‘VOLS’ returns to the upper deck of the southern tip region of Neyland

VOLS Letters are officially back at the top of the south end of Neyland Stadium. Two sets of them, to be exact.

Tennessee State Athletic Director Danny White on Thursday afternoon posted a graphic to social media showing the letters — white letters inside the orange squares, similar to those that stood over the south end area of ​​the stadium — on each side of the video board above the south end. the top of the area.

It’s not exactly news, as White has publicly spoken about the return of messages that Tennessee fans love so much, but she is the first artist to deliver what The Vols apparently planned.

Nieland Stadium is currently undergoing extensive renovations on both the Lower West Side and the upper deck of the North End District.

Prior to the South Carolina game last season, White had a previous set of oversized letters placed outside Neyland’s Gate 21. It previously stood at the top of the upper floor in the South End District, before the video board was added to the stadium.

White posted a picture of the letters on Twitter:

“You know there’s sentimental value in these letters! I thought you’d enjoy some nostalgia today—they’re outside Gate 21 if you want a picture. I’m going out on a limb and thinking you all want us to include Vols characters in our Neyland renovation plans…?”

While appearing on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville last October, White was asked about messages and listening to feedback from his Tennessee fan base.

“I’m learning every day on the job here,” White, who was hired away from Central Florida in January 2021, said at the time. “I have a lot to learn about our history. One of the things I discovered very quickly is that our fans love those messages. The nostalgia that I think evokes in a lot of people, sort of before the video board days, when those messages were glowing up in the field.”

“I asked our employees and they had a place, I don’t know where,” White continued. “I got them out of a shed or something, I don’t know, but I just rolled them out. We’ll continue to enjoy that. We have a lot of renovations we need to do on the field here in the coming years. It needs a lot of work and we’re excited about the improvements we can.” Make it. I think finding a way to integrate these messages should be a priority. We’ll find out.”

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Last June, two renovations were announced – scheduled to be completed before the 2022 season – including an added video board and fan party deck in the North End District’s upper deck along with chair-back seating and a field-level fan lounge along the West Side Line , behind the Tennessee seat.

White said when the plans were announced: “The two projects that we know we’re going through, and both projects, at least a different version, were talked about sort of before I arrived, and I was able to get into those conversations and try to build on the work that’s already been done.

“We’ve modified a few things that I think really respond to what we’ve been getting from a fan survey standpoint in Tennessee over the past several years, but are also in line with what we’re seeing in new modern facilities across the country, new construction and renovations across SEC and College Football and the NFL.”