Vols are switching sidelines for 2010

1,000 season-ticket holders moved; some students to end zone

Tennessee's football team will have a new look on game days.

And no, that has nothing to do with the UT's coaches or jerseys.

The Vols will move from the east to the west sideline of Neyland Stadium beginning this fall.

UT's football team has been on the west sideline since 1994 when the SEC created a policy that prohibited student seating directly behind a visiting team's bench.

"Our players and coaches have discussed the advantages of moving the team back to the west sideline for several years but we needed the cooperation of the students to make it happen," UT men's athletic director Mike Hamilton said in a press release Friday. "We are currently the only school in the SEC that has both bands, our students, opponents fans, both cheerleaders, and the chain gang all on our home sideline. This move will make it easier for the coaches and players to communicate."

In order to meet SEC guidelines, the athletic department will have to move some student seating to the end zone.

Subsequently, additional lower-level student seating in sections J and K will be added to offset the seat adjustments needed in section D.

Student tickets will be reduced to $10 apiece for all games. UCLA, Auburn and Georgia were $20 last season, while all other games were $10.

And because of the changes, the athletic department will move approximately 1,000 season-ticket holders. Those patrons affected by the move will be relocated to comparable seating with no additional donation requirement, according to the release.

Great Scott: Former UT offensive lineman Chris Scott will participate in the East-West Shrine Game today (TV: ESPN2, 3 p.m.).

The game is held at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Scott, who played left tackle last season, ended his UT career with 39 consecutive starts and was lauded for his improvement in 2009.

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nocleats writes:

Good move, put the visiting team in the hot sun, Let the Vols have the shade.. This is how it was all through the 70s 80s and mid 90s, I like it

JB0001 writes:

I am confused! They have been on the East Sidlines. They used to be on the West and if they move it will be on the West Sidelines unless the sun sets in the East

kman29 writes:

I dont understand this story at all. They have been on that side since 94 when the SEC created a policy that prohibited student seating behind the visiting team???? I know at Florida the student seating has ALWAYS been right behind the visiting team. The same goes for a bunch of other SEC schools. So was this policy optional that only Tennessee followed? lol!

rabidvol1998 writes:

in response to kman29:

I dont understand this story at all. They have been on that side since 94 when the SEC created a policy that prohibited student seating behind the visiting team???? I know at Florida the student seating has ALWAYS been right behind the visiting team. The same goes for a bunch of other SEC schools. So was this policy optional that only Tennessee followed? lol!

At Florida there is a strip of 10 rows right behind the TN(away) bench that are sold to away fans. I sat there in 2001, the greatest regular season game ever. It was awesome being close enough to talk to the players, yet surrounded by Florida fans.

The rule applies to everyone, we just solved it by switching sides for the field. It is long past time to switch back and get us out of the sun and into the shade for late afternoon games.

ChicagoVol4Life writes:

Students get a raw deal again. Now instead of a chance at 50 yardline seats we get endzone. Thanks SGA for that! To say this is competetive advantage is ludacris, just a way to make more money off prime seating. The players fed off of section D energy the only way to have made this right would be to give students comporable seats on the west side. Ask any teal fan and they would say that the 10 dollar reduction is a joke. Pathetic!

tanasi2 writes:

This is a good move! Let the visiting team deal with the sun in their eyes for a change!

ChicagoVol4Life writes:

Sun in your eyes is an excuse losers make!

hcjournals#206623 writes:

The students need to be going to the games. The erratic turnout needs to end. It is embarrassing......

HoustonVol writes:

This is a good thing. The sun is unbearable in the afternoon on the east side of the stadium. The issue came up with the UT student section because of what was being done to the opposing teams players. I remember one game while I was in school where one UGA player was hit in the back of the head with a empty bottle that shattered on his head. This was my senior season in '93. The next year the benches were moved. I can promise you we were not kind and gentle to the opposing teams. After the benches were moved, Neyland was never as tough to play in again. So I am in favor of putting the other team on the hot side of the stadium.

newportvol writes:

whats gonna happen when our vols run threw the T for the first time and a group of seniors or jrs. forget we switched sides and the team runs to the wrong sideline out of habbit..

HallowedHill writes:

This is an excellent idea. It is a distinct advantage to have the student section behind the visiting team.

GO VOLS!

USNVOL writes:

How is this an update since this morning?
There is nothing updated about it,same thing said 8 hours ago????????

Cole423 writes:

What ever happened to tradition?

ThugTillIDie writes:

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ClassicVol (Inactive) writes:

in response to Cole423:

What ever happened to tradition?

I've been to many more games where the team was on the west sideline. I'm glad they are going back to tradition.

I didn't like the move back in 94.

VOLinAthensGA writes:

Is it August yet? Wake me when this is over. I wanna see the new VOLS! GO VOLS!

rabidvol1998 writes:

in response to Cole423:

What ever happened to tradition?

This is tradition, except we used to have the locker room under the East sidelines and run through the T out both sides of the T.

mattingly writes:

Don't know why someone won't look at a 1993 game tape or a picture, even if just for a minute or so, and acknowledge the change to the east side took place in 1993, not 1994. Grass came back in 1994. The sideline switch, west to east, took place in 1993.

Second notice.

It won't hurt.

HallowedHill writes:

in response to rabidvol1998:

At Florida there is a strip of 10 rows right behind the TN(away) bench that are sold to away fans. I sat there in 2001, the greatest regular season game ever. It was awesome being close enough to talk to the players, yet surrounded by Florida fans.

The rule applies to everyone, we just solved it by switching sides for the field. It is long past time to switch back and get us out of the sun and into the shade for late afternoon games.

I was there on the 2nd row - what a game!! Remember the UF player that got knocked out? You could probably hear that collision a block away.

GO VOLS!

BigOrangeBill writes:

This is a BRILLIANT MOVE....I have watched our players SWEATING and covering their heads with towels, anything to get that blazing sun out of their eyes. While across the way, Florida, Alabama, etc., players sat in the shade. Sitting in a hot sun takes something OUT of our players...and to move them over into the shade is a great move! I'm 100% behind it.

AWOLVol writes:

The move in '94 was called "The Florida Rule" due to UF students pelting visiting teams with all kinds of things - including cups of urine.

I have never liked our team being on the East sideline simply because they were on the West sideline the whole time I was going to games as a kid and while I was at UT as a student...no subtle strategies, no advantages, just tradition. I'm glad we're going back to this set-up as I think our traditions have taken a beating the past year and a half. Anything that brings back some a more traditional feel is a good thing.

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to ChicagoVol4Life:

Students get a raw deal again. Now instead of a chance at 50 yardline seats we get endzone. Thanks SGA for that! To say this is competetive advantage is ludacris, just a way to make more money off prime seating. The players fed off of section D energy the only way to have made this right would be to give students comporable seats on the west side. Ask any teal fan and they would say that the 10 dollar reduction is a joke. Pathetic!

IMO students are no more important to the program than the season-ticket holders. From what I have seen, the student body hasn't been a factor at a home in a while, much like the blue-hair 30yr season ticket holder that sits on their hands the whole game. No matter where you sit or who you are you should be loud and visible. Be thankful you are actually in the stadium and cheering. There are many Vol fans that don't get to go that would love to have your seats.
Gift-horse-in-the-mouth syndrome.

kfdunham#574990 writes:

in response to ThugTillIDie:

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I think you are correct. Dooley had one winning season in his four years in Louisiana. He may be a nice guy, but his credentials as a winning coach are lacking. Alabama tried "bargain basement" coaches for several years with disastrous results. The stands are going to start having a lot of empty spaces in them if Dooley's teams do not produce at least some 8 win seasons. Looking at next year's schedule, we will be lucky to win 5 games.

rhmhrh writes:

The Tennessee sideline was on the East side of the stadium throughout the Neyland and Wyatt eras. Doug Dicky moved the team to the West when he came...remember whe the players entered the "T" from the old dressing room from the 50 yd line under the east stands.
The UT bench returned to the east when the "Fla Rule was put in effect (no home students behind the visitors bench.
Ross

utvolz#637682 writes:

As a season ticket holder in Sec B, I would much rather be on the West side. The east side has been renovated. We're in the gheto on the west side as far as concessions, rest rooms, etc. Did I mention the early games in September are as hot as the gates of he*L?

Chartervol writes:

The Vols need to be on the west side. Good move.

Now, let's go back to running through the
T the right way. No more running through half of it.

The team should run through both sides as God intended, converge at the Power T on the 50, then move to the sideline. If there is some concern about contact with the visting team, move the T north a few yards to give us some more room.

The symmetry of running through both ends of the T was always a big part of the spectacle. Running through the L has never been right.

Claudia4Vols writes:

in response to VOLinAthensGA:

Is it August yet? Wake me when this is over. I wanna see the new VOLS! GO VOLS!

i know right :) i cant wait either GO VOLS GO!!

Vols4Ever writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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Sun Tzu's maximums of war transcend Eastern or Western thought. General Robert Neyland's maximums of football were derived and an extension of this philosophy of winning a battle. The use of the Sun and confusion on and behind the enemy's front lines provides strategic advantage to the attacker. Pigeon poo has yet to be leveraged except in spreading the plague.

We will need 3:30 pm CBS telecasts and direct sunlight against the Hated Gators and Cheating Tide on Shield-Watkins and every thing else next year. Pigeon poo would help too.

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