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LP Field improvements approved by Sports Authority

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV-AP) -

A proposal to make $26.8 million in improvements at LP Field was approved by the Nashville Sports Authority Monday morning.

Upgrades include:

* A high-definition scoreboard that will be four times the size of the current board
* A hospitality area to host sponsors
* A fan courtyard
* Six high-speed elevators that will transport fans from the lower to upper deck

The cost will be paid for by a current $2 ticket user fee that has been in place for the last two years.  No public money will be used.

Despite some funding concerns raised Monday morning, Titans executive vice president Don MacLachlan promised the public that they won't go over budget.

"We will work within the budget. We have some consultants hired, and we know they're very good at what they do. We're going to rely on them to get bids, work through the Sports Authority and through Metro government and Metro finance will have their hand on the pulse of this every step of the way," said MacLachlan.

Titans leaders plan to begin the improvements on Feb. 1 and have the improvements completed by the fall of 2012.

The Metro Council is scheduled to vote on the plans at their meeting Monday night.

The stadium cost $292 million when it opened in 1999, built through a combination of local and state money along with personal seat license fees, and team officials said some items were stripped from the stadium to stay on budget.

Copyright 2011 WSMV. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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