Work begins toward demolition of Vols' former home

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Work has begun toward the demolition of Stokely Athletics Center, the former home floor of the Tennessee men's and women's basketball program.

University officials announced Thursday that workers had started removing asbestos from the interior of Stokely and had begun preliminary demolition work on the upper floors of the Gibbs Hall dormitory. Once asbestos removal is complete, both buildings will be demolished. The demolition should be complete by this summer.

Plans call for a 1,000-space parking garage, a 33,000-square-foot residence hall and an expansion of football practice fields to fill the space left by Stokely and Gibbs.

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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