As of August 3, Tennessee has sold 16,781 New Season tickets for the 2022 campaign – 168 percent of the goal of 10,000 new season tickets. That’s also more than double the rate in Tennessee since new season ticket sales were tracked; the previous peak was 7,502 before the start of the 2015 campaign.
UT has sold 58,871 total Season tickets, which is more than five percent above the target of 56,000.
Last month Tennessee Vice Chancellor/Chief Athletics Danny White launched a comprehensive five-year strategic plan for Tennessee Athletics titled rise glorious. The roadmap document established clear operating standards and focused on six fundamental priorities, including growing resources to compete for championships. Ambitious season ticket benchmarks for the next five years of sport were presented as part of the resource pillar.
“Vol Nation has made an extremely strong statement of their enthusiasm for this team,” said White. “We were optimistic that we could achieve ours rise glorious Season ticket goal of 56,000 by September 1st, but we have nearly 17,000 new season tickets to push past that goal with a month left until kickoff. There are very few fan bases in the world that can match that rate of growth.
“This unwavering commitment and support from our fans sends an extremely powerful message to our current players – along with the best recruits in the country – about the possibilities and opportunities that exist for student-athletes here in Tennessee.”
The surge in season ticket sales continues the department’s momentum after a record-breaking year of fundraising. During fiscal year 2022, the Tennessee Fund set records for fundraising ($80,759,936), cash proceeds ($68,568,453) and total donors (18,859).
Heupel and the Volunteers go into the 2022 season with a clear identity. Senior quarterback in his sixth year Hendon hooker leads an offense that broke eight team records in a season, including points (511), offensive yards (6,174) and touchdowns (67) in Heupel’s first fall. UT brings back eight starters from a unit that ranked seventh on offense nationally (39.3) and was the fastest in the country at 2.99 games per minute. On the defensive end, seven starters return from a group that has been in the top 10 in the nation in tackles for losses.
Season tickets remain limited and the only way fans can guarantee new seats in the lower level of Neyland Stadium is through season tickets. All premium inventory is almost sold out. Fans interested in season ticket availability can contact the Tennessee Fund at (865) 974-1218 or visit AllVols.com.
Tennessee kicks off the 2022 season in a special Thursday primetime contest against Ball State on September 1st.