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Workers painting the Big Orange T on Peyton Manning Pass

More than 1,000 Vol fans joined alumnus and football legend Peyton Manning on October 19 to officially dedicate Peyton Manning Pass. Read more here.

A University of Tennessee campus road is getting a spirited facelift, just in time for the new academic year. Peyton Manning Pass is being painted to look like UT’s Shields–Watkins football field.

The project was made possible from UT’s Senior Gift Campaign fund. The work involves the painting of a Power T in the center and two checkerboard end zones.

Peyton Manning Pass runs from Volunteer Boulevard to Phillip Fulmer Drive in front of Neyland Stadium. It is the main route for the Vol Walk, a football Saturday tradition that brings fans to each side of the road as the Volunteer football team walks into the stadium.

UT expects the work to be completed in time to open the road by Monday, August 20. Fall semester classes begin Wednesday, August 22.

Nearly 700 graduates of the classes of 2007, 2008, and 2009 donated the funds. The project has been delayed due to ongoing construction of the stadium and nearby roadwork. The $20,000 project involves road repaving and stamping the design into the pavement before painting with road-grade paint. National Pavement, a contractor, is performing the work.

A dedication for the street will be held this fall. For more than twenty years, seniors have raised money for the Senior Gift Campaign to present the university with a gift upon their graduation. More than $400,000 has been raised since the program began in 1991.

C O N T A C T :

Karen Simsen (865-974-5186, karen.simsen@tennessee.edu)