Neyland Stadium getting a makeover for first football game

Neyland Stadium getting a makeover for first football game

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Nine people have been working all spring and summer to give Neyland Stadium a new paint job. Nine people have been working all spring and summer to give Neyland Stadium a new paint job.
"Got to be excited man, to be a big orange fan all your life, and so something to improve the stadium.," said painter DeWayne Matthews. "Got to be excited man, to be a big orange fan all your life, and so something to improve the stadium.," said painter DeWayne Matthews.
Robert Mabry and his wife are getting their Italian ice and cotton candy stands ready to go. Robert Mabry and his wife are getting their Italian ice and cotton candy stands ready to go.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The countdown to kickoff is now down to three days until the Vols take the field for their home opener against Austin Peay.

The iconic orange and white checkerboards were painted Wednesday on the end zones at Neyland Stadium.

It takes a lot of behind the scenes work to get the campus and the stadium ready.   

"It is work," said painter DeWayne Matthews. "Got to be excited man, to be a big orange fan all your life, and so something to improve the stadium." 

Matthews and eight other workers have been working all spring and summer to give Neyland Stadium a new paint job. They started right after the Orange and White game.

Their deadline to get finished is Friday.

"We've painted all the orange steps and the handrails," said Matthews.

The workers at the stadium say they are unsure how many gallons of pain they use to do the entire stadium, but they say it is a lot.

The painters say doing this job is getting them excited for the season.

"It feels great," said painter Justin Johnson. "I've been a Vol fan for a while, since I was young."

Inside the stadium, even more preparations are happening.

Robert Mabry and his wife are getting their Italian ice and cotton candy stands ready to go.

"We've been making product, making sure all are freezers are stocked, cups, spoons, napkins, displays," said Mabry.

This year they are debuting a new product for fans.

"It's fresh fruit smoothies," said Mabry, "Fat free, cholesterol free, and dairy free."

He says they will be at the stadium each day until game day getting ready.

These "Big Orange" workers say they will have Neyland Stadium ready for game day.    

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