Home of the Tennessee Vols
With a seating capacity of 102,455 Neyland Stadium is one of the most impressive stadiums in college football and comes in ranked as the fifth largest stadium in the country. Mainly used as the home field for the University of Tennessee football team it is one of the crown jewels on campus. The stadium is home to many memories of last second wins. If you are a fan of college football it should be on your list of stadiums to visit.
History of Neyland Stadium
The foundations of the stadium started long ago back in 1919 and was called Shields-Watkins field after the Col. W.S. Shields who was at the time the president of City National Bank in Knoxville. He was also a UT trustee and provided the initial capital for the building of the project. 2 years later in March of 1921 the stadium was completed. The name is shared with his wife Alice Watkins-Shields.
The name Neyland comes from the legendary coach General Neyland who was at the helm of the football program from 1926-1952. General Neyland came to UT as an ROTC instructor and started out as the backfield coach for the football program. During his tenure the Vols saw a lot of success as they were SEC champions in 1938, 1939, 1940, 1946 and 1951 along with 4 national championships.
During his 21 year career Neyland’s record was 173-31-12.
More About Neyland Stadium
Unfortunately, at this time tours of the stadium are unavailable. You can find more information about tours/events here. You can always buy a ticket to a game and see for yourself the amazing heritage Volunteer football has.
As the popularity and success of the football team increase so did the renovations and increased seat capacity. Here is a breakdown of the timeline of improvents.
|YEAR||ADDITION||CAPACITY CHANGE||TOTAL CAPACITY|
|1921||Original West Stands||3,200 seats||3,200|
|1926||East Stands||3,600 seats||6,800|
|1929||West Stands||11,060 seats||17,860|
|1937||North Section X||1,500 seats||19,360|
|1938||East Stands||12,030 seats||31,390|
|1948||South Stands||15,000 seats||46,390|
|1962||West Upper Deck||press box, 5,837 seats||52,227|
|1966||North Stands||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||net gain 10,999 seats||91,249|
|1987||West Executive Suites||42 suites||91,110|
|1990||Student Seating Adjustment||792 seats||91,902|
|1996||North Upper Deck||10,642 seats||102,544|
|1997||ADA Seating Adjustment||310 seats||102,854|
|2000||East Executive Suites||78 suites||104,079|
|2006||East Club Seats||Club Level||102,037|
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How to Get There
Neyland Stadium is located at 1300 Phillip Fulmer Way, Knoxville, TN 37916.
From McGhee Tyson Airport: Turn north on U.S. Highway 129 leaving airport. After crossing the Tennessee River bridge just outside of Knoxville, exit onto Neyland Drive (Tennessee Highway 153). Turn left (south) at the bottom of the exit ramp and follow road until Thompson-Boling Arena is visible. Turn left onto Lake Loudoun Boulevard. Turn right at stoplight. Follow Phillip Fulmer Way 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 exit for Neyland Drive (Tennessee Highway 153). Turn left (south) at the bottom of the exit ramp and follow the road until Thompson-Boling Arena is visible. Turn left onto Lake Loudoun Boulevard. Turn right at stoplight. Follow Phillip Fulmer Way to stadium area.
From I-40 west (from Asheville, N.C.): (updated for I-40 construction) Follow I-40 west to the Hall of Fame Drive. Take a left at the top of the exit and follow Hall of Fame Drive to the Neyland Drive exit (Tennessee Highway 153). Follow Neyland Drive until Thompson-Boling Arena is visible. Turn right onto Lake Loudoun Boulevard. Turn right at stoplight. Follow Phillip Fulmer Way to stadium area.
From I-75 south (from Lexington, Ky.): Follow I-75 south to I-275 south just past Merchants Road. Follow I-275 to I-40 east. Exit I-40 east onto James White Parkway and follow Parkway to Neyland Drive (Tennessee Highway 153) until Thompson-Boling Arena is visible. Turn right onto Lake Loudoun Boulevard. Turn right at stoplight. Follow Phillip Fulmer Way to stadium area.
When the days grow shorter and the air turns colder, you can find the Vol faithful screaming at the top of their lungs as they cheer their team to victory. The history of Neyland stadium is rich and its future looks even brighter. If you are in town on a Saturday in the fall come check out a game. You won’t be disappointed.
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