Continue along Cumberland Avenue with our hotel in your rearview and you’ll come across Volunteer Boulevard, the aptly named road that leads into the heart of UT’s campus. Both the boulevard and the university’s athletic teams take their name from Tennessee’s own reputation as “The Volunteer State,” which it earned for the many volunteer soldiers it sent into the War of 1812. This and other cherished UT traditions are steeped in Tennessean history--even the “UT Orange” of their athletic uniforms comes from the American Daisy, which grew on the Hill, the then-center of UT’s classrooms.
With a stadium that overlooks the Tennessee River and vast green spaces dotted with old growth trees and brick buildings, the UT campus is worth a visit even if the Vols aren’t slated to play. But there’s something to be said for witnessing the white and UT Orange checkered Neyland Stadium during what is undoubtedly one of the most spirited and legacy-laden game days in the entire SEC.