New Neyland Stadium fan experience improvements begin September 1

KNOXVILLE, TN – The 2022 Tennessee football season kickoff is just a week away, and fans can enjoy several upgrades to the playing experience at Neyland Stadium, Shields-Watkins Field this fall. For complete Gameday information, visit

Fireworks, Neyland Night Lights

The spectacular fireworks display that debuted last season during pregame and after UT touchdowns and wins returns in 2022. The spectacular LED light show also returns to accent the festivities in the game. With a late sunset in September, there will be a halftime light show for the season opener against Ball State and the Sept. 17 contest against Akron.

New video card

New video boards, North End Zone social platform

New state-of-the-art video boards are highlighted in the North and South zones this season. For the first time in Neyland Stadium’s history, a video card will reside in the North End Zone as part of the new North End Zone Social Bridge.

The North End Zone Social Deck is an upscale area that offers fans a unique view with a sports bar vibe and upgraded amenities with the new north video card as a backdrop. The bridge will offer an assortment of all-local craft beers on tap that will rotate throughout the season. Additionally, a new walk-in market with innovative technology that allows fans to self-checkout is available. A separate ticket is required to access the new social bridge in the North End area.

Flight Village

Toyota Volunteer Village
The Toyota Volunteer Village will feature a new artist or band every home game with a series of pre-game concerts, providing Vol fans with the ultimate pre-game atmosphere. New this season will be a video wall allowing fans to discover other games around college football. Admission is free for all fans with or without a match ticket. A new food court debuts, along with appearances from Smokey and Spirit Squad. Vol Village, located across from Circle Park, is the perfect place to see the Vol Walk and the Pride of Southland Band march. Vol Village opens 3.5 hours before kick-off and will open at 3:30 p.m. on September 1.

Tailgate Trulys

Truely’s tailgate
Located outside Gate 9, fans can stop to eat and drink at Truly’s Tailgate. Fans can enter Truly’s before the doors open without having a scanned ticket. When the doors open, fans will need to scan their ticket to enter Truly’s. New dining options this season include Texas Roadhouse and Big Orange Bites. For any game starting after noon ET, Truly’s will open four hours before kickoff. For a noon kickoff, the tailgate will open at 9 a.m. Truly’s will remain open throughout the match, providing fans in the South Hall with a variety of food, drink, TV entertainment and additional restroom options. Truly’s will close at the end of the third quarter.

NIL custom jersey

VolShop NIL Gear
Are you looking for match jerseys or personalized t-shirts of your favorite player? VolShop, located near Section A of Hall 1 at Neyland Stadium, will be selling exclusive NIL merchandise all season long. Custom jersey options are available at as well as at the VolShop Student Union location throughout the week.

FLIGHT letters

The return of the letters FLIGHTS

For the first time in over a decade, the iconic letters of VOLS will rise gloriously at the southern end of Neyland Stadium. Two sets with an orange background and white lettering have been installed as part of stadium improvements this offseason under the direction of Vice-Chancellor/Director of Athletics Danny White. The original FLIGHTS letters featured a white background and orange letters which debuted in the summer of 1966. As part of renovations prior to the 1976 season, the letter design changed to white letters on an orange background. Due to the replacement of the Neyland Stadium video card, the letters were removed from the stadium entirely in the summer of 2009. The photo-friendly and timeless tradition has been restored.

New beer kiosk
After kick-off, fans will find a new beer kiosk located outside Gate 21. Similar to Truly’s Tailgate, fans with a match ticket can grab a drink and head back to their seat.

Additional on-campus washroom options
Additional fan restroom options will be located throughout campus on game day, including the Toyota Volunteer Village and Lot 9. The Thompson-Boling Arena restrooms will also be available beginning four hours before kickoff. ‘mail.

Ticket scanner

New digital ticketing and parking reminders
Fans are reminded that tickets and parking passes for the 2022 Tennessee football season are digital and can be viewed via mobile device to improve security and reduce the risk of ticket fraud.

Fans will be admitted to all venues via a unique barcode via SafeTix, which will be scanned directly from a mobile device. For quick and easy access to Tennessee Athletics sites, fans are encouraged to download the Tennessee Athletics app from the App Store (iPhone) and Google Play (android).

All valid digital tickets will display a mobile barcode or hold icon near the reader (tap-and-go). At the various gates of the Neyland Stadium, fans will enter via stand scanners which offer two methods of scanning:

  • Fans with tickets added to their Apple/Google Wallet (recommended) should press near the top of the pedestal and enter.
  • Fans with tickets loaded into their Tennessee Athletics app can scan their own barcode on the center portion of the pedestal and enter.


Fans entering Neyland Stadium via Gate 21, Gate 10 and Truly’s tailgate will participate in a new weapons detection system before scanning their ticket. Fans should have their mobile devices ready to be scanned, but they won’t have to remove keys or wallets from their pockets.

A comprehensive step-by-step guide on how best to access and use your digital tickets and passes, including diagrams and FAQs, is available here.



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