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The University of Tennessee announced Thursday (March 30) plans to provide well-heeled Volunteers football fans with a donor-funded, $600,000, 50-space parking lot for recreational vehicles on game days.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that the new “Game Day Park” will consist of 140,000 square feet of paved surface that will accommodate 50 RV parking spaces with water and electricity hook-ups at each site and a centralized sanitary off-load station. In addition, the area will feature a game day train shuttle transporting RVers to the stadium.
“Enjoying Tennessee football and tailgating in a recreational vehicle has been a tremendous part of Volunteer tradition,” said John Currie, senior associate athletics director. “Over the years, we have had a lot of requests from RV parkers to offer an area with hook-ups and other amenities. This new area will allow RV owners the opportunity to have modern amenities while in town for the games.”
No university funds will be used to develop the area. “All funding for the project will come from the donors who are using the spaces,” said Jeff Maples, senior associate vice chancellor.
Estimated costs for the park, including grading, paving and hook-ups, total over $600,000. To cover the cost, each space will be sold for a commitment of $15,000 to the project, payable over a five-year period.
RVers will also pay an additional $250 annual maintenance fee to cover operational and maintenance costs. Parking space priority is for a 20-year period and spaces will be assigned in priority order.
In order to have the new area ready by the Sept. 2 home opener against California, UT said it must have enough deposits to be able to proceed with the project by May 1.