NASHVILLE — It has a glossy appearance, that new-car smell and a $31 million price tag. And it’s open for .
Vanderbilt held a ceremony in its multi-purpose indoor complex on Tuesday. Athletics director David Williams declared the football practice field and track portions of the facility ready for use.
“This is a very special day for us,” Williams said. “This is something that if you had asked me five, six, seven years ago, did I ever think we would have something like this in this place on , my answer would be ‘probably never.’
“But never came real quickly. That just shows you what can be done when we all put our minds and arms together.”
The full-length football field is made of the same Shaw Sports synthetic turf that is in the stadium.
A six-lane, 300-meter Mondo track, which has field-event stations along the outside of the running surface, will host its first meet on Dec. 3. There is an LED board, training room and second-floor viewing/filming areas, with windows in each zone filling the facility with light.