Tennessee Volunteers To Open 2015 Season At LP Field
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Volunteers have announced plans to open their 2015 college football season with a neutral-site location at LP Field in Nashville, home of the NFL's Tennessee Titans.
Tennessee will play against the UAB Blazers on Saturday, September 5, 2015.
The game location was announced Thursday by both the Nashville Sports Council and University of Tennessee.
Tennessee last played at LP Field in the 2010 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, when they were beat by North Carolina in a thrilling double-overtime game.
They also opened the 2002 season at LP Field against Wyoming, handing the Cowboys a lopsided 47-7 defeat.
Athletic director Dave Hart said the plans were in the works for more than a year.
"It is exciting to have this come to fruition, and we look forward to opening our season in front of a great crowd in Nashville," he said in a release.
Hart said the university had to move a scheduled series with Connecticut to make the Nashville game happen.
"We have made the necessary adjustments to our 2015 football schedule in order for us to move our opening game against UAB to Nashville, which is a priority for us from the perspective of recruiting, our fans, and our alumni," he said.
The Volunteers still have seven home games scheduled in 2015 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville. Although technically a neutral-site game, with thousands of UT fans in Music City, the game at LP Field will be very Tennessee-friendly.
Nashville Sports Council CEO Scott Ramsey said he expected the game would generate a lot of excitement.
"With the momentum that Coach Jones is building throughout the state, it should be a full stadium with a great atmosphere in downtown Nashville. We look forward to welcoming the fans from both UT and UAB to kick off the 2015 college football season in Music City over Labor Day weekend," said Ramsey.
Tennessee will open their home season the following week against Oklahoma.
LP Field last hosted a regular season neutral-site game in August 2013 when Kentucky and Western Kentucky both opened their seasons in Nashville. WKU upset the Wildcats 35 to 26.