UT cuts ribbon on new intramural fields

UT cuts ribbon on new intramural fields

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The $14 million RecSports Complex is located on Sutherland Avenue. Construction took two years. The $14 million RecSports Complex is located on Sutherland Avenue. Construction took two years.
"We're concerned about excessive lighting and noise. We just don't know how that's going to play out," said David Williams, with the Pawn Gap Neighborhood Association. "We're concerned about excessive lighting and noise. We just don't know how that's going to play out," said David Williams, with the Pawn Gap Neighborhood Association.
"They just stopped coming," said Rodney Regan, with Farm Fresh Produce. "They weren't here anymore. Everyone was gone. We had to struggle to pick back up." "They just stopped coming," said Rodney Regan, with Farm Fresh Produce. "They weren't here anymore. Everyone was gone. We had to struggle to pick back up."
"We've never had any real space before. We had one little field on campus," explained Rex Pringle, UT's Director of Recreational Sports. "We've never had any real space before. We had one little field on campus," explained Rex Pringle, UT's Director of Recreational Sports.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – UT held a grand ribbon cutting Friday night for its new recreation fields. But not everyone shares the same enthusiasm for the new facility.

The $14 million RecSports Complex is located on Sutherland Avenue. Construction took two years.

Now, several intramural teams have 38 acres to play on. The fields support rugby, soccer, and flag football, among other field sports that more than 10,000 students take part in.

"We've never had any real space before. We had one little field on campus," explained Rex Pringle, UT's Director of Recreational Sports.

UT tore down student housing in 2011 to make room for the new fields. The demolition forced at least five local businesses to close or move.

Those that stayed open, like Farm Fresh Produce, struggled.

"They just stopped coming," said Rodney Regan, with Farm Fresh Produce. "They weren't here anymore. Everyone was gone. We had to struggle to pick back up."

The business expects more traffic with the new fields. But some neighbors do have concerns.

"We're concerned about excessive lighting and noise. We just don't know how that's going to play out," said David Williams, with the Pawn Gap Neighborhood Association.

"As far as light goes, the light is very friendly to the area and community because we want to be good neighbors," said Pringle. "As far as sound, there will be sound when the games are on. But as soon as they're done, it's gone."

The fields will also host teams from other schools. In the past, UT hasn't really been able to do that.

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