Tennessee Announces Sellout for Akron on Saturday Night

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    Tennessee will host Akron in front of a sold-out Neyland Stadium on Sept. 17. Photo via @AD_DannyWhite on Twitter.

    The hype level around the Tennessee football team just continues to rise.

    Ahead of the highly-anticipated Top 25 showdown with Florida in Knoxville on Sept. 24, Tennessee announced on Friday afternoon that the Akron game on Sept. 17 will be a sellout in Neyland Stadium.

    Tennessee will now have back-to-back sellouts for the next two weekends in Knoxville as the Vols host both Akron and Florida.

    The excitement around the Tennessee football team is massive. The fact that Tennessee was able to sell out Saturday night’s game, against an Akron team that Tennessee is favored by more than 45 points against, shows just how badly people want to see this team with their own eyes. It will also be the first sellout since Ole Miss in 2021. The Rebels and the Gators being sold out makes sense, but the Akron game is certainly an outlier that proves how desperately people want to see Tennessee in person.

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    Prior to the 2021 Ole Miss game, it had been four years since Tennessee’s last sellout. Now, by the end of September, Tennessee will have had three sellouts in the last seven home games dating back to last season.

    While many familiar with Tennessee may be imagining a sellout being the traditional 102,455 number, things have changed this season. Due to the renovation and the installation of the upper north social deck, Tennessee had to remove 540 seats from Neyland Stadium’s capacity.

    The new Neyland Stadium sellout number will be 101,915. Shoutout to Nashville on that one. Could have removed an extra 50 to make it 101,865… but I digress.

    Regardless, one way or another, there will be over 101,000 screaming fans inside Neyland Stadium over the course of the next two weekends in Knoxville.

    No. 15 Tennessee will host Akron at 7:00 p.m. ET this Saturday night, with the Vols hosting Florida at 3:30 p.m. ET next Saturday afternoon. Both games are officially sold out inside Neyland Stadium.

    Here was the attendance for Tennessee’s home games in 2021:

    Bowling Green – Sept. 2, 2021

    • 84,314

    Pittsburgh – Sept. 11, 2021

    • 82,203

    Tennessee Tech – Sept. 18, 2021

    • 80,053

    South Carolina – Oct. 9, 2021

    • 89,437

    Ole Miss – Oct. 16, 2021

    • 102,455 (sellout)

    Georgia – Nov. 13, 2021

    • 100,074

    South Alabama – Nov. 20, 2021

    • 75,203

    Vanderbilt – Nov. 27, 2021

    • 77,349

    Additionally, Tennessee announced an attendance of 92,236 for their 2022 season-opener against Ball State on Thursday, Sept. 1.

    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.