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Here is the most comprehensive site for The Tennessee Vols gridiron, “Home of The Vols ". The pages were created for the love of The University of Tennessee football. The legendary ABC announcer Keith Jackson noted in his opening monologue prior to the Fiesta Bowl that no school in the country can match Tennessee with football tradition. The pageantry of a cool, crisp Saturday afternoon in Knoxville is truly second to none.


They are the "1998 National Champions", who went undefeated (13-0) for the season. The '98 team was the only team to go 13-0 in school history and is considered the best overall team since 1938. Tee Martin led the Vols to their second consecutive SEC title that year. In 1997, Peyton Manning had helped lead the Vols to their first SEC title since 1990.

During the four years (1994-1997) that Peyton Manning played at Tennessee, he broke 42 records - 2 NCAA, 7 SEC and 33 at Tennessee. Through nine seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, he hasn't missed a game, has won two NFL MVP awards, has carved a still-expanding niche in the NFL record book and earned a long-sought Super Bowl championship. Here's a great site on Peyton Manning: Peyton-Manning.net

Robert Reese Neyland

He remains the all-time winningest coach in Volunteer history with 173 wins in 213 games, 7 Southeastern Conference championships, and 4 national championships. Neyland Stadium at the University of Tennessee is not only named for "The General", but was designed by him. His plans included all expansions that have brought the stadium to its modern day size. Bear Bryant coached against Bob Neyland's Tennessee teams seven times and never beat him. "I never beat him," he said, "but I learned a lot from playing him."


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Nathan Dougherty, considered by many to be the founding father of UT Athletics. Nathan Dougherty, an associate professor of Civil Engineering, was named interim chairman of the University's Athletics Council in 1917 and held this "temporary" position for the next 39 years. During this time, he designed Shields-Watkins Field, helped create the Southeastern Conference, and hired a football coach whose own name would become synonymous with UT football--Robert Reese Neyland.

Neyland Stadium
Neyland Stadium in Knoxville is the largest NCAA Division 1-A football stadium in the south (102,037). (AP)

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Tennessee Leads NCAA Attendance

Although Michigan had a tremendous football record in 1997 and on New Year's Day in the Rose Bowl and Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson, the Wolverines did lose out in one area in which they had been supreme for more than two decades.

Tennessee, thanks to its seating capacity expansion at Neyland Stadium and a colorful quarterback, Peyton Manning, nosed out Michigan in average home attendance.

At home, the Volunteers averaged 106,538 spectators per game. Michigan averaged 106,448 in 1997.






Largest Collegiate Stadiums

1. Michigan Stadium, University of Michigan 109,901

2. Beaver Stadium, Penn State University 107,282

3. Ohio Stadium, Ohio State University 102,329

4. Neyland Stadium, University of Tennessee 102,037

5. Bryant-Denny Stadium, University of Alabama 101,821

TOP TEN NEYLAND STADIUM RECORD CROWDS

Rank

Date

Opponent

Attendance

Results

1.

Sept. 18, 2004

Florida

109,061

Win 30-28

2.

Sept. 16, 2000

Florida

108,768

Lost 27-23

3.

Sept. 21, 2002

Florida

108,722

Lost 30-13

4.

Sept. 5, 2004

UNLV

108,625

Win 42-17

5.

Sept. 29, 2001

LSU

108,472

Win 26-18

6.

Oct. 8, 2005

Georgia

108,470

Lost 27-14

7.

Sept. 2, 2000

Southern Mississippi

108,064

Win 19-16

8.

Oct. 2, 2004

Auburn

107,828

Lost 34-10

9.

Sept. 1, 2001

Syracuse

107,725

Win 33-9

10.

Oct. 21, 2000

Alabama

107,709

Win 20-10

 QUICK FACTS

Capacity:
102,037 - Largest football stadium in the South, fourth-largest college stadium in the country. Has undergone 18 additions/renovations since the West stands were built in 1921, seating 3,200. Latest addition (East sideline club suites), net loss of 2,041 seats in 2006.

First game:
Sept. 24, 1921 - Tennessee 27, Emory & Henry 0.

Dedication game as Neyland Stadium:
Oct. 20, 1962 - Alabama 27, Tennessee 7.

First game on artificial turf:
Sept. 14, 1968 - Tennessee 17, Georgia 17.

Last game on artificial turf:
Nov. 27, 1993 -- Tennessee 62, Vanderbilt 14.

Attendance:
Since attendance records were first kept beginning in the 1950 season, more than 26.51 million fans have watched Big Orange football in Neyland Stadium. An average of 70,007 fans have attended 362 games in 57 years.

Tennessee success at Shields-Watkins Field:
In 85 seasons, the Vols are 411-101-17 at home, a winning percentage of .793.

Consecutive home games without a loss:
55, beginning Oct. 3, 1925, with a 51-0 victory against Emory & Henry and ending Oct. 21, 1933, with a 12-6 loss to Alabama.

Consecutive home wins:
30, beginning Dec. 8, 1928, with a 13-12 win over Florida and ending Oct. 21, 1933, with a 12-6 loss to Alabama.

Consecutive home losses:
4, beginning Nov. 13, 1954, with a 14-0 loss to Florida and ending Oct. 8, 1955, with a 13-0 win against Chattanooga, beginning Sept. 10, 1988, with a 31-26 loss to Duke and ending Nov. 5, 1988, with a 10-7 win against Boston College.

Winning seasons:
Tennessee has had 75 winning seasons in 85 years at Shields-Watkins Field, including 35 undefeated years at home. The last team to go undefeated at home was the 1999 squad, which was 7-0 at Neyland Stadium.

STADIUM RECORD ATTENDANCE:
109,061 - Sept. 18, 2004 - Tennessee 30, Florida 28.

FIRST NIGHT GAME AT NEYLAND STADIUM:
September 16, 1972 Tennessee 28, Penn State 21.




How Neyland Stadium Grew

  
Addition                             Total Capacity
1921  West Stands (17 rows, 3,200 seats)         3,200
1926  East Stands (17 rows, 3,600 seats)         6,800
1930  West Stands (42 rows, 11,060 seats)       17,860
1934  Section X (1500 seats)                    19,360
1938  East Stands (44 rows, 12,030 seats)       31,390
1948  South Stands (horseshoe, 15,000 seats)    46,390
1962  West Upper Deck (press box, 5,137 seats)  51,527
1966  North Stands (end zone, 5,595 seats)      57,122
1968  East Upper Deck (7,307 seats)             64,429
1972  Southwest Upper Deck (6,221 seats)        70,650
1976  Southeast Upper Deck (9,600 seats)        79,250
1980  North Stands (bowl 16,944 total)          89,749
1987  Executive Suites (42 suites, 1,361)       91,110
1990  Seating Adjustment (792 seats)            91,902
1996  North Upper Deck (10,642 seats)          102,544
1997  Seating Adjustment (310 seats)           102,854
2000  Seating Adjustment(78 suites,1250 seats) 104,079
2006  East-Side Club (Net loss, 2,042 seats)   102,037

OTHER INFORMATION

No bottles, cans, cameras, umbrellas, coolers or stadium chairs with arms are allowed in Neyland Stadium. The use of intoxicating liquors in the stadium is prohibited. All articles are subject to search.

WILL CALL
The will call booth is located at Gate 21 in the northwest corner of Neyland Stadium. It opens two hours prior to kickoff. Photo ID will be required.

DIRECTIONS TO THE STADIUM

From Airport: Turn north on U.S. Highway 129 leaving airport. After crossing the Tennessee River bridge just outside of Knoxville, exit on U.S. Highways 11 and 70 (Cumberland Avenue). Turn right at the bottom of the exit ramp and turn right at the second light onto Volunteer Boulevard. Follow Volunteer Boulevard to stadium area.

Neyland Stadium * Knoxville  
From I-40 East (from Nashville) and I-75 North (from Chattanooga): Follow I-40 and I-75 to I-40/I-75 junction in west Knoxville. Continue on I-40 east to U.S. Highway 129 south. Follow 129 south to the exit for Neyland Drive (Tennessee Highway 153). Turn left (south) at the bottom of the exit ramp and follow the road until Thompson-Boling Arena is visible. Turn left onto Lake Loudoun Boulevard. Turn right at stoplight. Follow Phillip Fulmer Way to stadium area.

From I-40 West (from Asheville, N.C.): Follow I-40 west to the James White Parkway exit and exit to the left. Follow Parkway to Neyland Drive (Tennessee Highway 153) until Thompson-Boling Arena is visible. Turn right onto Lake Loudoun Boulevard. Turn right at stoplight. Follow Phillip Fulmer Way to stadium area.

From I-75 South (Lexington, KY): Follow I-75 south to I-275 south just past Merchants Road. Follow I-275 to I-40 east. Exit I-40 east onto James White Parkway and follow Parkway to Neyland Drive (Tennessee Highway 153) until Thompson-Boling Arena is visible. Turn right onto Lake Loudoun Boulevard. Turn right at stoplight. Follow Phillip Fulmer Way to stadium area.




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Ever wonder what the view is like from a certain section of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium? Visit VirtualNeyland to see multiple views from every section, over 250 in all.

VirtualNeyland is an initiative to provide the necessary resources for Vol Fans to experience one of the worlds greatest venues in all of sports - all with a few simple mouse clicks.

To offer a more realistic perspective, photos were taken with - field markings in place, players on the field and fans in the stands. The focal point was the logo at the center of the field. When possible, attempts were made to show the Jumbotron giving a feel for the view of it as well.

Neyland Stadium has 38 seating sections on two levels, which encircle Shields-Watkins field. VirtualNeyland provides visitors with views from 5 seating levels in each section, 3 in the lower level and 2 in the upper level.

Visitors may select a particular view by clicking on an image map of the Neyland Stadium seating chart. This chart has been color-coded to indicate band, student and visitor seating at a glance.

When visitors make their selections, they are shown a medium sized photo of the approximate view from that seating section. However, a double-size image can quickly be rendered simply by clicking the photo, which is linked to the larger photo of that same view, in a higher resolution for greater detail.

A picture may be worth 1000 words but at VirtualNeyland no stone is left unturned. A complete text description of that section is displayed in a table below the photo. The text description includes details and comments about that section. Among them, are answers to questions like; Where is the aisle break or the last row? Where does the cover (if any) begin? What is the view of the Jumbotron like? Will you be sitting behind a tuba or will you need sunscreen? Plus much more...

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Hotels & Motels in Knoxville

Knoxville Tennessee
Hotels & Motels
Address
Telephone Area Code 865
Rooms
Suites
Dining
Pool
Best Western/Campus
1706 Cumberland Ave
521-5000
120
1
Yes
No
Best Western/Cherry Tree
I-40 @ Cherry St.
546-7110
182
0
Yes
Yes
Best Western * West
I-40/75 @ Lovell Rd. Exit
966-5872
135
0
Yes
Yes
Budget Motel
2801 E. Magnolia Ave
524-7227
62
0
0
Yes
Comfort Inn & Suites
208 Market Place Ln.
531-1900
137
19
Yes
Yes
Comfort Inn
I-75 @ Merchants Rd.
688-1010
102
0
0
Yes
Day's Inn/East
I-40 @ Asheville Hwy.
637-3511
120
0
0
Yes
Day's Inn/North
5634 Merchants Blvd.
687-8989
123
1
0
Yes
Day's Inn/West
I-40/75 @ Lovell Rd. Exit
966-5801
120
0
Yes
Yes
Econo-Lodge
6200 Papermill Rd.
584-8511
140
1
0
Yes
Expo Inn
2016 Ailor Ave.
637-1607
43
0
Yes
0
Family Inn/Airport
Alcoa Hwy.
970-2006
75
4
0
Yes
Family Inn
4300 Rutledge Pike
546-3910
53
0
0
0
Hampton Inn/West
9128 Exec. Park Dr.
693-1101
119
0
0
Yes
Hampton Inn/North
119 Cedar Ln.
689-1011
129
0
0
Yes
Hilton Hotel/Airport
Alcoa Hwy.
970-4300
248
0
Yes
Yes
Hotels & Motels
Address
Telephone Area Code 865
Rooms
Suites
Dining
Pool
Hilton Hotel/Downtown
501 Church Ave SW
523-2300
317
15
Yes
Yes
Holiday Inn/Cedar Bluff
I-40/75 @ Cedar Bluff Exit 378
693-1011
226
5
Yes
Yes
Holiday Inn/West
1315 Kirby Rd.
584-3911
242
7
Yes
Yes
Holiday Inn/World's Fair
525 Henley St.
522-2800
299
20
Yes
Yes
Howard Johnson's/North
I-75 @ Merchants Rd.
688-3141
213
17
Yes
0
Howard Johnson's/West Town
7723 Kingston Pike
693-6111
193
9
Yes
Yes
Hyatt Regency Hotel
500 Hill Ave.
637-1234
387
26
Yes
Yes
Knights Inn
I-40/75, Exit 374
675-7200
112
0
0
Yes
Lakview Motel
6133 Chapman Hwy.
577-7621
30
0
0
0
La Quinta Motor Inn
I-40/75 @ Cedar Bluff Exit 378
690-9777
130
0
0
Yes
Microtel Inn
I-40/75 @ Cedar Bluff Exit 378
1-800-579-1683
63
0
0
0
Primeway Inn
9340 Park W. Blvd.
693-6061
119
0
0
Yes
Quality Inn/Airport
Alcoa Hwy.
970-3140
78
2
Yes
Yes
Quality Inn/East
4625 Asheville Hwy.
637-0440
150
0
Yes
Yes
Quality Inn/West
7621 Kingston Pike
693-8111
160
8
Yes
Yes
Radisson Hotel
Summit Hill Dr.
522-2600
198
6
Yes
Yes
Ramada Inn/Airport
Alcoa Hwy.
970-3060
173
2
Yes
Yes
Red Carpet Inn/North
503 Merchants Rd.
689-7666
105
0
0
0
Red Carpet Inn/West
I-40/75 @ Walker, Exit 379
693-9888
94
0
Yes
Yes
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Address
Telephone Area Code 865
Rooms
Suites
Dining
Pool
Rodeway Inn
323 Cedar Bluff Rd.
693-7330
178
5
Yes
Yes
Jameson Inn
209 Marketplace Ln.
531-7444
122
0
0
Yes
Vols Inn
2000 Chapman Hwy.
573-1921
48
0
0
0
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I-40/75 @ Lovell Rd. Exit
966-7500
94
88
0
Yes





Knoxville Escape Route to I-40/75 West


In 1995, I went to a Georgia vs. Tennessee game, not having a ticket, and said a little prayer that I would get one. I pulled in the motel and saw some Tennessee fans, and asked if anybody had an extra ticket. An older gentleman had one and sold it to me at face value.

It was a great seat on the lower level about the 30 yard line, on the west side. When I sat down, everybody around me asked who was I, and where was the gentleman that usually sits here.

I told them he got a better seat in the next section. While talking to them I found out they never missed a game. There were at least 3 generations of families there from Knoxville. No doubt this was Tennessee's cream of the crop. No matter how bad the weather, they were there every game!

About the 4th quarter I asked them, what was the best way to get out of Knoxville traveling west on I-40/75. They drew me a map and I've been using it ever since. When I went over I-40, I could see that the traffic was at a standstill, but I was moving ahead of the game. I also use it going to the game, it's the quickest way.

I think it's only right to share my information with Tennessee fans that can use it, because we are a family for the Volunteers.

O' yeah, we did win by the way, against Georgia. In the last few seconds of the game, a true freshman name Jeff Hall, from Winchester-Tennessee kicked a field-goal breaking a tied score, 30-27.


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