There are only three things guaranteed in life: death, taxes, and that The University of Tennessee will be under constant construction until the absolute end of time. This has served as a positive for the most part, with many buildings that were past their glory days being taken down in favor of a much better building. UT is far from finished with their desire for keeping campus as up-to-date as humanly possible, with a lot of construction that feels a little bit unnecessary. At The Black Sheep, we’ve decided to help out by creating a list of buildings that we might as well just add to the demolition list. (Demo-list-ion? No? Okay.)
5.) Hodges Library:
Hodges is a building that most do not even realize still exists on campus, as it is rarely used these days. Located completely out of the way of the rest of campus and with no architectural design that makes it stand out or look anything like a massive stack of Lego blocks, Hodges is easily the next building UT could get started on the demolition process of. The only issue will be the extraordinarily heavy doors, which may be able to withstand all destruction up to and including a nuclear apocalypse.
4.) Stokely Hall:
It feels like Stokely Hall has been present on campus for far too long already. Truly one of UT’s most ancient and virtually forgotten buildings, it would make all of the financial sense in the world to tear down one of UT’s many grandfather buildings. The building is essentially falling apart itself already, so it might just be easier to go ahead and give it the push so desperately needed – that push being very heavy machinery.
3.) The entire Hill:
While many on campus might mourn for the loss of the stairs they had once so gleefully climbed at 8 a.m. every Monday morning, it does seem as if one of UT’s most popular class locations might be ready to say goodbye to its positive location and fair-on-the-calves elevation of position. It would be quite the disappointment if UT was to replace the Hill with a boring, less upward alternative.
2.) Estabrook Building:
Being one of the more recent built building on campus, at a ripe, young age of merely 120 years old, it might seem a little too soon to bring this building to the Earth. However, UT has demolished buildings less than a decade old before, so it would not be impossible to assume that Estabrook has been mentioned one or twice in the past as a possibility.
1.) Neyland Stadium:
This should really come as no surprise. Possibly one of UT’s biggest wastes of space. Neyland Stadium is essentially begging to come down at this point. As it serves no functional purpose on campus (and has not done so since 1998), it feels natural to replace this empty lot of land with a new basketball arena dedicated to the Lady Vols, a team that UT is proud of. This will make UT’s journey to becoming a basketball school far more efficient.
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