Flying all the way from Los Angeles to Knoxville, this University of Tennessee Vol reminded us that even with some rocky seasons of late, fans still fill Neyland Stadium. At capacity, UT can seat 102, 455 — an impressive number in a venue voted Best College Football Stadium by The Sporting News.
Big Orange Fans? Ya gotta love ’em, ’cause numbers are impressive. Win or lose, UT Vols can still pack ’em in!
More numbers on Neyland Stadium, home of The Vols:
- 1919: W. T. Shields, UT Trustee and bank president provides money for a Knoxville stadium
- 1921: Shields-Watkins field opens, named after Shields and his wife Alice Watkins
- September 24, 1921: Inaugural game in Shields-Watkins agains Emory and Henry with a seating capacity of 3200
- 1926: Grandstand added with additional 3600 seats, and Robert R. Neyland named head of the football program
- October 20, 1962: Dedication game as Neyland Stadium (Alabama 27, Tennessee 7)
- September 16, 1972: First night game at Neyland Stadium (Tennessee 28, Penn State 21)
- 2004: UT approves $200 million expansion plan to be executed in five phases
- September 18, 2004: Largest crowd: 109, 061 (Tennessee 30, Florida 28)
- Since attendance records were kept in 1946, over 25 million fans have watched Tennessee play football in Neyland Stadium!
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