The present day Neyland Stadium, Shields-Watkins Field had its beginning in 1919. Col. W. S. Shields, president of Knoxville's City National Bank and a UT trustee, provided the initial capital to prepare and equip an athletic field. Thus, when the field was completed in March 1921 it was called Shields-Watkins field, in honor of the donor and his wife, Alice Watkins-Shields.
The stadium, apart from the field it grew to enclose, came to bear its own distinguished name: Neyland Stadium. It was named for the man most responsible for the growth and development of Tennessee football -- General Robert R. Neyland, who served as head coach from 1926 to 1952, with two interruptions for military service. After retiring from the coaching ranks, Neyland was athletic director until his death in 1962. He was the guiding force behind additions to the stadium's capacity, and is the one most responsible for the winning tradition that Volunteer fans have come to expect over the years.
The addition of the north upper deck (10,642 seats) in time for the 1996 season opener against UNLV brought the stadium's official capacity to 102,544; a seating adjustment completed prior to the 1997 campaign added 310 seats to make it 102,854. An NCAA-record 107,608 fans packed the mammoth facility for the 1996 Florida contest. In fact, Tennessee had two of the top 10 and three of the top 15 crowds in NCAA history heading into the 1997 campaign.
102,854—Nation's largest collegiate football stadium. Has undergone 13 additions/renovations since West Stands were built in 1921, seating 3,200. Latest addition (North upper deck) added 10,642 seats in 1996. Press Box/Executive Suites were renovated in 1987.
STADIUM RECORD ATTENDANCE:
107,608—September 21, 1996—Florida 35, Tennessee 29. (NCAA Record)
FIRST NIGHT GAME AT NEYLAND STADIUM:
September 16, 1972—Tennessee 28, Penn State 21.
LARGEST COLLEGIATE STADIUMS (1997)
1. NEYLAND STADIUM, University of Tennessee 102,854
2. Michigan Stadium, University of Michigan 102,501
3. Beaver Stadium, Penn State University 93,967
4. Ohio Stadium, Ohio State University 91,470
5. Sanford Stadium, University of Georgia 86,117
How Neyland Stadium Grew
* 1921 West Stands (17 rows, 3,200 seats) 3,200
* 1926 East Stands (17 rows, 3,600 seats) 6,800
* 1929 West Stands (42 rows, 11,060 seats) 17,860
* 1937 Section X (1500 seats) 19,360
* 1938 East Stands (44 rows, 10,030 seats) 31,390
* 1948 South Stands (horseshoe, 15,000 seats) 46,390
* 1962 West Upper Deck (press box, 5,837 seats) 52,227
* 1966 North Stands (end zone, 5,895 seats) 58,122
* 1968 East Upper Deck (6,307 seats) 64,429
* 1972 Southwest Upper Deck (6,221 seats) 70,650
* 1976 Southeast Upper Deck (9,600 seats) 80,250
* 1980 North Stands (bowl 16,944 total, net gain 10,499) 91,249
* 1987 Executive Suites (42 suites) 91,110
* 1990 Seating Adjustment (792 seats) 91,902
* 1996 North Upper Deck (10,642 seats) 102,544
* 1997 Seating Adjustment (310 seats) 102,854
The will call booth is located at Gate 21 in the northwest corner of Neyland Stadium.
NO radios, bottles, cans, cameras, umbrellas, coolers or stadium chairs with arms are allowed in Neyland Stadium. The use of intoxicating liquors in the stadium is prohibited. All articles are subject to search.
All persons, regardless of age, must have a ticket. No pass out checks will be issued.
DIRECTIONS TO THE STADIUM
From Airport: Turn north on U.S. Highway 129 leaving airport. After crossing the Tennessee River bridge just outside of Knoxville, exit on U.S. Highways 11 and 70 (Cumberland Avenue). Turn right at the bottom of the exit ramp and turn right at the second light onto Volunteer Boulevard. Follow Volunteer Boulevard to stadium area.
From I-40 East (from Nashville) and I-75 North (from Chattanooga): Follow I-40 and I-75 to I-40/I-75 junction in West Knoxville. Continue on I-40 east to U.S. Highway 129 South. Follow 129 south to the U.S. 11-70 exit. Turn left off the exit ramp onto U.S. 11-70 (Cumberland Avenue) and turn right on Volunteer Boulevard at the third traffic light. Follow Volunteer Boulevard to the stadium area.
From I-40 West (from Asheville): Follow I-40 west to James White Parkway exit and exit to the left. Follow Parkway to Neyland Drive (Tennessee Highway 153) to stadium area on the right.
From I-75 South (Lexington): Follow I-75 south to I-275 south just past Merchants Road. Follow I-275 to I-40 East. Exit I-40 east at James White Parkway and follow Parkway to Neyland Drive (Tennessee Highway 153) and stadium area on the right.
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Telephones are located at intervals along the concourse in the West, South and East stands and upper decks.
FIRST AID STATIONS
In case of a medical emergency during today's game, the University of Tennessee and the American Red Cross have established three first-aid stations in Neyland Stadium. The stations are staffed with medical doctors, nurses and other qualified personnel. Trained first-aid teams are located throughout the stadium, ready to administer immediate care. If you need medical assistance, notify the team nearest you. If you are unable to locate a team, find a law enforcement officer or usher and he/she will direct you. This is a service provided by the University of Tennessee and the American Red Cross, a United Way agency.
Restrooms are located under the concourse in the West, South and North stands. Upper deck restrooms are located in the concourse. Ushers will direct you to the closest facility.
LOST AND FOUND
Lost articles may be turned in at the Concession Office, located behind Section R. Such items will then be turned over to the University of Tennessee Security Office, 1115 UT Drive, where they may be called for on Monday following each game (974-3114).
Source: University of Tennessee Sports Information Office
TENNESSEE WORK ON SCHEDULE
April 13, 2006
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Phase One of an upgrade to Neyland Stadium at the University of Tennessee is on schedule
and nearly all seats available for a new club section have been sold.
The first phase includes an adjacent hospitality center as part of the club seating level, along
with infrastructure upgrades in the lower stadium levels. Improvements to the north concourses on levels one and two also are part of this project and are progressing on schedule.
Completion date for the entire first phase is August and men's athletics director Mike Hamilton said Phase Two of the multi-stage project would begin after the 2007 football season. The third and largest phase will take two full years to complete and will not begin before 2009.
July 21, 2011
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The University of Tennessee has sold about 61,500 football season tickets, about 11,000 short of the 72,500 season tickets that are available and more than 2,000 behind sales at this point last year, The Tennessean reported. The newspaper said it is cause for concern. At $390 each, the current shortfall amounts to about $4.3 million. And that doesn't count the contribution to the Tennessee Fund that is required before a season ticket can be purchased, the newspaper said. The minimum contribution is $100 for a seat in some sections in the upper south end zone to $5,000 annually to get a spot between the 40-yard lines in the lower bowl of Neyland Stadium, the newspaper said.
TENNESSEE PAYING $3.1 MILLION IN NON-CONFERENCE FEES
September 8, 2011
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Knoxville, Tenn. - Starting with a $500,000 check for its football season opener against the
University of Montana, the University of Tennessee will pay its four Non-Conference opponents a combined $3.1 million, which is at least $1.1 million more than what its doled out per year since 2007, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.
That figure is higher than normal this year because the Vols do not typically shell out high, six-figure guarantees to four schools in a single season, the newspaper said.
The biggest payout will come as the University of Cincinnati will receive $950,000 for its trip to Neyland Stadium. Middle Tennessee State will receive $750,000 to serve as the homecoming opponent in November.
Buffalo, which was a controversial late replacement for a road game at the University of North Carolina on the 2011 schedule, will net $900,000 for playing the Vols on Oct. 1.
Last August, UT bought out of its home-and-away contract with the Tar Heels for $750,000 because UNC was unwilling to move the game to a "later date in the decade," former athletic director Mike Hamilton said at the time. The goal behind the decision was to lessen the pressure on head coach Derek Dooley in his second year with the Vols by breaking up a schedule front-loaded with tough competition.
UT has yet to announce what team will replace North Carolina on the 2012 schedule.
The combined $1.65 million it took to buy out of the series will be offset by what UT will earn for hosting an extra game this season. The average revenue generated at Neyland Stadium when hosting a Mid-American Conference team such as Buffalo is approximately $3 million, Hamilton said last year.
This season's tally is the highest since 2009, when the Vols paid a combined $2 million to Western Kentucky, UCLA, Ohio and Memphis. Last year's sum of $1.45 million paid to UT Martin, UAB and Oregon was the lowest over the five-year span.
The News Sentinel said high six-figure payouts between major schools such as UT and lower-tier schools like the ones that dot the Vols' schedule this season are commonplace in college football. Because most major programs only seek out one major Non-Conference opponent per season, it continues to be a seller's market, and the prices for these games continue to skyrocket.
In 2009, Ohio State paid Navy $1.4 million to play at Ohio Stadium. Last year, Auburn paid Arkansas State $1 million to open the season at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Kent State will receive $1.2 million to play at Alabama, it was reported.
Football Championship Subdivision schools such as Montana do not command as high of a price tag as a lower-tier school in the Football Bowl Subdivision Š such as Buffalo or MTSU Š because an FBS school can only count one victory against an FCS school toward its minimum of six required to qualify for a postseason bowl game.