KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee Athletic Department announced plans for improvements to Lindsey Nelson Stadium Monday.

With the addition of a lead contribution from Robert M. Lindsay, a long time supporter of Tennessee athletics, the UT administration is able to move forward with plans to upgrade the 14-year-old baseball stadium.

"I am honored to be able to support Tennessee baseball,” Lindsay said. “Because of my father's influence, the University of Tennessee and UT baseball has always been very special to me.”

Lindsay's father, R. M. "Russ" Lindsay, played baseball for the University of Tennessee from 1913-16. In 1915, Russ Lindsay earned All-Southern honors.

Lindsay, a Columbus, Ga., resident and Maryville, Tenn., native, served in the navy during the Korean War and World War II. He also worked for the U.S. State Department before retiring in 1984.

Pending formal approval from the UT Board of Trustees, the baseball field in Lindsey Nelson Stadium will be named in honor of Robert M. Lindsay.

"This is an exciting time for Tennessee baseball,” UT men’s athletic director Mike Hamilton said. “I am grateful to loyal contributors, like Mr. Lindsay, who show their support and faith in our athletic programs.”

Construction on the facility will be completed in two phases. Phase I, which will begin in June once the baseball season is complete, will include a new clubhouse, locker room, weight room, batting cages, coaches offices and additional seating down the first-base line. Phase I will be completed prior to the 2008 baseball season.

Phase II, upon funding approval, will include resurfacing the playing field, a new press box with elevator and additional permanent stands down the third-base line.

"The improvements to Lindsey Nelson Stadium are going to help take UT baseball to the next level in player development, practice capabilities and recruiting,” Vols head coach Rod Delmonico said. “I am thankful to our fans, donors, administration and especially Bob Lindsay for keeping Tennessee baseball a priority.”

For more information on the renovations to Lindsey Nelson Stadium, visit UTsports.com.

The University of Tennessee athletics department is one of less than 10 departments in the country that receives no funds from state subsidies or taxes.