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Encyclopedia > Neyland Stadium
Neyland Stadium
Location Phillip Fulmer Way
Knoxville, TN37996
Broke ground 1921
Opened 1921
Owner State of Tennessee
Operator University of Tennessee
Surface Grass
Former names Shields-Watkins Field 1921-1962
Tenants
Tennessee Volunteers
(NCAA) (1921-Present)
Capacity
102,037

Neyland Stadium is a sports stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. It serves primarily as the home of the University of Tennessee football team, the Volunteers, but is also used to host large conventions. It is the largest football stadium in the South, and the third largest in the United States. After 79 years and 16 expansion projects, Neyland Stadium now has an official capacity of 102,037 seats. Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Largest metro area Nashville Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ... The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the flagship institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee public university system in the American state of Tennessee. ... The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the primary institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee system, Tennessees flagship public university. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... Nickname: Location within the U.S. State of Tennessee. ... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Largest metro area Nashville Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ... The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the flagship institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee public university system in the American state of Tennessee. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... The U.S. Southern states or the South, also known colloquially as Dixie, constitute a distinctive region covering a large portion of the United States, with its own unique heritage, historical perspective, customs, musical styles, and cuisine. ... Michigan Stadium is the worlds largest American football stadium. ...


Neyland Stadium, along with Husky Stadium in Washington, is one of two college stadiums located on a major body of water. The south end of the stadium sits on the banks of the Tennessee River. Husky Stadium is the University of Washingtons football and track and field venue in Seattle, USA, located between Montlake Boulevard N.E. and Union Bay just north of the Montlake Cut. ... A riverboat passing under the Henley Street Bridge on the Tennessee River. ...

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History

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 University of Tennessee 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. Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ...


The stadium, apart from the field it grew to enclose, came to bear its own name—Neyland Stadium. It was named for the man most responsible for the growth and development of Tennessee's football program. General Robert Neyland served as head coach from 1926-1952, with two interruptions for military service. After retiring from coaching, General Neyland was the university's athletics director until his death in 1962. Robert Reese Neyland (February 17, 1892 - 1962) was an American football coach. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The latest addition to the facility are the East Club Seats in 2006, bringing capacity down to 102,037. In 2009, the university will add west club-level seats bringing capacity down to 100,000.


Stadium growth

Growth by year
Year Addition Capacity Change Total Capacity
1921 Original West Stands 3200 seats 3200
1926 East Stands 3600 seats 6800
1929 West Stands 11,060 seats 17,860
1937 North Section X 1500 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, 5837 seats 52,227
1966 North Stands 5895 seats 58,122
1968 East Upper Deck 6307 seats 64,429
1972 Southwest Upper Deck 6221 seats 70,650
1976 Southeast Upper Deck 9600 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 Clubs Seats Club Level 102,037

Other facts

Neyland Stadium at night
Neyland Stadium at night
  • The Sporting News ranked Neyland Stadium as the nation's #1 college football stadium in a poll in the spring of 2001.
  • Tennessee set a school-record by averaging 107,595 fans in 2000.
  • A record total of 747,870 fans in seven games saw the Vols post an undefeated home season in 1999.
  • The university has averaged 105,176 fans over the past nine seasons, drawing nearly four million patrons during that span.
  • The largest stadium attendance was on September 18, 2004 against the University of Florida with a record of 109,061 people. The game resulted in a 30-28 Volunteer win.
  • Neyland Stadium is known for its unique endzone paint scheme, the orange and white checkerboard pattern.
The stadium as seen from the campus of The University of Tennessee.
The stadium as seen from the campus of The University of Tennessee.
A view of the stadium and the Henley Street Bridge.
A view of the stadium and the Henley Street Bridge.


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Sources

  • 2006 University of Tennessee Media Guide
  • History of Neyland Stadium Expansion
  • Neyland Stadium Info at UTSports.com


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