My husband and I had our very first date at Neyland Stadium. We sat under what used to be the VOLS sign in the high rise area of the stadium. It was the Tennessee vs. Alabama game on October 18, 1980. It rained the whole day, except when Charlie Daniels entertained at half time. Despite the rain and the loss to Alabama, we are still together, married 40 years now. We consider October 18 an anniversary for us and our continued attendance at Neyland ever since – now with our daughters, son-in-law (who is a Georgia fan) and grandsons (who we are working on being Volunteer fans). The middle sings Rocky Top at the top of his lungs. Go Vols! My niece, Kera Sewell, also was Jr. Smokey for several years and Smokey occasionally, so we loved seeing her perform during the games!
– Sandy Dodson