On Thursday afternoon, Tennessee Director of Athletics Danny White announced plans to host a “Big Orange Block Party” around Lindsey Nelson Stadium as the Vols host LSU for the NCAA Super Regional baseball tournament. Over the past week, there have been many calls on social media for White and Tennessee officials to act and fill the gaps in and around the stadium once tickets were sold out immediately after they went on sale Wednesday morning.
After announcing that tickets were sold out for the weekend, the Tennessee Ticket Office let fans know that there will be standing room only tickets sold 90 minutes before each game for $15. Only 500 tickets were available for purchase due to the allotment of tickets given to students, season ticket holders, and donors.
With the number of fans wanting to attend the games this weekend exceeding the seating capacity of Lindsey Nelson Stadium, a decision was made to close Pat Head Summitt Road and Todd Helton Drive near left field to traffic. Fans will now be able to participate in the “Big Orange Block Party” free of charge for each game this weekend. There will be a live big-screen game broadcast, games, concessions and more.
Saturday: Area on Pat Head Summitt Road opens at 4:30 p.m. ET (2.5 hours before first pitch at 7:00 p.m. ET)
Sunday: Area on Pat Head Summitt Road opens 2.5 hours before first pitch
The “Big Orange Block Party” will be something that Lindsey Nelson Stadium has never seen before but is something that will most definitely resemble that of a tailgate surrounding Neyland Stadium during football season. One thing is certain: the crowd will be large, loud, and daunting for the LSU Tigers as they look to advance to Omaha to compete in the College World Series.