Oct. 5, 2005
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the team that won the hearts of Tennessee fans by winning 1985 SEC Championship and upsetting No. 2 Miami in the 1986 Sugar Bowl. To pay tribute to this special team, the University of Tennessee Athletics Department is hosting a reunion this weekend.
The festivities begin with a special gala titled "A Night With the 1985 SugarVols" for members of the 1985 Tennessee football team and UT fans at the newly-restored Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are $50 each.
Guests will be treated to a special program on stage followed by the grand premier screening of the Vol Network's special edition 20th Anniversary 1985 SugarVols on DVD. Each ticket order will be presented a copy of the two-disc collector's edition DVD that contains, among other things, the ABC Sports telecast of the 1986 Sugar Bowl in its entirety. Everyone in attendance will receive a commemorative full-color SugarVols poster and a Big Orange dessert.
Members of the 1985 Tennessee Volunteers will be in attendance along with Johnny Majors, John Ward and others. There will be a meet and greet autograph session with the 1985 SugarVols from 7-8 p.m.
On Saturday, members of the team will be honored on the field at Neyland Stadium before the Tennessee-Georgia game as the UT-Chevrolet Legends of the Game.
To purchase tickets for the Tennessee Theatre event, call (865) 656-4444 or visit the www.tennesseetheatre.com. Seating is reserved and limited.
UTAD URGES CAUTION FOR OUTSIDE TICKET PURCHASES
The UT Athletics Department is urging all fans to be careful when purchasing football tickets from sources other than UTAD. Fans who purchase fraudulent tickets will be asked to leave the stadium.
MASCOT CHALLENGE MOBILE TOUR COMES TO GEORGIA GAME
The Capital One Mascot Challenge Mobile Tour travels to Knoxville for the UT-Georgia game to encourage fans to vote "Smokey" for their favorite college mascot and Capital One Mascot of the Year.
The mobile station will be set up in Chevrolet Volunteer Village, located in Humanities Plaza, before the game. Fans will have the opportunity to get their picture taken with Smokey, receive free giveaways and vote online or by text message for Smokey at www.capitalonebowl.com. The fan vote is the sole determinant of the winner.
The mascots with the best win-loss records face off in online playoffs in December. The winner will be pronounced Capital One National Mascot of the Year on Jan. 2, 2006, during the Capital One Bowl.
Fans can being voting before the mobile tour arrives and after it leaves everyday at www.capitalonebowl.com.