Tennessee moving premium tailgating spot to Circle Park

Fans signs are visible as ESPN College GameDay tapes their show from Circle Park on the University of Tennessee campus on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess, Knoxville News Sentinel

Fans signs are visible as ESPN College GameDay tapes their show from Circle Park on the University of Tennessee campus on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee is moving its premium football tailgating spot to Circle Park in the shadow of Neyland Stadium.

The “Tailgate Tennessee” area was set up at the Humanities Amphitheater last season.

“Moving to Circle Park is a great way to pull fans into the core of our game day experience, and we look forward to it developing into the signature tailgating area on our campus,” UT athletic director Dave Hart said in a school release Tuesday.

Tailgate Tennessee is a vendor selling packages that include tents, chairs, linens and dishware, catered food and even big-screen televisions.

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PHAT_VOL writes:

GOOD MOVE!

Henley-Street-Bridge writes:

Really is a good move, and would free up more close in parking in the other lot they were in. That's nice and shady in Circle park and not where they were too.. GO VOLS!

doctorvol#211700 writes:

the premium tailgaiting spot is atop G10. Go Josh and Brad!!

DonK37920 writes:

I always thought they should take a Que from Ole Miss and create a "Grove" type atmosphere around the stadium. Alabama has a similar area(The Quad I think). Circle Park and the grass areas around Humanities should be allowed to set up tents the night before. First come basis and pack them in tight. They could easily have some Campus police look over the area like Ole Miss does.

ColdBlackWind writes:

Tailgating lost its appeal to me after 1998. Most of that was due to inconsiderate "new" fans that seemed to not understand there were others at the game to enjoy themselves too. Maybe with a resurgence of Tennessee football we could have a rebirth of respect and class by our fans. Sure would make the experience better for all.

Henley-Street-Bridge writes:

in response to DonK37920:

I always thought they should take a Que from Ole Miss and create a "Grove" type atmosphere around the stadium. Alabama has a similar area(The Quad I think). Circle Park and the grass areas around Humanities should be allowed to set up tents the night before. First come basis and pack them in tight. They could easily have some Campus police look over the area like Ole Miss does.

And the cops are for there what reason? To make sure a group of well healed adults are having fun? Handing out parking citations? Homeland Defense??.. Why do the blasted cops have to be involved in aspect of life. How bout having NO COPS and just hand the pistols and Tazers out to us Vol Fans? (Archie Bunker, 1968)

Henley-Street-Bridge writes:

in response to ColdBlackWind:

Tailgating lost its appeal to me after 1998. Most of that was due to inconsiderate "new" fans that seemed to not understand there were others at the game to enjoy themselves too. Maybe with a resurgence of Tennessee football we could have a rebirth of respect and class by our fans. Sure would make the experience better for all.

That's a good point; All "NEW" johnny come lately Vol fans should be required to pass a written exam before being allowed on top of G-10. The 'Cops" will administer the exam that's written by me.

Olddogsrule writes:

Q1: Is it safe to get drunk an toss a football around when a drunk fan's b-b-q'n at the back of his SUV with the tailgate up?

A: No

Q2: Is it safe to get drunk an b-b-q at the back of yur SUV with the tailgate up knowing a football's gonna get tossed around by drunken fans?

A: No

Q3: So, since it's not safe to either toss a football or b-b-q while tailgaiting ... why tailgate?

A: Tailgatin's not the point, ... gettin' drunk before the game is.

DonK37920 writes:

in response to Henley-Street-Bridge:

And the cops are for there what reason? To make sure a group of well healed adults are having fun? Handing out parking citations? Homeland Defense??.. Why do the blasted cops have to be involved in aspect of life. How bout having NO COPS and just hand the pistols and Tazers out to us Vol Fans? (Archie Bunker, 1968)

Sorry, I didn't fully explain. The cops or even just security to look over the tailgating areas overnight to discourage overserved students or other deviant types from stealing or destroying the area. I was only talking about having the area watched overnight after setting up on Friday night. I agree, once it's Saturday morning get out and let everyone have fun as always.

keepitreal4vols writes:

in response to Olddogsrule:

Q1: Is it safe to get drunk an toss a football around when a drunk fan's b-b-q'n at the back of his SUV with the tailgate up?

A: No

Q2: Is it safe to get drunk an b-b-q at the back of yur SUV with the tailgate up knowing a football's gonna get tossed around by drunken fans?

A: No

Q3: So, since it's not safe to either toss a football or b-b-q while tailgaiting ... why tailgate?

A: Tailgatin's not the point, ... gettin' drunk before the game is.

A. You need to upgrade and buy a bigger and better grill. Leave that little portable camping stove at home.

ActualUTAlum writes:

in response to doctorvol#211700:

the premium tailgaiting spot is atop G10. Go Josh and Brad!!

Yeah, if you get one of the 10 spots on the end that actually have room to set something down. Or if you hate grass. But hey, the big shots will see you!

voloffaith writes:

in response to ActualUTAlum:

Yeah, if you get one of the 10 spots on the end that actually have room to set something down. Or if you hate grass. But hey, the big shots will see you!

What I found so "considerate" was people with G parking passes on the top level by the Tommy Bowl who would commandeer more than one spot and setup their own Alamo if you will. Yes ,I want them to enjoy the experience ,but your pass is for one spot only. They also will put seats at the front of the parking spot and have their vehicle sticking out farther. Imagine Barney Fife saying,"citizens arrest."

ActualUTAlum writes:

in response to voloffaith:

What I found so "considerate" was people with G parking passes on the top level by the Tommy Bowl who would commandeer more than one spot and setup their own Alamo if you will. Yes ,I want them to enjoy the experience ,but your pass is for one spot only. They also will put seats at the front of the parking spot and have their vehicle sticking out farther. Imagine Barney Fife saying,"citizens arrest."

Yeah, lots of people do stuff like that. Very annoying. It would be nice if we had some kind of huge grassy field like Auburn so everyone could spread out and relax. Too bad our campus is a concrete jungle.

ETownVol writes:

in response to voloffaith:

What I found so "considerate" was people with G parking passes on the top level by the Tommy Bowl who would commandeer more than one spot and setup their own Alamo if you will. Yes ,I want them to enjoy the experience ,but your pass is for one spot only. They also will put seats at the front of the parking spot and have their vehicle sticking out farther. Imagine Barney Fife saying,"citizens arrest."

Not to be critical, but it was actually Gomer Pyle that tried to perform the "citizens' arrayest" on Barney. :)

Olddogsrule writes:

in response to keepitreal4vols:

A. You need to upgrade and buy a bigger and better grill. Leave that little portable camping stove at home.

Dude down towards Spring City welds em up. Fit in yer pickup all the way to double axle trailer. But my Walgreens special works jus fine, thank you. It's a small barrel smoker with cast iron grills, an I can adjust air in & out an have a chip box fer mesquite or what have you and it does venison backstraps, steaks, or what have you to perfection.

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