Tennessee Reveals Vaccination and Mask Policy for Neyland Stadium

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    Tennessee football is just over a week away from the start of their 2021 football season. In addition, the athletics department has unveiled its procedures and policies for masks and vaccinations inside Neyland Stadium. After a season full of empty seats and safety guidelines in 2020, Tennessee will attempt to return to a traditional format with its fans in the stands.

    The University of Tennessee will not require proof of vaccination or negative COVID tests to enter Neyland Stadium in 2021, according to a University spokesperson.

    Tennessee will also not require a face mask while inside of the stadium. However, Tennessee is encouraging the use of face masks while inside Neyland.

    The topic of vaccinations and face mask requirements have been a hot topic lately. For instance, on Tuesday, LSU announced that they would require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours to enter their stadium for all entrants 12 years and older.

    In June, Tennessee announced that it would be opening up Neyland Stadium to its full capacity for all home games this season. However, it is important to note that Tennessee’s policies or guidelines could still be changed later in the season.

    Coach Josh Heupel and the Tennessee football team will begin their season at home on Thursday, Sept. 2. The Vols will take on Bowling Green inside Neyland Stadium to kick off week one of college football a few days early.

    There have been several fascinating storylines surrounding the Tennessee team this fall. Quarterback Brian Maurer has entered the transfer portal, the Vols’ linebacker core has continued to improve, and much more.

    The University of Tennessee will not require proof of vaccination, nor require the use of a mask, for football games in Neyland Stadium this season.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.