UT offers no-donation football season tickets

Tennessee runs through the 'T' before the game against Kentucky at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee runs through the "T" before the game against Kentucky at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

You can get Tennessee season football tickets without a donation — if you don't mind the climb.

Hoping to win back fans after three consecutive losing seasons, Tennessee is offering a limited number of 2013 season tickets without the usual required donation.

The $300 season tickets are for the higher rows of the south end zone upper deck.

Jimmy Stanton, associate athletic director for communications, said the no-donation clause was a departure from past seasons.

"We saw an opportunity to utilize some inventory in the upper deck of the south end zone to create an even more affordable season-ticket option,'' Stanton said. "A $300 season ticket with no donation requirement provides fans the opportunity to see all Tennessee football home games next year at a great price."

Stanton said earlier this week UT had sold approximately one third of the 1,500 no-donation tickets.

The arrival of new coach Butch Jones comes at a good time for UT's season-ticket campaign.

The vast majority of available tickets cost $370 or $391 (chairback), with donations to the Tennessee Fund ranging from as little as $50 to $2,500 per seat.

Tennessee's average attendance in 2012 was 89,965 (tickets sold), a 5 percent decline from 2011, according to an al.com survey of NCAA attendance averages.

College football attendance at the FBS level in general declined slightly from the previous season.

Five SEC programs out of 14 showed increases in 2012: Vanderbilt by 15 percent, Missouri 9 percent, Arkansas 2 percent, Ole Miss and South Carolina 1 percent each.

Kentucky declined by 17 percent, Auburn by 4 percent and Florida by 2 percent. Five others declined by 1 percent or less.

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Comments » 37

voloffaith writes:

What is the home schedule look like? I know go to UT website......

arkansasvol1975 writes:

Well its a good price but its up in the nosebleeds and it goes straight up. Those aluminum stairs are slick as hell, especially when they are wet. Plus they only come in 2 seats a section so if you need more than 2 tickets, your screwed. Been nice to offer a no or reduced donation for the mid level. $2500 a seat donation is a shat load plus the cost of the seat.

clvolfan writes:

in response to voloffaith:

What is the home schedule look like? I know go to UT website......

It ain't there yet.Ilooked yesterday.
I think we play WKU-Bobby Petrino,not sure about that.Too bad to get too old t climb those stairs,gave the 2,000.00 donation seats up in 08.............go Big Orange.

ncvol17 writes:

no scoreboard view

85sugar writes:

Wanna see how to put a ALL STAR STAFF TOGETHER... SEE CINCY.. Tubbey gets it

wildmed writes:

Aside from the obvious disadvantages of the hike, those seats are integrated and surrounded by opposing team's fans for SEC games, which is great if the Vols are romping but a pain in the butt if they're not.

volaholic45 writes:

Where are the Bama fans going to sit?

gobigorange5090 writes:

in response to ncvol17:

no scoreboard view

There are scoreboards all over the stadium.

Cartersvillevol writes:

Here's the schedule:

08/31/13 vs. Austin Peay Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
09/07/13 vs. Western Kentucky Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
09/14/13 at Oregon Autzen Stadium (Eugene, Ore.) TBA
09/21/13 at Florida * Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (Gainesville, Fla.) TBA
09/28/13 vs. South Alabama Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
10/05/13 vs. Georgia * Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
10/19/13 vs. South Carolina * Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
10/26/13 at Alabama * Bryant-Denny Stadium (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) TBA
11/02/13 at Missouri * Faurot Field (Columbia, Mo.) TBA
11/09/13 vs. Auburn * Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
11/23/13 vs. Vanderbilt * Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
11/30/13 at Kentucky * Commonwealth Stadium (Lexington, Ky.) TBA

Orangeblood64 writes:

in response to Cartersvillevol:

Here's the schedule:

08/31/13 vs. Austin Peay Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
09/07/13 vs. Western Kentucky Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
09/14/13 at Oregon Autzen Stadium (Eugene, Ore.) TBA
09/21/13 at Florida * Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (Gainesville, Fla.) TBA
09/28/13 vs. South Alabama Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
10/05/13 vs. Georgia * Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
10/19/13 vs. South Carolina * Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
10/26/13 at Alabama * Bryant-Denny Stadium (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) TBA
11/02/13 at Missouri * Faurot Field (Columbia, Mo.) TBA
11/09/13 vs. Auburn * Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
11/23/13 vs. Vanderbilt * Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
11/30/13 at Kentucky * Commonwealth Stadium (Lexington, Ky.) TBA

Thanks, could be an interesting year. Go Vols

VolGrad writes:
NYvolFan writes:

This is a CLEAR signal that we suck, and TV contracts and HD TV rule. It's a sad time to be a collegiate admin person...these big TV contracts, while they THOUGHT it would be great...screws over the box office and gameday experience. See what GREED GETS YOU!!!!!!!

chbradshaw writes:

Since there are only two decent games on the home schedule - Georgia and South Carolina - this deal is still basically $150 per ticket for bad seats to those games.

I know the ticket office is doing what they can but the world has changed since the decisions to expand the stadium were made. Right or wrong, UT still gets the money it just now comes from CBS and ESPN instead of ticket purchases and donations.

tovolny writes:

The Headline should say: "UT Fans Screwed Again." Seems that the only people being treated properly are the dough bellies that have extra funds. When I heard that the students were going to be charged to attend, I knew that an end to the era of Saturday electricity in the ole stadium had passed. Those people sitting in those armed chairs, especially on the west side, come to the game as a social event. They sit there and chit chat and rarely watch what is going on down on the field. Our band across on the other side don't even know when to play and when to be quite. Several occasions over the last 6 years, the band has prevented us from making audibles or to miss audibles. The paying students just don't have the enthusiasm like they did when I was in school. Tickets are priced so high that folks can't go to a game as a family. Students making noise in the sports bars down on the strip has no affect whatsoever. And one last thing...if you are of retirement age, it is just hard to climb all the way to the seats at the top. I didn't feel safe up there when I was 25. Now, I just sell my ticket and go to the sports bars with the fantastic, super student fans.

wayne.kearney#1414428 writes:

That is nice of them to sell tickets without a donation.That is the least they can do after what has been put out on the field lately. My question is, these people who buy these tickets will the be asked first next year,and how much will the donation be then. GO VOLS

jhuckaby#207065 writes:

Austin Peay,Western Kentucky,South Alabama,& Auburn (all suck)
Georgia, South Carolina & Vanderbilt are the only ones worth going to see and They would be cheaper just going and buying tickets at stadium. Plus you get better seats.

eduardo writes:

Heck of a hire eh? Had a chance to do something really special and this is what you get! Fire that whole administration now!

albert63 writes:

Arkansas just hired Chaney.

yea_right writes:

gave up 4 season tickets last year after 38 yrs,best move of 2011 !!! Tn is suppose to be a state school but its not its owned by a local family and they will decide what product is put on the field and sidelines.I would feel like i was insulting your intelligence if i had to mention the family by name.

82cat writes:

in response to yea_right:

gave up 4 season tickets last year after 38 yrs,best move of 2011 !!! Tn is suppose to be a state school but its not its owned by a local family and they will decide what product is put on the field and sidelines.I would feel like i was insulting your intelligence if i had to mention the family by name.

You already insulted our intelligence by your ridiculous post.

The family you fail to mention have given more money to the university and numerous charitable causes and foundations than you could imagine.

Your an idiot if you think they influence the competitiveness of the football team.

The Vols are in a bad spell that most if not all teams go through and when it ends and it will end it will be nice to know you won't be there.

By the way the folks you fail to mention were around giving money for many of the years you had you tickets including the year the Vols won the National Championship.

Funny how you forget those years

Jealous I do believe.

Shmohawk writes:

in response to Cartersvillevol:

Here's the schedule:

08/31/13 vs. Austin Peay Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
09/07/13 vs. Western Kentucky Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
09/14/13 at Oregon Autzen Stadium (Eugene, Ore.) TBA
09/21/13 at Florida * Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (Gainesville, Fla.) TBA
09/28/13 vs. South Alabama Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
10/05/13 vs. Georgia * Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
10/19/13 vs. South Carolina * Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
10/26/13 at Alabama * Bryant-Denny Stadium (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) TBA
11/02/13 at Missouri * Faurot Field (Columbia, Mo.) TBA
11/09/13 vs. Auburn * Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
11/23/13 vs. Vanderbilt * Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
11/30/13 at Kentucky * Commonwealth Stadium (Lexington, Ky.) TBA

Why did we flip-flop when we play Bama and South Carolina? We would be playing both around that time anyway, so it should not have anything to do with SEC expansion. If we are going to continue the tradition of getting our a-holes handed to us by Bama every year, then it should be on the 3rd Saturday in October.

TKG_VOL writes:

in response to Cartersvillevol:

Here's the schedule:

08/31/13 vs. Austin Peay Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
09/07/13 vs. Western Kentucky Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
09/14/13 at Oregon Autzen Stadium (Eugene, Ore.) TBA
09/21/13 at Florida * Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (Gainesville, Fla.) TBA
09/28/13 vs. South Alabama Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
10/05/13 vs. Georgia * Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
10/19/13 vs. South Carolina * Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
10/26/13 at Alabama * Bryant-Denny Stadium (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) TBA
11/02/13 at Missouri * Faurot Field (Columbia, Mo.) TBA
11/09/13 vs. Auburn * Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
11/23/13 vs. Vanderbilt * Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
11/30/13 at Kentucky * Commonwealth Stadium (Lexington, Ky.) TBA

THIS COULD BE 8-4 OR 9-3....but that is what we thought this year....

Central_IL_Vol writes:

in response to volaholic45:

Where are the Bama fans going to sit?

Hopefully, in the middle of the Tennessee River!

CCLC writes:

in response to Cartersvillevol:

Here's the schedule:

08/31/13 vs. Austin Peay Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
09/07/13 vs. Western Kentucky Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
09/14/13 at Oregon Autzen Stadium (Eugene, Ore.) TBA
09/21/13 at Florida * Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (Gainesville, Fla.) TBA
09/28/13 vs. South Alabama Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
10/05/13 vs. Georgia * Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
10/19/13 vs. South Carolina * Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
10/26/13 at Alabama * Bryant-Denny Stadium (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) TBA
11/02/13 at Missouri * Faurot Field (Columbia, Mo.) TBA
11/09/13 vs. Auburn * Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
11/23/13 vs. Vanderbilt * Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
11/30/13 at Kentucky * Commonwealth Stadium (Lexington, Ky.) TBA

6-6?

poletad7 writes:

in response to 85sugar:

Wanna see how to put a ALL STAR STAFF TOGETHER... SEE CINCY.. Tubbey gets it

Who has Tubby hired that's so great? I haven't seen any hires yet.

rtrchatt writes:

in response to volaholic45:

Where are the Bama fans going to sit?

Judging from the last 3 visits, ANYWHERE WE WANT. 23 SEC Titles and counting..... Roll Tide

6972 writes:

Anyone know what the caliber of the receivers we have behind the 4 we are losing, that is if CP, leaves. I understand his class performance is going to send him on his way to the NFL. JH, CP, MR, and ZR is going to leave a big dent if we don't have some quality coming on.

6972 writes:

in response to poletad7:

Who has Tubby hired that's so great? I haven't seen any hires yet.

Read that Tubby was at a dinner with recruits at TT, and left the dinner to go to Cincy. If true, that was a real class act.

RollTideJoe writes:

in response to Central_IL_Vol:

Hopefully, in the middle of the Tennessee River!

You'll be in Tuscaloosa this year....so I guess to be as nice as you claim you are, you can sit in the middle of the Tuscaloosa River! Enjoy.

volfanlostnbama writes:

I think we'll find out how good a coach he and his staff is against Western KY...With Petrino there now CBJ & staff will reveal how well they can prepare coaching plans & execution against arguably one of the best offensive minds in the business.

volfanlostnbama writes:

in response to volfanlostnbama:

I think we'll find out how good a coach he and his staff is against Western KY...With Petrino there now CBJ & staff will reveal how well they can prepare coaching plans & execution against arguably one of the best offensive minds in the business.

meant to have included in the beginning to this statement that "we would get an early sign" of how good he & his staff is

gwh_1947 writes:

Looks like a 4-8 season if we get past South Alabama. Wins against Austin Peay (their famous cheer "Let's Go Peay"), Western Kentucky, Auburn, and Kentucky. Blow outs by Oregon, Aladambama, and Georgia.

08/31/13 vs. Austin Peay Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
09/07/13 vs. Western Kentucky Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
09/14/13 at Oregon Autzen Stadium (Eugene, Ore.) TBA
09/21/13 at Florida * Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (Gainesville, Fla.) TBA
09/28/13 vs. South Alabama Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
10/05/13 vs. Georgia * Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
10/19/13 vs. South Carolina * Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
10/26/13 at Alabama * Bryant-Denny Stadium (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) TBA
11/02/13 at Missouri * Faurot Field (Columbia, Mo.) TBA
11/09/13 vs. Auburn * Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
11/23/13 vs. Vanderbilt * Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) TBA
11/30/13 at Kentucky * Commonwealth Stadium (Lexington, Ky.) TBA

CCLC writes:

Gosh..... it ain't a rosy picture VFL>
just sayin'

MOST-PROFITABLE FOOTBALL PROGRAMS

The University of Texas football program in 2011-12 generated the most revenue and highest profit among all programs, according to NCAA data. The numbers, in millions:
School Rev. Exp. Profit
Texas $103.8 $25.9 $77.9
Michigan $85.2 $23.6 $61.6
Georgia $75.0 $22.7 $52.3
Florida $74.1 $23.1 $51.1
Alabama $82.0 $36.9 $45.1
LSU $68.8 $24.1 $44.8
Auburn $77.2 $33.3 $43.8
Notre Dame $69.0 $25.8 $43.2
Arkansas $64.2 $24.3 $39.9
Nebraska $55.1 $18.7 $36.4

There’s an interesting correlation mentioned Alabama spends a lot of money and it ain't on coaches and such that are no longer employed there.
just sayin'

tornado writes:

This is a slap in the face to every season ticket holder who has continued to donate in the face of the pitiful product of the last 2 years. Its great to give a break to people who haven't donated while already sending out the "request for donations for next year before we even knew who the coach would be. This is the same type of shabby treatment that made Mike Hamilton and Jimmy Cheek legends in their own minds. Just another abuse of a worn out fan base. Giving them away would be fairer. However, the way to sell seven dollar cokes and ridiculously expensive food is to win football games.

TKG_VOL writes:

60" HDTV.

arkansasvol1975 writes:

in response to ncvol17:

no scoreboard view

Sometimes that is good. Its underneath the upperbleachers, out of the rain and sun.

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