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You, yes you, are invited to the RTT Orange & White Game . . . thing

Update [2008-4-14 11:27:38 by hooper]: There is a campus map available in the Google group (join at the bottom of this page!) that has the Fan Day, the Vol Walk, and the available stadium gates marked on it. It's too big to conveniently embed here, and it's another great excuse to join the Hullabaloo group and get the updates the easy way! (You can also make your own map here).

Photo by hooper, who I've no doubt
composed this picture with the
perfect ratio of orange and white petals.

Last week before the long summer, folks. The football Vols practice Tuesday and Thursday, then there's the Orange and White Game, and then . . . well, then we wait for fall.

I think Aerobab is still heading up the RTT Orange and White Game Hullabaloo, so he can jump in here, but if you're like me, you've got questions. Use the comment section below for discussion, but because the post will be dropping further down the page as the week goes on, be sure to sign up for the Google group so you'll get emails keeping you informed of everything as decisions are made.

Anyway, some official info on Saturday, in easily digestible bullets:

  • Admission is free.
  • Current forecast: 68 degrees with times of clouds and sun.
  • The game is at 2:30 p.m.
  • Fan Day autograph and photo session will be from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., but it won't be at Neyland Stadium. It's at the Haslam Field practice facility, which is between the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center and Lindsey Nelson Stadium baseball field. Enter Haslam Field from Pat Head Summitt Drive. Somebody needs to embed a map. Those finding their way will be rewarded with a "Fan Pac" of Volunteer football goodies. And yes, it's all a conspiracy to make the masses realize that we have a baseball team.
  • Tennessee players and staff will be scattered about, grouped together by position. The theory here is that it makes it easier to get as many autographs and pictures as possible, but in reality, it makes you choose one or two groups.
  • Yes, there will be a Vol Walk, and it starts at 1:00, but the team won't be entering Neyland Stadium at Gate 21 due to construction so if you're standing there, well then you can take pictures and high five the others that didn't get the message. It's likely that because Trooper Taylor has left for Oklahoma State that there will be no chest bumps. It's unlikely that John Chavis will be high-stepping his way into the stadium.
  • Enter the stadium through Gates 1-10.
  • You can park in any university event parking lot except for Lot 9 or the G10 garage, which are reserved for people better than us.
  • The game will be televised by SportSouth on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.

So that's the official, now for the Hullabaloo information, also in easy to digest bullets:

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Okay, so you can see we have some decisions to make. Where are we meeting? When? Are we tailgating? Where? If so, who's bringing what? I know next to nothing about tailgating on campus. And my goodness, how are we going to recognize each other? Should we coordinate the autograph-seeking and picture-taking so we get as many close ups of players to use on the blog as possible? Where are we going to sit?

Note: one of my oldest and best friends is soon moving to Nashville from Wisconsin. When I found out last week that he was going to be in Nashville this week and this weekend to scout the area, I of course immediately implemented the Indoctrination-to-Orange Protocol and invited him to the spring game. He somehow tricked his wife into agreeing to attend with their two boys, so . . . RECRUITING VISIT! They're only going to get a brief and diluted glimpse at Game Day in Knoxville, but the bug bites even then.

So . . . discuss.

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