Tennessee to open season at 25% fan capacity

Tennessee will allow roughly 25,000 fans into Neyland Stadium when the Volunteers’ football season kicks off its home slate in October, the school announced Tuesday.

The figure is based on 25 percent capacity at the Knoxville stadium, which holds 102,455.

Tennessee’s capacity cap could change

The Volunteers face Missouri in their Oct. 3 home opener. The school said capacity restrictions could change as the season progresses, based on coronavirus data and “evolving recommendations of public health officials.”

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“I can’t overstate how much I empathize with the thousands of fans who won’t get to experience gameday in Neyland Stadium this fall,” Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer said in a statement.

“These circumstances are beyond our control, and we understand the importance of playing our part to keep our community healthy. For those who will be with us in the stadium this season, please know that we are committed to creating the safest possible environment in and around Neyland Stadium,” Fulmer said.

Top priority for tickets goes to current students and active donors, and season-ticket holders who choose not to attend games this season will not lose their seats, the school said.

The adjusted seating model at Neyland Stadium follows mandated guidelines for social distancing.

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