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Anchor Drop, August 30, 2023: The stadium construction thing

This is getting weird.

NCAA Football: Tennessee at Vanderbilt Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning.

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Kind of a slow day newswise, but this is officially getting weird:

And... what?

For some reason, blaming Vanderbilt for the media/internet reaction to FirstBank Stadium being under construction during the season is a popular move. And I don’t get it. Approximately everyone who’s been to the stadium in recent years has come away saying “this place is a dump that’s about 40 years out of date.” Hell, I was saying that in approximately 2007. It’s a tribute to Cold War-era concrete and a place where during a day game you can just sit there and bake and at a night game in November you can freeze your ass off in rain, because there’s literally nothing protecting the fans from the elements. It’s also mostly bleacher seating except for a handful of season-ticket holder seats.

This wasn’t going to require a facelift; this was going to require a major project. Instead of saying “wow, Vanderbilt is renovating their stadium? About time they did that,” the media and internet reaction has instead been “HOW DARE THEY HAVE SEATING REMOVED, BUT ESPECIALLY THE SEATS WHERE OPPOSING FANS SIT?”

As far as who’s at fault, it’s certainly not Vanderbilt’s fault that people on the internet are dumb. That said...

It doesn’t seem to be Vanderbilt fans who are the problem here. Vanderbilt has no obligation to talk to Tennessee fans, who are the biggest complainers about this (and a group that ironically includes University of Tennessee alumnus Braden Gall.)

This is, again, incredibly stupid.

In other news, men’s basketball released its nonconference schedule, though game times are not set as of yet. The main site also had an article about Tyrin Lawrence’s summer internship.

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