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Tennessee Sets Stadium Attendance Record During Saturday’s Super Showdown

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Tennessee is continuing to break its own stadium records at the ballpark.

The Vols’ fanbase set a new Lindsey Nelson Stadium attendance record during Game 2 of the Knoxville Super Regional on Saturday with 6,506 spectators scattered throughout the stands, the concourses, and the tiered patio section in the outfield.

If Tennessee (1-0) defeats Evansville (0-1) on Saturday, it will be the final game from Lindsey Nelson Stadium this season. If the Purple Aces come out victorious, though, the teams will meet back up on Sunday evening in what will certainly be the final home game of Tenessee’s season with a ticket to Omaha on the line. It feels likely that Tennessee could break its own record once again if a winner-take-all scenario does happen.

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Tennessee set an attendance record during the Friday night game against LSU earlier in the season with 5,901 fans in the stadium but broke that one day later with 6,155 fans jammed in on a Saturday evening. The Vols benefitted from the large number of people at the Tennessee Football Orange & White game that same day, which ended about an hour before the first pitch between the Vols and Tigers.

Tennessee broke the LSU record in the first game of the Knoxville Regional with a stadium crowd of 6,396 in attendance. The Northern Kentucky game on Friday was the high point of the weekend as Tennessee drew 6,255 on Saturday against Indiana and 5,963 on Sunday against Southern Miss.

The Vols had 6,195 in the ballpark for game one of the Knoxville Supers.

Tennessee’s massive stadium output this season with multiple record-breaking games is the product of major offseason renovations to Lindsey Nelson Stadium specifically for postseason environments like the one playing out this season in Knoxville. Evansville head coach Wes Carroll called the crowd “suffocating” after the Purple Aces’ loss on Friday.

Over the offseason, Tennessee added 900+ new seats along left field that replaced 546 temporary seats in that same location, 130 new seats on the third base line, and 120+ new seats on the first base line. The added renovations also allowed for more standing-room space in the concourse sections, which is why Tennessee can pack in over capacity.

Evansville currently leads No. 1 Tennessee 10-5 after six innings in Knoxville. Check-in with Rocky Top Insider’s live updates from Lindsey Nelson Stadium for the latest on the ballgame.

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