In 2014 Checker Neyland was a concept thought up by Vols fan Spencer Barnett. He posted the idea to Twitter and then Knoxville-based web developers Tim McLeod and Jonathan Briehl picked up on it and registered checkerneyland.com the next week. It became a fan driven event where fans were encouraged to wear orange or white depending on where they sat in Neyland Stadium for the Florida Tennessee game on 10/4/14. Doubters said that fans couldn’t pull it off – and they were oh-so-wrong. Tennessee Volunteers fans made it happen, made a statement, and made a new tradition.
The image above is an actual image of the results the fans were able to come up with after the concept was thought up the week before, and the website / coordination was launched just the Monday before. Pretty darn good.
This year, the University is backing the idea and the “Checker Neyland” game will be played this Saturday against Oklahoma. We can’t think of a better way to kick off the season opener in Knoxville at Neyland Stadium! Going to the game? Find out what color to wear & come see Sport Seasons for the official Nike tee for the Checker Neyland game. (We also carry the tee in grey.)