NEYLAND THROUGH THE YEARS

Scroll through the timeline below for some of the moments that made Neyland Stadium one of the most iconic landmarks in all of college football.

1919

Initial Funding

Initial Funding

Colonel W.S. Shields, president of Knoxville’s City National Bank and a University of Tennessee trustee, provides the initial capital to prepare and equip the stadium

1921

Campus Day

Campus Day

Classes are dismissed to guarantee a work force large enough to get the field ready for a baseball game three days later.

No Fishing Here

No Fishing Here

Neyland Stadium (then Shields-Watkins Field) opens with a single grandstand, the Original West Stands, and a capacity of 3,200.

1922

Orange Jersey Debut

Orange Jersey Debut

The Vols wore orange jerseys for the first time against Emory and Henry

1926

East Stands

East Stands

The East Stands are added, bringing capacity to 6,800

East Stands

The East Stands are added, bringing capacity to 6,800

Coach Neyland

Coach Neyland

General Neyland’s first win comes against Carson Newman

1930

West Stands Expanded

The West Stands are expanded from 17 rows to 42 rows bringing capacity up to 17,860.

1937

North Section X

North Section X

A small row of seats (North Section X) is constructed behind the north end zone, adding 1500 seats.

1938

First National Championship

First National Championship

Tennessee wins its first National Championship. Coach Neyland wins second SEC Coach of the Year award.