KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— Tennessee hasn’t sold out its 25,000 ticket allotment for its season-opening game against Georgia Tech, but only single seats remain, according to the school’s website.
Athletic director John Currie said Tuesday morning “hats off to Tennessee fans” for purchasing nearly all of the approximately 4,500 tickets that remained Tuesday when the school offered up what was left of its allotment to the general public.
“We had like 4,500 tickets we put on sale yesterday for the game against Georgia Tech,” Currie said. “Those went really fast, so we pretty much sold every ticket we had.”
Pretty much, but not quite all of them yet.
Meanwhile, Georgia Tech sold its 30,000-ticket allotment to the game at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium as part of its season ticket package and has since came back and gotten another 3,500 tickets.
Currie said he’d bet ‘orange will be the predominant shade” earlier this month, and he’s not backing off that prediction even after learning that the Yellow Jackets have sold more tickets than the Vols.
“We know there will be tens of thousands of Tennessee fans who found their way to the game through other avenues, whether it was ticket brokers, or buying from Georgia Tech fans,” Currie said Tuesday morning on WNML radio’s “1st Quarter” show. “So I fully expect we will have a preponderance or orange in that building.”
Currie said he sees the advantages and disadvantages of opening the season on Monday night, Sept. 4.
“It’s a week before (NFL) Monday Night Footballs starts, so we’re in that slot, and it’s great visibility for Coach Jones and our program, as it deserves,” Currie said. “The disadvantage is it’s Monday night and our student athletes have school on Tuesday morning, and so we’ll fly back and get back and 2 or 3 (o’clock) in the morning, and they’ll be at class at 8 o’clock in the morning.
“And, we have fans who have to get up and take the kids to school in the morning or get to work, so we recognize the inconvenience for our student athletes and our fans, but it is a special opportunity.”
TENNESSEE FOOTBALL TICKETS WEBSITES
The single seats still available on the UT website AllVols.com and are in the upper deck, priced at $80 or $90 each.
The Chick-fil-A website is selling pairs of tickets that include tailgate event access starting at $334.50 in the upper deck, and ranging as high as $645 in the lower deck.
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