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Tennessee student section was empty last year

Some of the pictures from last year at Commonwealth Stadium during Kentucky football games were not pretty. Not pretty at all. When the ship really began to sink, gaping holes could be found in the top sections especially, as well as the bottom. Kentucky fans weren’t the only ones struggling to fill the stadium last season though. A report out of Knoxville today said that on average last season, fewer than 5,000 students were in attendance each week. A rare sell out against Florida inflated that number as well. The total student allotment of tickets is 12,683. 

Kentucky fans are hopeful that Mark Stoops will infuse a new level of excitement into Commonwealth Stadium on Saturdays this fall, drawing a much larger crowd. Tennessee is hoping the new hire of Butch Jones will have a similar impact on attendance.

The article does state that attendance across the country is down, even for the teams like Alabama who are winning on a consistent basis at the highest level. The article talks about how the ability to watch so comfortably and luxuriously from home now is a big drawback for attendance.

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

9 Comments for Tennessee student section was empty last year

  1. Frankthetank
    7:32 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Cool story bro…

  2. Ummm
    8:33 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Why does Tennessee show a multitude of “National Championships” when there were only TWO AP National Titles for the Vols? (1951, 1998)?????

  3. Duhrrrrr
    9:37 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    The same reason Alabama claims 15 million, Ole Miss claims three, and Notre Dame claims as many as mother mary will allow.

  4. Johann
    9:50 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Pretty ballsy article considering UK had only about 100 people show up to each game.

  5. Wrong again
    9:54 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    #4 you obviously weren’t there. There were over 200 every game in my section alone.

  6. wroooonnngg
    11:27 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    We don’t have any room to talk. Were you at the Vandy game last year? I was one of about 25 people in the student section that game.

  7. Problem is
    8:22 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    The real problem with student attendance isn’t the luxury of watching the game at home, it’s with the way people are tailgating. Don’t get me wrong, I’m up early with the best of them and tailgating all day, but I tailgate then go to the game. Most students now days are passed out by noon or back at their house puking the rest of the afternoon.

  8. Jughead
    11:48 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Butchie Jones will put butts in Neyland again. The bads news is that they have to travel to that vomitorium, Knoxville. I hate that trashy town.

  9. Truth
    9:07 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    #6, you realize that the low attendance was by design (staged fan walkout in protest).