NASHVILLE — A Nashville judge said she has no jurisdiction to hear a case by a lawyer who challenged the University of Tennessee over prime box seats at Neyland Stadium.
Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle dismissed the lawsuit by Thomas Luck of Nashville, who wants the seating rights that were given to his father in 1961.
The two box seats, which Luck says are the best in the stadium, are on the front row of the upper west deck near the 50-yard line.
The university is trying to move his seats, and require him to donate an additional $6,000 to the school and pay face value for the tickets.
University lawyers had argued the case should be dismissed because state government and its schools are immune from many types of lawsuits.
Luck’s father, William Luck, helped raise money to build the stadium’s upper west deck. As a result of the father’s fundraising, Gen. Robert Neyland, the school’s former athletic director and football coach, gave William Luck lifetime rights to buy tickets for both seats in a 1961 contract.
The contract said the right could be passed down through generations, and Luck inherited that right when his father died in 2002.
Luck, who represented himself, filed the lawsuit after school officials sent him a letter saying that because of renovations they were moving his seats.
School officials have said the university tried to relocate Luck to comparable seats on the other side of the stadium.
Luck still can file a breach of contract claim with the state Claims Commission.