Tennessee Athletics unveil Anderson training facility upgrades and expansion plan

Tennessee Athletics on Thursday unveiled approved plans for a $30 million upgrade and expansion of the current 145,000-square-foot Anderson Training Facility, which has served as Tennessee Volunteers’ exclusive football headquarters since 2013.

“When the Anderson Training Center was first built, it was one of the best, if not the best football facilities in the country,” Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics Danny White said. “This renovation aims to bring us back to that level. I am extremely encouraged by the many donors who want to have an impact on this process and help move this project forward, as they understand the benefits that will result for our student-athletes and our football program as a whole.

The student-athlete centered project will include an additional 36,000 square feet and renovate nearly 100,000 square feet of existing space. Planned features include:

  • a renovated, state-of-the-art locker room with new lockers and locker space for current VFL NFL players
  • a full-body recovery lab with floating tanks and cryotherapy chambers designed for optimal recovery
  • an expansion of the current weight room and nutrition center
  • a nap room with energy pods
  • a new and expansive gamers’ lounge with arcades and bowling alleys
  • a fully functional outdoor team clubhouse and full-length basketball court
  • additional meeting rooms

One of the unique aspects of the expansion will benefit the recovery of student-athletes who leave the training field immediately. A chill-down sequence “car wash” will take players to an air-conditioned mud room to drop off their helmets and pads before navigating through a 360-degree shower wall and cold plunge pool. The “car wash” ends with a wall of full-body blow dryers and a refueling station.

“Since arriving in Knoxville, we have emphasized that the student-athlete experience is at the forefront of everything we do,” said head coach Josh Heupel. “The enhancements to the Anderson Training Center will provide current and future volunteers with the most player-friendly experience in the country and an opportunity to maximize their development as we compete for championships. Our program has created significant momentum in a short time, and we are grateful that this initiative is coming to fruition.

Additional details on the facility will be announced later and construction is expected to begin in early 2022.

The $45 million Anderson Training Center, which houses the day-to-day operations of the football program, was officially opened in the spring of 2013. It includes coaching offices, team and position meeting rooms and facilities for strength and conditioning, nutrition, rehabilitation and hydrotherapy.

The facility was named for the leadership support of the Anderson family, including Charlie and Moll Anderson of Knoxville; Terry and Susan Anderson and Charles and Hilda Anderson of Florence, Alabama. Charlie and Terry (and Terry’s son, Carson) played for the Vols.

The Anderson Training Center expansion project is funded by the “My All” campaign. Launching in the summer of 2021, the $500 million “My All” campaign is a global fundraising initiative to ensure Tennessee’s ability to deliver a transformational student-athlete experience for current and future Vols and Lady Vols .

The campaign aims to impact each of Tennessee’s 20 varsity athletic programs by providing championship resources to support student-athlete academic and competitive pursuits.

Fans interested in learning more about how they can participate in the “My All” campaign are encouraged to click on HERE or call the Tennessee Fund at (865) 974-1218.

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