You Don't Need To Go To Atlanta To Watch the SEC Championship Game

By: Mike McCarthy
By: Mike McCarthy

Knoxville (WVLT) - There are still plenty of places where you could watch the SEC Championship game.

If fact, if you didn't head down to Atlanta, there are plenty of places around Knoxville to cheer on the Orange and White alongside other fans.

Volunteer TV's Mike McCarthy scoped out some hot spots.

Fans say nothing's as good as being at the game, but bars and restaurants say they'll have big crowds, big screens, and of course the Big Orange.

Janice Loveday can't wait.

"Sure I'm counting down the minutes," Loveday said.

This U-T fan could stay here till Saturday's SEC Championship Game.

"More than likely we'll come out. We'll come to Rays. I think it'd be more exciting with a crowd. You know we're going to win!" Loveday said.

She and her husband aren't the Vol Fans expected at Rays Entertainment Sports Grille.

"We expect a large crowd. We can't really say how many people, but we're going to have a pretty decent crowd here," said Matt Godfrey from Ray's Entertainment Sports Grille.

All eyes glued on one of the bar's 38 TV's. Almost all in high definition.

"We'll have our draft beer specials, drink specials, specialty drinks for thing we do, especially UT games," Godfrey said.

If you're trying to catch the game closer to campus...

"Especially on the strip, there's not a sports bar within 15 miles of here that can come anywhere close to the visual experience we'll have in here," Randy McCrary from BW3's said.

BW3's four big-screen all will show UT taking on LSU. Not to mention the restaurants' 43 other TV's.

"When they're here and the crowd's going crazy and Tennessee's behind and they score a game-winning touchdown, this place blows up," McCrary said.

With more than 200 Vols fans expected, just grab your seat early. BW3's suggests around 3:00.

Don't want to go out? You can always throw a party and your place, and the party trays are going fast.

"We've probably gotten double the business today that we typically get," John Pugh from Kroger said.

For Kroger Deli manager John Pugh, that means almost non-stop bagging, cutting, and boxing.

"Tomorrow around 11:00 it'll reach a fever pitch in here," Pugh said.

Tonight, there's one question every customer has to answer.

"You looking forward to the game tomorrow?" Pugh said.

A game fans say just can't start soon enough.

Rays entertainment sports grille takes table reservations, but you can also just walk in and grab a seat. Restaurant owners ask that if the game doesn't end the way you'd like, not to take it out on their business. They say upset fans have broken tables and bathroom urinals in the past.

If you don't want to head out at all, you can catch the game right here on Volunteer TV starting at 4:00.


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