Tennessee will open 2015 with a home game -- but it won't be in Knoxville.
The Vols will play their opener against UAB at LP Field in Nashville on Sept. 5, 2015, UT announced on Thursday.
Coach Butch Jones unveiled the news during Thursday’s recruiting celebration in Nashville.
Tennessee is 4-0 all-time against UAB, including a 32-29 double-overtime victory in 2010.
Tennessee played at LP Field in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30, 2010, losing to North Carolina in double-overtime 30-27.
Tennessee opened the 2002 season at LP Field, beating Wyoming, 47-7.
Nashville is increasingly important in recruiting for Tennessee. Of the 10 in-state players signed by the Vols in the 2014 class, eight were from the middle part of the state. The departure of Vanderbilt coach James Franklin could also open opportunities for UT to make inroads.
The full 2015 schedule has yet to be released, although the Vols are expected to host Oklahoma in Knoxville after playing in Norman in 2014. North Texas announced last year that it would play the Vols at Neyland Stadium on Nov. 7, 2015. UT signed a two-year agreement with Connecticut in 2008 that was scheduled to include a trip to play the Huskies in 2015, but UT athletic director Dave Hart said that series had been suspended.
Hart said the Vols would still play seven games in Neyland Stadium in 2015.
Hart said he had spoken about a game with Scott Ramsey, president of the Nashville Sports Council, for more than a year.
"It is exciting to have this come to fruition, and we look forward to opening our season in front of a great crowd in Nashville," Hart said.
Game time and ticket information is not yet available.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him on Twitter.