Nearly 100,000 fans turn out for season opener with Big Orange f

Nearly 100,000 fans turn out for season opener with Big Orange fever

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It was a sea of orange out there and some fans say they bought season tickets simply because they want to see how coach Butch Jones leads the team this year. It was a sea of orange out there and some fans say they bought season tickets simply because they want to see how coach Butch Jones leads the team this year.
"All the money that we raise off selling t-shirts and hats is going to the UT Cancer Center. It's a good cause and we have a good time out here in memory of Steve Coleman and we love UT football," said tailgater Landon Coleman. "All the money that we raise off selling t-shirts and hats is going to the UT Cancer Center. It's a good cause and we have a good time out here in memory of Steve Coleman and we love UT football," said tailgater Landon Coleman.
"It's just a big old party. You can't have a good season if you don't have a good tailgate," said UT fan John Cox. "It's just a big old party. You can't have a good season if you don't have a good tailgate," said UT fan John Cox.
"A win, girl! We're going to take it home," said UT fan Victoria Grate. "A win, girl! We're going to take it home," said UT fan Victoria Grate.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Nearly 100,000 Vols fans turned out Saturday for the opening game excited to see the fight and spirit on the field. Fans say they have high expectations as we head further into football season.

It was a sea of orange out there and some fans say they bought season tickets simply because they want to see how coach Butch Jones leads the team this year.

"I've been up since 5:30 this morning because I couldn't sleep. I wanted this game to start at noon," said UT fan Rachel Galyon.

Thousands upon thousands were out Saturday in their boldest and brightest to cheer on big orange. The first game meant the first of many tailgates, a tradition for Tennessee fans.

"It's just a big old party. You can't have a good season if you don't have a good tailgate," said UT fan John Cox.

But Cox and his friends were tailgating for a good cause after losing a fellow Vols fan to brain cancer three years ago.

"All the money that we raise off selling t-shirts and hats is going to the UT Cancer Center. It's a good cause and we have a good time out here in memory of Steve Coleman and we love UT football," said tailgater Landon Coleman.

There was a roar of excitement as the team walked through the crowd before the game. Some fans say they wished they could've walked into the stadium alongside the boys to stand on the sidelines.

Gates opened at four and with the Vols first win over Austin Peay, fans say they hope the team will keep this momentum under coach Butch Jones.

"A win, girl! We're going to take it home," said UT fan Victoria Grate.

Grate is a relative of Greg King, or #48, and his family says Rocky Top has a bright future this year. "An undefeated season," added Grate.

A lot of fans say they're wondering when we'll get to see those new gray uniforms. They expect to be back here for next week's home game.

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