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They've widened a bunch of the concourses and prettied up the outside of the place with brick the past couple of years.
I think they're two phases through the multi-phase renovation.
Honestly, I get to be in the press box, and it's pretty darn cozy up there, but I know the seats have always been a bit cramped. Tough to cram in 102,000 plus without making the seats pretty tight. The stadium goes straight up vertically and doesn't fan out like the Rose Bowl, Michigan Stadium and other huge stadiums.
And yes, there are hills all over East TN, Knoxville, campus and the surrounding area. We've got big calves in this part of the country, for sure.
Neyland's renovations have helped a lot, and the big General Neyland statue is pretty cool, so if you haven't been in a few years you might be surprised. Not quite the Castle Grayskull erector set it used to be from the outside, but obviously they still have some work to do.
I've gotten used to it over the years, but it's obviously a great place to watch a game. It gets as loud as anywhere you'll see when UT is good and the fans are into it, but it's become a bit more like a glass jaw with UT's struggles over the years. And there will be a ton of Bama fans in there, obviously, so I'm sure y'all will have a good time.
And, yanno, call me crazy, but I think Bama will probably do pretty well once the ball is kicked off, too.
JMO. Go Cubs. Go America.
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We will have plenty of room to spread out before half time.
1984 300ZX Anniversary Model, 1970 Olds 442 W-30 & Pepper Bird
Nice place, lived here for 20 years, can walk to strip from stadium (you will be disappointed) and downtown which has some really cool places. Smokies are spectacular this week!
Fans are similar and can make a lot of noise, but if they get down they leave. Parking not easy, campus is hilly. Construction on downtown bridge......I like a place in the square called Treos, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Best Mexican is Los Amigos in Maryville( just past the airport). Good selection of Bama apparel at Sports Seasons on Kingston Pike. Best Italian, Naples or Bravo on Kingston Pike, best burge and desserts, Littons on North Broadway
There's plenty of places on Cumberland to drink and watch football all day. You can also go to the Old City. Tailgating isn't that great IMO because of the hills on campus.
Crimson goggles off, it's a nice city. More family oriented however as you have West Hills and Farragut plus the outlying neighborhoods of Knoxville. Go to the liquor store off the West Hills exit on I40. I've been there a hundred times and always forget the name, but pretty sure it's Al's. Its by the Barnes/Noble and by a Vitamin Shoppe right off Kingston Pike.
Been to Los Amigos twice and neither time was I disappointed.
Soccer Taco > Los Amigos
Where that be?
All over Knoxville. Best one is in Market Square.
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We're staying at the Hampton at the Campbell Lakes exit. There is a bus shuttle from Farrugut HS to the stadium. Anyone have any experience with that shuttle? If yes, how difficult is it to catch the return bus after the game? Thanks.
I'd be interested in knowing about this also.
The shuttle to Farragut is expensive, but I'd consider it a bargain if it allowed me to exit Knoxville with a minimum of pain.
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