Feb. 19, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Since the gates to Lindsey Nelson Stadium were opened for the first time on February 22, 1993, exactly 996,656 fans have clicked through the turnstiles in Knoxville.
That means that one lucky fan this weekend will be the 1,000,000th in stadium history as the Vols host No. 20 Arizona State, Feb. 22-24.
The 3,344th fan to arrive at Lindsey Nelson Stadium this weekend will be showered with gifts, including throwing out the first pitch, MVP seats for the game, a signed team ball, a catered Porch for a future game, 2013 season tickets and a 1M fan jersey.
In addition to the promotion for the millionth fan, there are a number of other promotions in effect this weekend. On Friday, the first 500 fans will get a free schedule poster, while the first 750 fans on Saturday with receive a 2013 Tennessee baseball schedule cup with a voucher to fill it up for free the first time.
Like always, Sunday will be Kids day with all kids 12-and-under receiving free admission. The first 100 kids will also get a free mini-batting helmet and a voucher for a free ice cream and small drink. Following the game, they will be able to run the bases at Lindsey Nelson Stadium and get autographs from the team and coaching staff.
Get your tickets now at UTTix.com and join in on the fun as the Vols take on the Sun Devils this weekend.
JIMMY HOLT JOINS VOLS AS NEW PUBLIC ADDRESS ANNOUNCER
When fans come to Lindsey Nelson Stadium this season they will hear a new voice booming from above as Jimmy Holt, the morning-show producer for the CMA and ACM award-winning "Andy & Alison and the Morning Crew" show on 107.7 WIVK, joins the Tennessee game day staff as the public address announcer.
"Growing up playing and watching baseball all my life, I am beyond excited to be a part of this team," Holt said. "I can't wait for Big Orange fans to see Coach Serrano's team take the field. East Tennessee loves baseball and to be able to be a part of the action in a ballpark like Lindsey Nelson Stadium is something I'm proud to be involved with."
One of Tennessee's most vocal fans last season, Holt is excited to bring his talents to the booth.
"I did tireless research on each of the Vols' opponents and handed this info to people sitting in my section so they could have lots of heckling material," Holt said. "While I won't be joining in the good-natured ribbing this season, I'm hoping fan's enthusiasm for this young program eclipses last year's.
"In addition to the game, my goal is to give fans a fast-paced, energetic, fun stadium experience that will make them want to bring their family back to Lindsey Nelson Stadium again and again."
Holt has worked on the "Andy & Alison and the Morning Crew" show on WIVK since 1999, adding laughter, stunts and a spark of unpredictability to every show, helping make it the number one most listened-to radio show on the dial.
Working on the Flagship Radio Station of the Vols, Jimmy echoes the passion UT fans have for the Volunteers and regularly wakes up East Tennesseans with the "Big Orange Wake Up Call", in which he sneaks a marching band into people's bedrooms to surprise them with a live rendition of Rocky Top.
His many "victims" include the likes of Pat Summitt, David Keith, Holly Warlick, Knoxville mayor Tim Burchett, several local celebrities and other former Vols.