102,455 people will make their way into Neyland Stadium Saturday night to watch the Vols face No. 13 Ole Miss.
The Saturday night showdown is officially a sell out, Tennessee announced Tuesday.
The SEC matchup will be the first sell out at Neyland Stadium in four years. Tennessee’s 41-0 shutout loss to Georgia was the last sell out at Neyland Stadium.
Tennessee fans are “Checkering Neyland” for the first time since that 2017 game. Vol fans wanted to bring back the tradition and director of athletics Danny White approved the decision Monday.
Neyland Stadium’s attendance has mostly been in the 80,000 range this season and hasn’t hit 90,000 in the first four home games.
Saturday will mark Lane Kiffin’s return to Neyland Stadium for the first time as a head coach. The second year coach returned to Neyland Stadium both in 2014 and 2016 while he was the Alabama offensive coordinator.
Tennessee is expected to receive a boost against the Rebels with Huepel saying he “believes” Jabari Small, Cooper Mays and Theo Jackson will be available.
Ole Miss bolsters one of the nation’s best offenses but its defense has been porous at times this season and should present opportunities for Hendon Hooker and Tiyon Evans to continue their strong seasons.