Tennessee open practice draws in over 40,000 fans

Can you tell that the air feels a little bit different right now? If you can, it’s probably because the college football season is less than a month away. I can tell you one thing that if any fan base is ready for the season to get underway, it’s the Tennessee Volunteers’ fans.

According to College Spun, the Volunteers held an open practice in Neyland Stadium on Saturday evening. I’m sure the team expected to see a good number of fans in the stands, but even head coach Butch Jones couldn’t believe the sheer mass of people that arrived for the practice session.


40,000 people is a huge number and I’m surprised that the fans actually came out just to see a practice. I’m sure the players felt extra pressured to go that much harder in their drills with the droves of fans’ eyes watching their every move.

I can only imagine what Neyland Stadium will look when the season opens. The Volunteers’ first game in Neyland is on September 12 when the team hosts the Oklahoma Sooners. That is one heck of a way to kick off a home season.

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Former Spartans, now 49ers, Texans took picture together
Former Spartans, now 49ers, Texans took picture together