LOOK: Neyland Stadium Lower West Club Renovations

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    KNOXVILLE, TN – The new chairback seating in the lower west section of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium. Photo by Ric Butler/Rocky Top Insider.

    The lower bowl on the west side of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium is going to be much more comfortable this fall.

    As the Volunteers kick off the 2022 season this Thursday against Ball State, Tennessee will be debuting a brand new look to the lower west section this year. While future renovations will continue to enhance these features over the coming years, Tennessee will have many new features ready to go for this season in Neyland.

    First and foremost, new premium chairback seating has been added to the lower west stands and features a comfortable, spacious place to watch the game. Each seat provides quality cushioning and comfort and will be a great feature for these spectators.

    KNOXVILLE, TN – The new chairback seating in the lower west section of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium. Photo by Ric Butler/Rocky Top Insider.

    Tennessee’s new seating does come at a premium price. And that is the luxury that Tennessee wants to offer select spectators inside of Neyland Stadium. However, at the same time, that doesn’t mean that Tennessee is going to price other fans out of the stadium.

    “The Tennessee Fund rolled out, this year, the new pricing model,” Tennessee Deputy Athletic Director and Chief Operating Officer Ryan Alpert said on Tuesday. “I think that was important for us to progress forward as an athletics department. And with that, we were able to actually decrease 60 percent of our seat’s pricing across Neyland Stadium. And, certainly, there are some new elements of premium seating but those donors are self-selected to join the lower west club or the upper north or skyboxes. Our goal is to be able to decrease the overall ticket cost for the majority of our fans – at 60 percent. But then offer these new opportunities for others.”

    KNOXVILLE, TN – The new chairback seating in the lower west section of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium. Photo by Ric Butler/Rocky Top Insider.

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    KNOXVILLE, TN – The new chairback seating in the lower west section of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium. Photo by Ric Butler/Rocky Top Insider.

    As Alpert mentioned before, Tennessee is also going to now offer a lower west club for those in the chairback seating premium sections. The lower west club is directly under the lower stands on the stadium and can be accessed through one of four access points. The inner two access points are by walking down the normal steps which will lead to a tunnel with access to the club. Meanwhile, the lower west club can also be accessed on the sides of the section, which leads down to a field-level deck where viewers can watch the game from.

    KNOXVILLE, TN – Outside of the lower west club section of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium. Photo by Ric Butler/Rocky Top Insider.

    It is important to note that the lower west club renovations are not yet completed in the long term. In the short term, they are functional and will provide spectators with a place to sit down away from the sun, order food and drinks, and watch the game from a different perspective. In the coming offseasons, the lower west club will continue to be renovated to look and function like a modern traditional in-game club atmosphere.

    KNOXVILLE, TN – Inside the lower west club section of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium. Photo by Ric Butler/Rocky Top Insider.

    KNOXVILLE, TN – Inside the lower west club section of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium. Photo by Ric Butler/Rocky Top Insider.

    KNOXVILLE, TN – The view of Neyland Stadium from the upper north deck. Photo by Ric Butler/Rocky Top Insider.

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    KNOXVILLE, TN – The view of Neyland Stadium from the upper north deck. Photo by Ric Butler/Rocky Top Insider.

    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.