Tennessee fans launch website to check out Vanderbilt football stadium



Checker Neyland worked Saturday against Florida. Now, Tennessee fans have a new goal in sight: Checker Vandy.

Fans launched a website this week showing fans what color to wear if they plan to attend the Tennessee game on Nov. 26, with Vanderbilt’s FirstBank Stadium decked out in an orange and white pattern.

Tickets to see the Vols (4-0, 1-0 SEC) at home are getting harder and harder to come by. Tennessee announced Thursday that its home games with Alabama on Oct. 15 and Kentucky on Oct. 29 are both sold out, while limited tickets remain available for UT Martin on Oct. 22 and Missouri on Nov. 12.

Tennessee beat Vanderbilt 45-21 last season and won 42-17 at Vanderbilt in December 2020. The Commodores (3-2, 0-1 SEC) lost to Alabama 55-3 Saturday in their opener DRY. They picked up victories over Hawaii, Elon and Northern Illinois and lost at home to Wake Forest on September 10.

The Neyland Stadium crowd formed a checkerboard pattern as Tennessee beat Florida 38-33 on Saturday in Knoxville. It was the second straight week with a capacity crowd, following the 59-10 win over Akron the previous week.

“Man, what a great night on campus and on Rocky Top,” Tennessee sophomore coach Josh Heupel said after the win over Florida. “Fanbase, incredible energy. I knew it would be like this, but it exceeded even my expectations. The Vol Walk was unlike anything I had ever seen as a college football player or college coach. The energy inside the stadium was electric. The fans played an important role in tonight’s victory. Appreciate all you have done here as we try to build this program.

“Really excited for our players. Just the growth, they’ve shown the ability to compete no matter the score, no matter what happens in the football game. Just resilient, fierce competitors, where we’ve grown since I am here really proud of our players there are a lot of things we can do better but the goal for us is to find a way to win every saturday we are on the pitch to be the best team in football We were able to do that tonight. Great game, man.

Tennessee, which got off to a four-game undefeated start for the first time since 2016, moved up to No. 8 in the Associated Press Top 25 this week, the team’s highest ranking since 2006.

The Vols are off this week, before playing LSU on Oct. 8 in a noon EST kickoff on ESPN.

They caught the attention of college football last week with ESPN’s College GameDay live broadcast from the Ayers Hall lawn on Saturday morning, with the show returning to Knoxville for the first time since 2016.

“The game day vibe is Rocky Top,” Heupel said Saturday night. ” It is what it is. There were times when it wasn’t. The Vol Walk as it is, this stadium that moves as it is, is Rocky Top. For our rookies and for our players, that’s what we felt. This is one of the great stories in college football. That’s why this stadium looks like this.”

Virginia C. Taylor