Chattanooga area residents who head up to Knoxville at the end of the month for the first University of Tennessee football game will find quite a change alongside Volunteer Boulevard near Neyland Stadium.
In recent days, workers have completed the final demolition of Stokely Athletics Center, and it is now an open field of dirt as workers prepare to construct a new dorm, a football practice field addition and a parking garage in the large block.
Several weeks ago, work was completed on the demolition of the adjacent former athletic dorm, Gibbs Hall.
Stokely, which was built in 1958 and expanded in 1966, saw a number of memorable basketball games involving such UT coaches as Ray Mears, Don DeVoe and Pat Summitt. Numerous concerts featuring big-name performers were also held there.