Tennessee to open 2015 season in Nashville against UAB

In this photo taken with a wide-angle lens, the Tennessee Titans battle the Oakland Raiders in the second half of an NFL football game at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010.

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In this photo taken with a wide-angle lens, the Tennessee Titans battle the Oakland Raiders in the second half of an NFL football game at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010.

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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.

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Comments » 12

atchleyaaron#1420833 writes:

Awesome, should play in Nashville or Memphis every other year.

MikeNPS writes:

in response to atchleyaaron#1420833:

Awesome, should play in Nashville or Memphis every other year.

We already play in Nashville every other year, against Vanderbilt.

longandstraight writes:

Why give up home field advantage with 90,000 seats and a good field to play on for 50,000 seats and a poor playing surface. Another bone head move by UTAD. The players from the mid state area didn't sign to play in Nashville, they signed to play in Knoxville. They could have signed with Anderbull if they wanted to play in Nashville 7 times a year.

jakethevolguy writes:

in response to longandstraight:

Why give up home field advantage with 90,000 seats and a good field to play on for 50,000 seats and a poor playing surface. Another bone head move by UTAD. The players from the mid state area didn't sign to play in Nashville, they signed to play in Knoxville. They could have signed with Anderbull if they wanted to play in Nashville 7 times a year.

I agree. I could understand Mempuss but not Nashville. As you say we play Vandurburg there every other year. Yup....bone head bout sums it up.

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

We seem to always lose in Nashville now to the delight of Vanderbilt who now owns the state according to their "T" shirts.
Why are we giving up a home game in 14,? is it because Neyland will only have about 70,000 fans in the house and the Vols will make more money in Nashville?

underthehill writes:

I vote bonehead..surely we'll have a poll..

TazDaVolFan writes:

Not only are we playing in Nashville but we are playing UAB. If you are going to try enthuse folks you might want it to be a better opponent. Who wants to go to Nashville to watch UAB? I am not sure "Bonehead" is strong enough but I can't write the other words.

stevefromjasper writes:

A cupcake game the season ticket holders don't have to buy a ticket for - that's good. Saves me at least $200.

798orange writes:

in response to WaitUntilNextYear:

We seem to always lose in Nashville now to the delight of Vanderbilt who now owns the state according to their "T" shirts.
Why are we giving up a home game in 14,? is it because Neyland will only have about 70,000 fans in the house and the Vols will make more money in Nashville?

Good attempt at taking stupidity to the next level.

Snapshot writes:

in response to WaitUntilNextYear:

We seem to always lose in Nashville now to the delight of Vanderbilt who now owns the state according to their "T" shirts.
Why are we giving up a home game in 14,? is it because Neyland will only have about 70,000 fans in the house and the Vols will make more money in Nashville?

How about reading the article before making a dumb comment. The game is in 2015, not 2014, and Hart clearly states there will still be seven games in Neyland, so they are not "giving up a home game".

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

Thanks wizards my bad, never read the article and had bad information. Enjoy the game, hope we are aren't still losing in Nashville.

IndianOutlaw writes:

This game in Nashville is a Marketing winner for UT. #1 we are swapping it out for a road trip to UConn that would not be a big recruiting help to us for another Tennessee based game in a recruiting hotbed for us. #2 We have complete control of the crowd and tickets unlike playing at Vanderbilt. #3 It gives fans and recruits in West Tennessee and other locations west another and closer chance to see the team. It is easier for these folks to drive to Nashville than Knoxville. And much easier to get a hotel room than in K'ville. #4 Against UAB it would take a lot for it to be a sell out in Knoxville unless we have a 10+ win season in 2014. While a winning season is possibly likely a 10+ is very unlikely. But it will be a sell out in Nashville.
I see no downside to this game, but that is just my opinion and you are welcome to yours.
GBO

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