It’s one thing to mock Georgia Tech football for its ticket woes (and at least Collins is struggling mightily to inject some life into that program).
It’s another thing when it’s Tennessee.
Tennessee for the first time is offering a season-ticket style pass that will allow fans to attend every home football game, but would not ensure them the same seats for each game.
The pass is dubbed the Vol Pass and sells for $280. It is available now and will cover all eight home games this season. The pass has been offered the past three seasons for men’s and women’s basketball.
Fans with the pass would secure their seats through an online selection process before each home game.
The seat inventory for each game will be available to view Monday morning of each game week until noon ET on Friday. During the seat selection process, fans will have the opportunity to purchase additional single-game tickets, if available, at face value.
No tickets for this pass will be mailed or held at will call. They must be downloaded via cellphone.
Traditional season tickets remain on sale for the football season.
College football programs are combating declining attendance.
The Vols’ announced attendance for last season’s seven home games totaled 650,887 for an average crowd of 92,984. Neyland Stadium’s listed capacity is 102,455.
Announced attendance reflects tickets distributed – not the number of fans who actually attend the game. As for actual attendance, records showed Tennessee totaled 545,343 fans in 2018, which equates to an average actual crowd of 77,906.
No word yet on whether Fulmer is considering a “4 tickets, 4 doughnuts, 4 cokes” promotion.