Aug 17, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - University of Tennessee Athletics has announced that admission to all 2013 home Tennessee soccer games at Regal Soccer Stadium will be free of charge.
"This decision to offer free admission was made for both our student-athletes and our fans," head coach Brian Pensky said. "We want to continue to increase our attendance and create even more of a true home-field advantage. We want our student-athletes to be supported and cheered for as loudly as possible, and by as many fans as possible. We want our fans to come out in droves - so hopefully not even having to think about the cost of admission will inspire even more families to come support our team. We owe this to our team and to the local community as we continue to pursue championships."
Fans can now enjoy the exciting game day environment of Regal Soccer Stadium, one of the premier soccer facilities in the country, at no cost for admission. In addition to the thrill of watching live SEC soccer action, game days at Regal Soccer Stadium include kid's carnivals and games, autograph signings, giveaways and prize drawings. The entire experience is truly a treat for the whole family.
The Tennessee soccer team opens its 2013 regular season at home against Oklahoma on Friday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m. ET as part of First Tennessee Friday. Tennessee Tech and Kennesaw State will play a game at 5 p.m. ET before the UT-OU game. Admission to both games is free.
Friday's season opener was originally scheduled as Knox County Schools Night, which featured free admission for donation of two school supplies to benefit the Knox County Schools Teacher Supply Depot. Donations will still be accepted on Friday at the stadium.
The Tennessee soccer program is now in its 18th season and enters its second season under the direction of Pensky. Last year, the team went 14-5-3 and made its 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Tennessee finished third in the SEC with a 9-3-1 conference record after league coaches picked the team to place 11th in the 2012 preseason poll. This season, SEC coaches picked UT to tie for third in the conference.
The Orange and White features a roster that is 31-players strong with 16 returning veterans and 15 exciting newcomers. Among the returners are 2013 NSCAA All-American and All-SEC pick Hannah Wilkinson, 2013 assist leader Caroline Brown and the majority of the back line that produced the greatest defensive season in Tennessee soccer history (program-record 0.69 GAA in 2012).