We Are Vandy United

The Vision for Vanderbilt Athletics

About Vandy United

The largest undertaking of its kind in school history, Vandy United represents a bold step for Vanderbilt Athletics. A $300 million investment in student-athletes and athletics programs, the Vandy United Fund will support major facilities and operational enhancements. It will elevate each sport at Vanderbilt, transform the athletics footprint on campus, build the best student-athlete experience in college sports, and create an immersive gameday experience for Commodore Nation.

#VandyUnited Construction Cams: Follow all the Vandy United progress with our live construction cams! There is a view of the north end zone, and a view of the south end zone.

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Latest Updates

South End Zone Premium Seating Experiences Unveiled

(May 2024) Vanderbilt today announced it is accepting deposits for south end zone premium seating experiences at FirstBank Stadium. Supporters have the exclusive opportunity to be among the first to secure club seats for the 2025 football season, as Vandy United keeps reimagining FirstBank Stadium for better and better game day experiences.

By making a $150 deposit per seat by June 30, supporters will be included in the initial seat selection for the 2025 Vanderbilt football season (north end zone premium seating will be open for the 2024 season). Seat deposits are for club seats only (Field Club, Commodore Club, Loge Boxes and Living Room Boxes). Deposits are nonrefundable and do not guarantee seats, but they will be applied to the 2025 seat donation. Fans interested in a south end zone suite should contact the National Commodore Club at 615-322-4114 or ncc@vanderbilt.edu.

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Bold Gift Fuels Future of Vanderbilt Basketball

(May 2024)  Vanderbilt today announced a $20 million gift to help reimagine the future of men’s and women’s basketball. An anonymous alumnus will match qualifying gifts and pledges from alumni, up to $20 million, to support the basketball operations center and practice facility.

As part of Vandy United’s Dare to Grow phase, the donor will match select gifts to all Vandy United initiatives in a new giving opportunity for former student-athletes and select alumni to support future generations of Commodores. This matching gift initiative is extended to all former Vanderbilt student-athletes and any alumni celebrating a special Reunion in 2024. This year, the university recognizes the classes of 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2019.

 

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Construction Update: Vanderbilt Legends Club

(April 2024) Vanderbilt Athletics and the National Commodore Club are excited to present the latest updates on the golf teams’ facility at the Vanderbilt Golf Legends Club construction. Watch as Mark Carter, senior associate athletic director, and head golf coaches Scott Limbaugh and Greg Allen take us on a behind-the-scenes tour. Follow along to see the team clubhouse construction, the already completed Lewis Conner, Sr. Short Game Practice Facility, and the strokes gained area. Scheduled to open this spring, the golf project will be the first completed Vandy United project, welcoming a new era of opportunity for Vanderbilt Golf student-athletes and alumni.

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Construction Update: Drone Tour

(April 2024)

FirstBank Stadium Premium Seating Experiences Launch

(January 2024) New premium seating experiences are here for the 2024 Vanderbilt football season, and game day at FirstBank Stadium will come to life like never before.

The introduction of north end zone premium seating marks another important milestone in Vandy United’s ongoing commitment to an unforgettable game day experience. As part of the university’s historic Dare to Grow campaign, Vandy United continues to reimagine the footprint of Vanderbilt Athletics. With north end zone seating available now and south end zone premium experiences available beginning in the 2025 season, Vanderbilt’s most passionate supporters can take a leadership role in supporting the future of Vanderbilt Athletics while enjoying a standard of comfort and amenities unmatched in our proud history.

 

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Updated South End Zone Renderings

(December 2023) Vanderbilt Athletics and the National Commodore Club are thrilled to unveil new renderings of the South End Zone at FirstBank Stadium. The South End Zone will revolutionize the fan experience while catering to the needs of student-athletes. Set to open its doors in 2025, the South End Zone furthers our commitment to creating the best student-athlete and fan experience in the country. Features of the South End Zone includes premium seating, suites, exclusive club areas, a dedicated student-athlete training table and dining facility, as well as a cutting-edge football game day locker room.

For those interested in learning more, please fill out our premium seating interest form below. Additional information will be released in early 2024.

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Construction Update: An inside look at Vandy United

(November 2023) Vandy United construction is in full swing. Vanderbilt is thrilled to share this exclusive look at our progress on the north and south end zones at FirstBank Stadium, the basketball operations center and the Vanderbilt Golf Team Clubhouse.

The video and announcement earlier this month about the final steel beam being placed in the basketball operations center and practice facility reveal that we are well on our way to transforming the Vanderbilt Athletics experience—for our student-athletes and for the Commodore faithful.

Topping Out of Frame for Basketball Practice Facility

(November 2023) Placement of the final steel beam for the basketball operations center and practice facility on Nov. 2 marked the latest important milestone in the historic and ongoing Vandy United effort, part of the university’s $3.2 billion Dare to Grow campaign.  Vanderbilt, in collaboration with construction firm Barton Malow, has accomplished another construction milestone. The “topping out” of the basketball operations center was completed with the placement today of the last structural piece.

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Lead Gift Launches Hawkins Field Enhancements

(September 2023) Vanderbilt University announced an opportunity for former Vanderbilt baseball student-athletes to take the lead in shaping the future of Hawkins Field. An anonymous Vandy baseball alumnus and his alumna spouse will match all qualifying gifts and pledges by other baseball alumni, up to $10 million. With this significant lead gift, the donors hope to challenge baseball alumni and inspire all supporters to join them in ushering in the next era for the iconic home of the two-time national champions.

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Hawkins Field Enhancements

(May 2023) Vanderbilt revealed artistic renderings for major enhancements to Hawkins Field, home of Vanderbilt baseball and the two-time national champion VandyBoys. A cornerstone of Vandy United’s recently announced Dare to Grow phase, the Hawkins Field initiative creates extensive premium seating opportunities, expands capacity and reimagines the game day experience for supporters of one of college baseball’s most successful programs.

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Vandy United Dare to Grow Phase

(May 2023) Vanderbilt University announced that the ongoing Vandy United campaign achieved its initial $300 million fundraising goal. This first phase represents the largest campaign in the history of Vanderbilt athletics and ushers in a new era of historic investment in student-athletes and the athletics experience. An integral part of Vanderbilt’s recently launched $3.2 billion Dare to Grow campaign, the largest in the university’s 150-year history, Vandy United’s next phase looks to build on its foundation with more facilities and operational enhancements.

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Frist Athletics Village

(April 2023) Vanderbilt University announced an unprecedented philanthropic gift from Vanderbilt trustee Jennifer R. Frist, BS’93, and William R. (Billy) Frist to support Vandy United, another bold step forward in the landmark campaign.

The establishment of the Frist Athletics Village honors one of the largest gifts in Vanderbilt Athletics history. The complex encompasses the entirety of the campus neighborhood that is currently home to Vanderbilt Athletics. The area includes FirstBank Stadium, Memorial Gymnasium, Hawkins Field, the Lummis Family Tennis Center, the McGugin Center and Ingram Center for Student-Athlete Success.

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Official Groundbreaking

(February 2023) Vanderbilt marked a major milestone in the Vandy United campaign with a groundbreaking ceremony on Feb. 8. As construction begins on the basketball operations center, Chancellor Daniel Diermeier, Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletic Director Candice Lee and leadership-level donors gathered to celebrate and reflect on Vandy United’s progress toward transforming the athletics footprint on campus and redefining what is possible for Vanderbilt.

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Vanderbilt Legends Club Enhancements

(January 2023)  Vanderbilt unveiled artists’ renderings detailing approximately $11 million in significant upgrades to men’s and women’s golf teams’ facilities at the Vanderbilt Legends Club, reaffirming its longstanding commitment to the home that has helped Commodores grow into SEC and NCAA champions.

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Ingram Center for Student-Athlete Success

(October 2022) Vanderbilt announced the creation of the Ingram Center for Student-Athlete Success, to be funded with part of the lead gift to the Vandy United campaign made by longtime supporter and Board of Trust member John R. Ingram. Housed within a central location in the McGugin Center, this initiative represents a restructured approach to how Vanderbilt Athletics will support academic, personal and career development.

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Updated Renderings of Basketball Operations Center

(October 2022) The latest detailed renderings of the basketball operations center and men’s and women’s practice courts

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Latest Progress Discussion with Candice Lee

(April 2022) Candice Lee, Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and athletic director, discusses the progress with Al Harris, Principal, Senior Architect at Populous

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FirstBank Stadium Premium Areas 2022

(June 2022) Upgrades made to the suite level and bridge seating for the 2022 football season.

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Stadium Naming Rights

(August 2022) Vanderbilt University and FirstBank have signed a 10-year football stadium naming rights and campus collaboration agreement.

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Tennis Facility Renderings Unveiled

(September 2022) Upgrades, renovations will position tennis center among nation’s best

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Projects

  • Located in current north end zone of FirstBank Stadium
  • Multi-floor building with two practice gyms spanning more than 90,000 square feet
  • New student-athlete locker rooms and lounges
  • New weight room
  • New athletic training facility
  • Convenient access to Memorial Gymnasium

  • Premium hospitality areas
  • New videoboard to enhance football game day experience
  • New premium seating in addition to loge boxes for football game days
  • Visiting football locker room
  • New north concourse expansion connecting FirstBank Stadium’s east and west concourses

  • Replacing current south end zone seating bowl of FirstBank Stadium
  • Multi-floor building spanning more than 130,000 square feet
  • Football game day locker room
  • Student-athlete training table and dining facility, five times larger than current dining facility
  • New diverse premium seat offerings for football game days, including living room boxes, loge boxes, club seating, field-level seating, founders’ suites, club suites and open-air tailgate suites
  • Renovated concourse twice as large as current footprint, also doubling the number of concession stands with expanded offerings
  • New videoboard and stadium acoustics system

  • Expanding current square footage of McGugin Center by more than 175 percent
  • New academic center doubling the size of current student-athlete academic center
  • Football locker room and lounge area
  • Football weight room
  • All-sports athletic training room to more than double in size
  • Hydrotherapy and recovery areas
  • Student-athlete nutrition stations
  • New sport science lab
  • Team meeting rooms
  • Coaches’ offices
  • New Olympic sports weight room featuring more than 150 percent more square footage than existing weight room
  • New Olympic sports locker rooms, with more than twice the space of current footprint

  • Situated on footprint of current football practice field
  • More than 100,000 square feet
  • 120-yard artificial turf football field
  • Fully conditioned, which facilitates year-round training

  • All existing student-athlete and coaches’ facilities will be renovated
  • New seating options to provide unobstructed viewing of all courts, air conditioning, new upward-facing LED lighting, and insulated walls with ball-resistant covering
  • It will exceed all requirements needed to host all levels of NCAA postseason competition

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  • Renovate and expand the existing team clubhouse facilities.
  • A new lobby, hall of fame, team lounge, locker rooms, meeting rooms, fitness area, outdoor terraces and offices.
  • Renovate and expand the Cleo and Lewis Conner, Sr. Short Game Facility and driving range tee boxes.
  • Enhanced putting greens with different types of grasses to better mirror playing conditions on competition courses.
  • A new strokes gained area to continue to help student-athletes train more efficiently and reach their full potential.
  • Modify chipping areas to create more length for a wider array of shots.

Naming Rights Opportunities

  • Second grandstand level
  • Multiple innovative club spaces, including left-field wall and behind-the-plate seating
  • Multiple private suite opportunities
  • 360-degree stadium experience
  • Hawkins Field entry atrium
  • Multi-purpose building

 

 

Support Vandy United

Vanderbilt will invest $100 million toward the campaign and has secured an additional $100 million in donor gifts, including a $10 million gift from John R. Ingram, a Board of Trust member and longtime supporter of Vanderbilt Athletics. Now, Vanderbilt is reaching out to the entire Commodore Nation to help support the future of Vanderbilt Athletics.