Engel Stadium's overhaul will cost more than twice as much as expected

Engel Stadium is seen in this file photo.

NASHVILLE - Tennessee State Building Commission members on Thursday approved a planned 11-acre intramural sports complex at UTC's historic Engel Stadium.

But they first questioned how the proposal more than doubled from a $3 million plan outlined in the state's 2015-2016 budget document.

"Just one question," House Speaker Beth Harwell asked University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro as he presented a list of projects, including the Chattanooga campus' planned complex. "The disclosed project cost was $3 million, yet the probable costs of the consultants were over $7 million. That's more than double the disclosed amount."

Robbi Stivers, executive director of UT's Office of Capitol Projects, explained to Harwell and other building commission members the project outlined in last year's budget document has since grown to $7.7 million with plans to develop up to four multipurpose fields, a clubhouse, disc golf and a walking track.