Tennessee's volleyball team moved from Stokely Athletics Center to Thompson-Boling Arena for the 2008 season.
About the Arena
Named for B. Ray Thompson and retired University president Edward J. Boling, Thompson-Boling Arena is one of the largest on-campus arenas in the country and is located on the banks of the Tennessee River.
In 2008, the arena underwent an $18 million renovation, which included the addition of 32 luxury suites and a 166-seat loge area that provides a side-court view on the arena's north side. Also included in the renovations was the addition of a $3 million, center-hung scoreboard, all new black chairback seats and renovations to the continuous-ring concourse.
Six concessions areas are located throughout the concourse, and 32 portals lead to the seating areas. From the playing level, tunnels provide access to team dressing rooms, media areas and storage rooms.
Volleyball in Thompson-Boling
Following 10 seasons of play in Stokely Athletics Center, the Lady Vols volleyball began play in Thompson-Boling for the 2008 season. In its first season, the team posted a 11-3 record at home.
Tennessee defeated Chattanooga 3-0 in its first match in Thompson-Boling Arena on Aug. 29, 2008.
Volleyball/Indoor Track Facility
Initial feasibility for an indoor competition track and practice facility on the UT campus was estimated at $11.5 million while total cost for the volleyball facility was estimated at $7 million.
The facility is scheduled to include:
- Competition volleyball court and two practice courts
- Retractable bleachers with room for more than 2,500 spectators
- Six-lane, 200-meter competition track with eight interior sprint lanes
- Sandpits and runway areas for long jump, triple jump and pole vault
- Team locker rooms
- Coaches offices
- Player lounges
For more information on the Volleyball/Indoor Track Facility, visit the Tennessee Fund facility challenge page.
Stokely Athletics Center
The 1998 season marked the return of the Tennessee Lady Vol volleyball team to Stokely Athletics Center for the first time since the conclusion of the 1989 campaign. The Lady Vols debuted their new facility against Florida Atlantic on Sept. 4 in the Toyota Lady Vol Classic. The match, that Tennessee won, 3-0, drew the third-largest crowd at the time (737) to witness a volleyball match at the University of Tennessee, including matches played at Alumni Gymnasium.
Tennessee made the most of its new digs, finishing the season with an impressive 11-2 home mark with its only losses coming at the hands of NCAA Tournament participants Florida and South Carolina. The Lady Vols' home mark was the third-best in the conference in 1998, behind only Florida (19-0) and Arkansas (17-2). Following the 14-1 home mark earned by the 2004 squad, the Lady Vols are 76-29 all-time in the facility and have a .724 winning percentage.
As many teams found out the past seven seasons, entering Stokely can be a very overwhelming, if not daunting, task for the opposition. In 1998, the Lady Vols rolled to nine straight wins in their lair before dropping a hard-fought match to the Gamecocks. Tennessee made the most of the momentum Stokely generated as the team even took a game from the Gators for the first time since 1996. In 1999, the Orange and White used their home-court advantage to advance to the second round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament for the third straight year as Stokely played host to the event in November.
The Lady Vols also hosted the 2001 tournament, losing a 3-2 battle with South Carolina in the first round. In 2002, UT continued its impressive performance on the checkerboard, amassing a 9-4 record in Stokely. The 2003 campaign saw the Lady Vols earn their best record to date at Stokely, 9-1, with the only setback coming in a five-game affair against Michigan at the Toyota Knoxville Lady Vol Classic. The Big Orange then raised the record to a new level, recording a 14-1 mark and winning its first two NCAA Tournament matches to be played in the building.
From McGhee Tyson Airport: Turn north on U.S. Highway 129 leaving airport. After crossing the Tennessee River bridge just outside of Knoxville, exit onto Neyland Drive (Tennessee Highway 153). Turn left (south) at the bottom of the exit ramp and follow road until Thompson-Boling Arena is visible. Turn left onto Lake Loudoun Boulevard. Turn right at stoplight. Follow Phillip Fulmer Way to parking garage.
From I-40 east (from Nashville) and I-75 north (from Chattanooga): Follow I-40 and I-75 to I-40/I-75 junction in west Knoxville. Continue on I-40 east to U.S. Highway 129 south. Follow 129 south to the exit for Neyland Drive (Tennessee Highway 153). Turn left (south) at the bottom of the exit ramp and follow the road until Thompson-Boling Arena is visible. Turn left onto Lake Loudoun Boulevard. Turn right at stoplight. Follow Phillip Fulmer Way to parking garage.
From I-40 west (from Asheville, N.C.): Follow I-40 west to the James White Parkway exit and exit to the left. Follow Parkway to Neyland Drive (Tennessee Highway 153) until Thompson-Boling Arena is visible. Turn right onto Lake Loudoun Boulevard. Turn right at stoplight. Follow Phillip Fulmer Way to parking garage.
From I-75 south (from Lexington, Ky.): Follow I-75 south to I-275 south just past Merchants Road. Follow I-275 to I-40 east. Exit I-40 east onto James White Parkway and follow Parkway to Neyland Drive (Tennessee Highway 153) until Thompson-Boling Arena is visible. Turn right onto Lake Loudoun Boulevard. Turn right at stoplight. Follow Phillip Fulmer Way to parking garage.
All facilities and facilities projects at the University of Tennessee are supported by donations to the Tennessee Fund and season tickets.
For more information on how you can help support Tennessee Athletics, visit theTennessee Fund homepage.