Tennessee AD Phil Fulmer announces Neyland Stadium capacity for 2020
Like most other SEC stadiums, Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium will be at reduced capacity this fall. During a press conference with Gov. Bill Lee, Tennessee athletic director Phil Fulmer announced that capacity will likely be limited to 25 percent this fall. At that limit, the Vols could be looking at 25,614 fans for home games.
“We’re anticipating somewhere around the 25 percent mark,” Fulmer said. “We hope to be able to achieve that.”
Fulmer added that the Vol Walk, a gameday tradition, is unlikely this year due to fan safety concerns. Tailgating is also out for this year. Fulmer referenced comments last week made by a UT chancellor saying that if games are played on campus, there will not be tailgating.
Fulmer noted that the reduced attendance will likely result in $30-40 million in lost revenue for the Tennessee athletic department. He said that the stadium staffing and police force presence will be the same as if games were fully attended.
UT will be allowing a higher percentage capacity than rival Alabama. Bryant-Denny Stadium will be at 20 percent capacity this fall. Tennessee recently learned that its home opener is now scheduled for Oct. 3 when the Vols host Missouri. UT opens the season on Sept. 26 at South Carolina.