New sports network means new broadcast studio at UT

(WBIR-Knoxville) A $10 million broadcast studio is nearing completion at the University of Tennessee.

The Ray and Lucy Hand Digital Studio will be used as part of the new SEC Network, which launched Thursday evening.

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"I view this as an investment to tell Tennessee's story and to be a great partner with the SEC Network," said Chris Fuller, the senior associate athletic director at UT.

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Crews started building this state of the art studio and broadcasting center in April 2013. Each SEC school must have dedicated space for the network.

It'll be located at the Lawson Athletic Center, near Thompson-Boling Arena.

"It will be unique visually with the view of the studio, it'll have from the outside from street level, so it'll be unique in that aspect," Fuller added.

The construction here is expected to wrap up by the end of the month. Then it's moving cameras and wiring the building, expected to be done by October.

"We'll have great ability to tailor this space to make it uniquely appropriate for our student athletes and whoever uses that space which I really think will be unique," Fuller said.

A private donation funded the new facility. When it's not used for the SEC Network, broadcast students can use this facility as well.


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