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Encyclopedia > Vanderbilt Stadium
Vanderbilt Stadium
at Dudley Field

Location Natchez Trace & Jess Neely Dr
Nashville, TN 37235
Opened October 14, 1922 (rebuilt 1981)
Owner Vanderbilt University
Board of Trust
Operator Vanderbilt University
Construction cost $1.5 million
Former names Dudley Field (1922-81)
Tenants
Vanderbilt Commodores Football
Tennessee Oilers (NFL) (1998)
Capacity
39,790 (2004); 41,448 (2003); 41,000 (1981); 34,000 (1960); 22,000 (1922)

Vanderbilt Stadium at Dudley Field is a football stadium located in Nashville, Tennessee. Completed in 1922, it is the home of the football team of Vanderbilt University and also hosted the Tennessee Oilers in 1998. It hosted the first Music City Bowl in 1998, and also hosted the Tennessee state high school football championships for many years. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2048x1536, 2008 KB) Vanderbilt Stadium, Vanderbilt University I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Vanderbilt University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in Nashville, Tennessee. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Nickname: Location in Davidson County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates: Country United States State Tennessee Counties Davidson County Founded: 1779 Incorporated: 1806 Government  - Mayor Bill Purcell (D) Area  - City  526. ... Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... Vanderbilt University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in Nashville, Tennessee. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl presented by Bridgestone is a post-season American college football bowl game certified by the NCAA that has been played in Nashville, Tennessee, since 1998. ...


History

The stadium was originally constructed as Dudley Field in 1922, seating 20,000. Over the years, capacity was raised to 34,000 with the addition of the south stands, completing the horseshoe, and north end zone bleacher stands. It was named for Dr. William Dudley, Dean of the VU Medical College from 1885 until his death in 1914. Dudley was responsible for the formation of the SIAA, the predecessor of the Southern Conference and Southeastern Conference, in 1895, and was also instrumental in the formation of the NCAA in 1906. Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, or SIAA was the first collegiate athletic conference formed in the United States. ... The Southern Conference (or SoCon) is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NCAAs Division I. SoCon football teams compete in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as I-AA). ... The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is a college athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, which operates in the southeastern part of the United States. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ...


The first game played at Dudley Field was between the home-standing Commodores and the powerful University of Michigan Wolverines. A late 4th quarter goal-line stand by the Commodores preserved a 0-0 tie. The following Friday, Hume Fogg, a nearby high school, played a game at Dudley. Senior Jimmie Armistead returned the opening kick for a touchdown, providing the first touchdown ever recorded in the stadium. Armistead would go on to a fine career at Vanderbilt, and was captain and the starting halfback for the 1927 team.


Most of the stadium was demolished in 1980-1981, with the remaining stands on each sideline raised ten feet through the use of 22 hydraulic jacks on each side of the stadium. Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ...


The stadium's maximum capacity after the 1980-81 renovation was 41,448, consisting of a single-decked horseshoe grandstand filled in with wooden bleachers from the original 1960 expansion.


In 2004, Vanderbilt officials removed the unpopular wooden bleachers from the north endzone and replaced them with a visitors' conconcourse that affords any fan in the stadium a field-level, up-close experience with the playing surface. The metal frames for the bleachers were relocated to Mt. Juliet Christian School's football facility in suburban Nashville.


Future plans for the stadium call for its renovation, changing the flavor of the facility to the brick-and-iron style of nearby Hawkins Field, Vanderbilt's baseball stadium, along with construction of a football facility in place of the present concourse and JumboTron. On July 24, 2007, Vanderbilt officials announced they were in the preliminary stages of a stadium renovation plan, with financing, design concept, and date of completion still up in the air. Hawkins Field is a baseball stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. ...


The stadium served as Nashville's main outdoor stadium until the completion of Adelphia Coliseum (now LP Field in 1999. LP Field is a football stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, used primarily as the home stadium of the NFLs Tennessee Titans, but also used by Tennessee State University. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ...


NFL use

Upon moving to Tennessee, the Oilers/Titans franchise initially played at the larger Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis while Adelphia Coliseum was under construction, with the intention of building up a statewide fan-base. Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Largest metro area Nashville Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ...


Dismal attendance during the 1997 season, due in part to the unwillingness of many Nashville fans to make the trip to Memphis, however, led the team to decide to play the 1998 season at the smaller Vanderbilt Stadium, even though Vanderbilt refused to allow the sale of alcohol at the NFL games. The 1997 NFL season was the 78th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1998 NFL season was the 79th regular season of the National Football League. ...


External link

  • Vanderbilt Stadium (from VUCommodores.com)
  • Vandy Stadium might finally join the 21st century (from The Tennessean)
Preceded by
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
1997
Home of the
Tennessee Oilers
1998
Succeeded by
Adelphia Coliseum
(The Coliseum/LP Field)
1999–present

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