Vol fans excited for first SEC home game

Vol fans excited for first SEC home game

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The excitement for Saturday's game is evident throughout campus and tailgaters are preparing for the first major match up of the season at Neyland Stadium. The excitement for Saturday's game is evident throughout campus and tailgaters are preparing for the first major match up of the season at Neyland Stadium.
UT spokesperson Jimmy Stanton says they are near a sell out game with some tickets still available UT spokesperson Jimmy Stanton says they are near a sell out game with some tickets still available
"This is the first big home game against a traditional rival and somebody that's played competitively for the last three years, and I think Tennessee fans think this one might be where the Vols can sneak up on somebody," said Drew Rutherford, the organize "This is the first big home game against a traditional rival and somebody that's played competitively for the last three years, and I think Tennessee fans think this one might be where the Vols can sneak up on somebody," said Drew Rutherford, the organize
The game will also feature the debut of the Vols' Smokey gray jerseys. The game will also feature the debut of the Vols' Smokey gray jerseys.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The first Southeastern Conference home game is just around the corner as the Vols prepare to take on the Georgia Bulldogs.

The excitement for Saturday's game is evident throughout campus and tailgaters are preparing for the first major match up of the season at Neyland Stadium.  

"This is the first big home game against a traditional rival and somebody that's played competitively for the last three years, and I think Tennessee fans think this one might be where the Vols can sneak up on somebody," said Drew Rutherford, the organizer and founder of Tailgate Tennessee.

Spots for Tailgate Tennessee, a company that sells tailgate packages at Circle Park, have been sold out for more than a month.

"We're in our second year, and we had great crowds for Alabama and Florida last year but we've never seen anything like this," he said.

UT spokesperson Jimmy Stanton says they are near a sell out game with some tickets still available. The student section has sold just over 11,000 seats, and with the debut of the Smokey gray jerseys, fans are pumped.

"I think everyone's really excited to see those new jerseys and it's the perfect game for it, with the first SEC home game," explained UT freshman Madison Harmon.

The first home SEC game also means more out-of-town fans are rolling in.

"For the South Alabama game, we got here late Friday night, but on SEC weekends, the city gets packed early," said Eric Marshall, who began setting up his RV early Friday.

With the Vols taking on a ranked opponent, fans are cautiously optimistic.

"The Tennessee Vol fan in me wants us to win, but the practical side of me knows we'll have to be on top of our game and play our extreme best, and they'll have to make some mistakes but it's football and anyone can win," Marshall said. 

Vols are hoping with enough support from the crowd, the team will bring home a win.

"If you're standing out there on the field as a football player, and you see the entire student section filled and cheering for you, that's got to help out the game a lot," said Harmon.

If the game sells out, it will be the first sell-out crowd since last year's game against Alabama.

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