About the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center
Adjacent to the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center is Haslam Field, home to Tennessee's outdoor football practice fields.
Completed in 1989 at a cost of $11 million, the 120,000-square-foot, two-level structure is named in memory of former Vols head football coach and athletics director General Robert R. Neyland (1926-1962) and Knoxville businessman B. Ray Thompson.
The main level of the facility features a new 120-yard AstroTurf Gameday Grass 3DH field, provided by Dalton (Ga.)-based AstroTurf, LCC. The new field, installed in October 2010, simulates the feel and performance of real grass and also includes details like the checkerboard end zones and Power T at midfield.
Updated in 2009, the Tennessee football Hall of Fame display is located in the lobby of the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center.
The field sits under a 65-foot ceiling and is named in honor of Chattanooga businessman and UT alumnus Robert E. White, who donated $1 million to finance initial construction of the field and support five full athletic scholarships on an annual basis.
The Sports Center also includes an equipment distribution center and a locker storage center directly outside the players' locker room. Also nearby on the ground floor is a players' lounge.
At the front entrance of the Sports Center, the Tennessee Football Hall of Fame Exhibit brings UT football to life. Opened in February 1990 and renovated in 2009, the museum stands as a tribute to the many people who have helped shape more than 100 years of Tennessee football.
The upper level of the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center overlooks the practice field and has four observation decks. A large observation balcony, next to the recruiting office, looks down into the Hall of Fame Exhibit.
The upper level houses coaches' offices, conference rooms, a team auditorium, individual position meeting rooms and a recruiting lounge. Each assistant coach has his own office, and there are conference rooms for the offensive and defensive staffs along with a large meeting room for the entire coaching staff. Each position has a separate meeting room, and the team auditorium, with more than 100 oversized seats, includes a projection room.