Travel theme: Numbers

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!

Vol fan

Seating capacity of Neyland Stadium, home of The Tennessee Vols!

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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For more numbers in Ailsa’s Where’s My Backpack challenge — Travel theme: Numbersclick here.


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Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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8 Responses to Travel theme: Numbers

  1. Pingback: The number three and Distance from Seoul | rfljenksy – Practicing Simplicity

  2. A number that you overlooked: Width of each seat, in order to cram 102,455 in the place: nineteen and a half inches!

    • You are so right! We sit backside to backside in our seats, and our knees jab the folks in front of us while we get the same treatment from behind us!!! It’s even worse if fans from opposing teams buy tickets nearby — too close for comfort! Thanks for reminding me that not all numbers in Neyland are good!

  3. My wife graduated from UT, so she gets it. 🙂 –Curt

  4. Thanks! If you ever get a chance to come here on game day, you’ll love the excitement! The cheer we love best? “It’s great . . . to be . . . a Tennessee Vol”!

  5. Amy says:

    The Best College Football Stadium, Wow! Congratulations to UT 🙂 Great numbers, Rusha.

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