family, including Charlie and Moll Anderson of Knoxville, Terry and Susan Anderson and Charlie Sr. and Hilda Anderson, both of Florence, Ala. Charlie is a former student-athlete with the Volunteer football program (1974-76) and served as a Board of Trustee member. He and Moll have been leadership donors to athletics for many years and also have impacted multiple areas of campus with their generosity. Terry also played football at UT and his son, Carson, also played for the Vols and graduated in December 2012.
“We are very thankful for the generosity of Charlie Anderson and his entire family, as well as the many others who made this incredible facility possible,” said Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones. “Those in our football program are very fortunate to have the opportunity to work in the best facility in the nation every day, and the Anderson Train
ing Center is yet another reason why the University of Tennessee is such a special place.”
Features of the Anderson Training Center include:
LaPorte Strength & Conditioning Facility – 22,000-square foot area, which is one of the largest in college athletics, featuring a multi-level weight room and cardio equipment.
Adair-Carlson Student-Athlete Wellness Center – 11,000-square foot rehabilitation and hydrotherapy areas, featuring state-of-the-art resources to prepare student-athletes for competition.
Bronson-Johnson Locker Room – 7,000-square foot team locker room, featuring custom-built oversized lockers and other amenities.
Jonathan Wyatt Team Meeting Room – The new amphitheater-style meeting room features seating for all members of the UT football program.
Dining Hall – The new, state-of-the-art dining hall will open in fall of 2013 and replace the current area used at Gibbs Hall.
Regal Entertainment Group Plaza - located in front of the Anderson Training Center and Brenda Lawson Athletic Center, will welcome guests to the facility and features a water wall and markers commemorating great moments in UT athletics history.
The completion of the Anderson Training Center has allowed the space in the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center, previously occupied by the football program, to be reprogrammed to serve the 110 coaches and administrators that formerly resided in the Stokely Athletics Center. This allows a majority of UT coaches and administrators to work in one facility, enhancing service provided to the athletic department’s student-athletes, which total more than 400.
The combination of the Anderson Training Center and the existing Brenda Lawson Athletic Center, Neyland-Thompson Sports Center, Haslam Field and Robert E. White Indoor Field gives UT the nation’s best facilities to recruit and develop student-athletes for football and all sports.
Plans and fundraising for the facility began in 2007, and use of the Anderson Training Center began in the fall of 2012. The facility was designed jointly by Blankenship and Partners & Cope and Associates, and was built by Blaine Construction of Knoxville.