Can Vol fans fill Neyland Stadium on game day?

Can Vol fans fill Neyland Stadium on game day?

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The campus has taken a hit recently, this time to morale. Former marching band members were out Friday painting The Rock, wanting to show pride after Director Dr. Sousa was placed on administrative leave. The campus has taken a hit recently, this time to morale. Former marching band members were out Friday painting The Rock, wanting to show pride after Director Dr. Sousa was placed on administrative leave.
UT spent the last week offering tickets to prospective students and surrounding colleges in an effort to fill Neyland Stadium. UT spent the last week offering tickets to prospective students and surrounding colleges in an effort to fill Neyland Stadium.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Can Vol fans fill Neyland Stadium again with another huge match-up set for Saturday? Attendance was a bit thin for the first few games of the season. Then two weeks ago, the top 10 ranked Georgia Bulldogs came to town and Neyland Stadium notched its first sellout since last year's Alabama game.

Georgia squeaked out a win, but running back Raijon Neal credited the crowd for helping the Vols pick up momentum. Coach Butch Jones challenged fans to do it again Saturday against the South Carolina gamecocks.

UT officials say Saturday's game isn't sold out just yet. There was no line at the ticket gate Friday, but that will soon change.

UT is still facing several challenges as game day inches closer. The college as well as Knox County students are out on fall break and it's students who help in creating the atmosphere.

"Football players feed off that energy," said UT senior Lucas Hadden.

UT spent the last week offering tickets to prospective students and surrounding colleges in an effort to fill Neyland Stadium. More than 3,000 of those tickets sold out quickly, with fans excited to watch after a tough loss to UGA.

"I was a little worried at that game, but after seeing how they played, I definitely think this is the pivotal part in the season," added Hadden.

The campus has taken a hit recently, this time to morale. Former marching band members were out Friday painting The Rock, wanting to show pride after Director Dr. Sousa was placed on administrative leave.

"We modified the pride logo just a little bit. Instead of where it's a conductor here, which is supposed to represent Dr. Sousa. So it's modified from the normal instrument player where the 'I' would be in pride," said former band member Megan Long.

Long and her friends plan on cheering for the band and the Vols Saturday. "All of us bleed orange."

Visitors from out of town are hoping all of these challenges are overcome and thousands turn out for football time in Tennessee.

"Students bring a lot of energy and a lot of excitement to the games, and the more that you can have in the stadium, the better off it's going to be for the crowd as well as for the players," said Brian Parson.

At the last home game there were more than 100,000 people in attendance and officials say they're expecting a big crowd Saturday. Kick-off is scheduled for noon against the South Carolina Gamecocks.

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