ESPN featured Neyland Stadium and UT’s Department of Anthropology in this story about college football stadiums with colorful kinks and oddities. The Department of Anthropology, located inside the stadium in what used to be football players’ dormitory, houses more than 1,000 human skeletons. Bodies are donated to UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center and the staff places them at the Anthropology Research Facility, also known as “The Body Farm” to study how they decompose. The research and the skeletons are used to develop methods that help law enforcement identify the remains of unknown individuals.
ESPN also highlighted relics of the past that were unearthed under Neyland Stadium when the artificial turf was being changed to grass.