Tennessee fans have elected not to participate in “Checker Neyland” this season, marking the first time since the fan-led tradition started in 2014 that Vol fans decided against it. But Tennessee will still be playing in front of a patterned crowd for at least one game this season.
Auburn announced that fans will “stripe” Jordan-Hare Stadium when the Vols come to town for this Saturday’s match-up. Fans will alternate the team’s two primary colors, orange and blue, to create a striped pattern in the stands.
This isn’t the first time Auburn has striped their stadium for an SEC game. The Tigers asked fans to participate in a striping back in 2015 when Auburn hosted Ole Miss, and they’ve done it for various games since.
Vol fans were inspired to “checker” Neyland Stadium after seeing Oklahoma stripe their stadium when the Vols traveled to Norman, Oklahoma in 2013. Tennessee checkered Neyland Stadium against Florida in 2014 and 2016 and against Georgia in 2015 and 2017. Vol fans decided not to do a “Checker Neyland” game against Florida this year, and it’s unlikely fans will do so for any home game this season.
No. 21 Auburn (4-2, 1-2 SEC) will host Tennessee (2-3, 0-2) on Saturday, October 13th. The game will kick-off at 11 AM Central time, and it marks the first time since 2013 that the two teams have faced-off against each other.