Tennessee’s 2015 season opener at LP Field in Nashville against UAB will have one thing that’s not possible at Neyland Stadium: Beer at the concession stands.
The contract between Tennessee and the Music City Bowl, which is organizing the game, permits alcohol sales at concession stands as long as they are cut off by the end of the third quarter.
A copy of the contract was released to the News Sentinel on Tuesday.
Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart said the Sept. 5, 2015, game is “revenue neutral,” in that the Vols don’t expect to make or lose any money from moving the game from its original location in Knoxville.
UAB is still guaranteed the same $925,000 it would have been paid for playing in Knoxville.
The Music City Bowl is guaranteed $400,000. UT gets the first $2 million in gate receipts, plus 80 percent of gate revenue above $2 million. The Music City Bowl gets the other 20 percent.
The contract says the bowl will handle all ticket sales and work with Tennessee to meet ticket priority requests.
Virtually all of the tickets will be available for Vols fans. LP Field has a listed capacity of 69,798. Of that total, 2,300 tickets will be reserved for staff, player and recruiting comps for both teams. UAB will be given 1,600 to sell, and the Music City Bowl will purchase 1,000.
SEC officials will call the game and Tennessee will retain all television and broadcast rights. The contract says the game is likely to be televised by one of the ESPN networks, although the details are to be determined.
Tennessee also has scheduled non-conference games against Oklahoma and North Texas at Neyland Stadium in 2015. A scheduled game at Connecticut was indefinitely tabled.
Tennessee's agreement with the Music City Bowl
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