College football has some of the best fan experiences in terms of stadiums anywhere in the world. Most college football fans think of Michigan Stadium, Ohio State’s “horseshoe” stadium, Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium, or LSU’s “Death Valley” at Tiger Stadium, when thinking of the top premier atmospheres in college football. But, the best, most electric atmosphere in college football has to be Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. The home of the Vols since 1921, Neyland Stadium is filled with the history and tradition of Tennessee football. Neyland Stadium is the 5th largest stadium in college football with a capacity of 102,455 screaming, orange-clad Tennessee Volunteer fans on game day.
The passion and pride exhibited by Tennessee fans for their Vols football team is unrivaled by any fan base in the country. The Tennessee ticket office has already sold almost their entire amount of season tickets available for the 2016 season, with fewer than 400 remaining. Last season against Oklahoma, Tennessee fans continued the tradition of “Checkering Neyland” in which each section of the stadium was colored orange or white by the fans to create the famous Tennessee checkerboard design. During that same game last year Vol fans set the all-time decibel record at Neyland Stadium with a reading of 114 decibels!
A typical game day at Neyland Stadium begins with tailgating or barbequing all around Knoxville. From the boats of the Vol Navy lined up on the Tennessee River to the tailgaters parked outside the stadium, game day tradition of Tennessee is one of a kind. Then Vol fans crowd the streets outside the stadium for the Vol Walk. Once the gates open, fans pour into Neyland to find their seats and take in the amazing views that a stadium of that capacity provides. Right before kickoff the Pride of the Southland Marching Band plays their famous on the field routine, then they form the highly-acclaimed Tennessee T on-the-field. As the T comes into formation Vol fans roar! Then the T opens up and the team is led onto the field by Head Coach Butch Jones. This is one of the best and most unique traditions in college football. Throughout the game, and after touchdowns, Vol fans sing along to “Rocky Top” and proudly wave their orange and white shakers.
Neyland Stadium holds a game day atmosphere and a fan passion for the orange and white that is unmatched by anyone in college football. This season looks very promising for Tennessee as they opened up at number 9 in the AP pre-season poll. If the Vols get down to business on the field, a championship run might be in the works. But, of course, not without the help of the Volunteer faithful.