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Fans flock to Neyland Stadium for the first UT game of the season

Here’s what we’re talking about this morning ahead of Thursday night’s matchup
Published: Sep. 2, 2021 at 5:33 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 2, 2021 at 4:17 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - It’s finally football time in Tennessee, and Neyland Stadium will be 100 percent capacity with fans for the first time since 2019. WVLT News took the show to UT Campus to see how students, fans and Vol Nation are getting ready for the 2021 home opener against Bowling Green State University.

Here’s what we’re talking about the day of the game:

Ted Hall took fans right up to the stadium in Circle Park where Volunteer fans are tailgating and showing some real football spirit.

Zach Rickens played a game of cornhole with local UT fans and broke down how exciting it is to finally make it back to campus for a Volunteer football game.

Sports Director Rick Russo is taking us behind the scenes with first-year head coach Josh Heupel, before he takes the field for his first-ever Tennessee home game. Heupel came to Tennessee with Athletic Director Danny White from University of Central Florida.

WVLT News Anchors Casey Wheeless and Harry Sullivan are diving into how some Vol traditions come together, like the Vol Navy and the Pride of the Southland Band.

Rick also got a chance to sit down with the Voice of the Vols, Bob Kesling as he rings in his 22nd season with UT.

Reporter Maddie Thompson is getting an inside look at what’s new in the world of Vol spirit wear, straight from the VolShop.

Tyler Ivens and Will West from WNML the Sports Animal talked to the crew about their predictions for Thursday’s game.

And Chef Scott shows some great ideas for game day food for your tailgate.

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