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Must Know Tid-bits about the University of Tennessee Vols
Stadium: NEYLAND STADIUM/SHIELDS-WATKINS FIELD
- Began construction in 1919.
- First game Sept. 24, 1921 (TN beats Emery & Henery)
- 3,200 seats in 1921.
- September 14, 1968 first game on artificial turf. (TN tied GA)
- November 27, 1993 last game on artificial turf. (TN beats Vanderbilt)
- September 16, 1972 was the first night game. (TN beats Penn State)
- September 17, 1994 first game on restored turn. (TN loses to FL)
- Record Attendance of 109,061 on Sept. 18, 2004. (TN beats FL)
Did you know as of 2010, Neyland Stadium ranks 3rd in largest college football stadiums. Neyland Stadium now can host 102,455. Number 1 being Penn State and number 2 being Michigan.
Colors: ORANGE & WHITE
- From Charles Moore in 1891 (part of 1st football team)
- First Orange jerseys appeared in 1922 opening game.
- From a vote by students in 1953.
- Introduced in 1953 during the Mississippi State game.
- Reb. Brooks and his family have helped take care of 9 dogs in all.
- Leads the team during the giant “T“ precession before the game.
- Since 2004, Smokey IX has been serving
- Smokey is a Bluetick Coonhound.
Turf: CHECKERBOARD END ZONES
- From Coach Doug Dickey in 1964
- Played Boston College when introduced
- Used until 1968 when artificial turf came to be used.
- 1989 reused again on the artificial turf.
- Now currently used since 1994 on natural turf.
Numbers: RETIRED JERSEY NUMBERS
- 16 – Peyton Manning
- 92 – Reggie White
- 91 – Doug Atkins
- 62 – Clyde Fuson*
- 49 – Rudy Klarer*
- 32 – Bill Nowling*
- 61 – Willis Tucker*
* are four Vols who died during World War II.
Song: ROCKY TOP
- Written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant in 1967 at the Gatlinburg Inn in Gatlinburg, TN
- First performed in 1972 during the TN-AL Game at half-time.
Band: PRIDE OF THE SOUTHLAND BAND
- Formed just after the Civil War.
- More then 400 students.
- First marched in 1902.
- 1969 formed the Power “T“ at opening of the game against Army. (Vols was victorious).
Letter: THE POWER “T”
- Started on the helmets in 1964
- Doug Dickey was the coach at that time
- Coach Dickey also started the Vols running through the Power “T“ formed by the band.
- Johnny Majors, took over as head coach and had “T“ redesigned in 1977.
Information was pulled from the 2010 Football Media Guide.
First Game at Bristol Motor Speedway
The University of Tennessee Volunteers will took on The Virginia Tech Hokies on September 10, 2016 at the Battle at Bristol. The first ever football game at the Bristol Motor Speedway. They played on AstroTurf. One end zone is done with the checkerboard for UT and the other end done up for VA Tech. Tennessee won 45 to 24.
Do you know any more tid-bits about the Tennessee Volunteers? Feel free to share in the comments. I just might add it to this list!
First published August 22, 2010. Last republished or updated September 12, 2018.