How many sellout crowds will visit Neyland Stadium in 2014?
At least one. That’s because 102,455 was the official count for Sunday night’s opener. Significant? Indeed, because it was the first sellout crowd for a season opener at Neyland Stadium since 2007.
I think it is a barometer for the health of the program.
So, to today’s question…
It is difficult to answer because it depends on some important factors: (1) W-L record; (2) Opponent; and (3) Starting time. When we win, the people come. When we play one of the hated big boys, the people come. And when we start games at noon, not as many people come. The last factor is unpredictable because the networks run the show and look at the first two factors to determine kickoff times.
The students seem to be in to the Vols big time right now, which is a significant additional factor. High-definition television, with a comfortable couch and easy-to-get-to food/drink/bathroom doesn’t help.
Nonetheless, here are the remaining home games, with asterisks (***) for my predictions for sellouts…
- Arkansas State
What say you?