Despite wet weather, tailgating continues for first UT home game

Despite wet weather, tailgating continues for first UT home game

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An orange poncho and tents were required gear for Saturday's rainy tailgates. An orange poncho and tents were required gear for Saturday's rainy tailgates.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Close to one 100,000 fans came out to see the University of Tennessee football team play in their first home game of the season.

Many of the fans started tailgating early in the morning, and continued through some very wet weather.

"Because there's no where else to watch football than Knoxville, Tennessee," said Trae Larkin, a UT fan from Bristol, Tenn.

Larkin and several of his friends from all over Tennessee started tailgating around 7 a.m. on Saturday.

Many Vols fans say a little rain is not going to keep them from attending the game.
   
"I attended my first UT football game as a freshman in 1964 and I can count on one hand the number of home games I've missed since then," said Jerry Guldeu, a UT fan from Chattanooga.

"We are already wet, so it doesn't matter," said Jennifer Pairjin, a UT fan from Kingsport. "We are going to go in and have a good time."

Most of those tailgating came prepared for the wet weather.

"You've got to make sure you're prepared for this kind of weather," said Larkin. "We rented tents. We're prepared."

Despite the dreary forecast, these UT fans have hope this season will be the one.

"I'm really optimistic," said Guldeu. "I like how the team played. I like how they were coached last week. I thought there were significant improvements. We'll see how it goes next week."

"Coach Dooley don't run the score up to painfully high," said Pairjin.

"We are going to beat them by at least 50 points," added Larkin.

All of these fans plan to be back next weekend when Tennessee takes on Florida.

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