Knoxville, Tennessee Voted Best Sports City in America

Knoxville, Tennessee
Neyland Stadium
Neyland Stadium in Knoxville is the largest NCAA Division 1-A football stadium in the south (104,079). (AP)

On many a Saturday in the fall, more than 106,000 of the Tennessee football team's closest friends squeeze into Neyland Stadium. And given the Volunteers' home attendance numbers in their national-championship season, those folks had better be close friends with each other, too.

Average attendance at Tennessee's six homes games in 1998 was 106,914. That's impressive turned out and out Orange-clad crazy when you consider that Neyland Stadium seats 102,544.

The math: The Vols played to 104 percent capacity at the second-largest college stadium in America (only Michigan's expanded stadium seats more).

Add to that a national title in one of the games most appealing settings and you've got a what Tennessee fans have come to expect and demand from Knoxville's home team:

A winning combination.

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