Knox County football Jamboree no longer held at Neyland Stadium

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A cherished tradition for Knox County High school football players will be no more. The annual Kick-Off Classic Jamboree, once held in Neyland Stadium, will now be hosted at two area high school fields.

The Univesity of Tennessee expressed that the field conditions at Neyland Stadium are of high priority, thus leading to the change in location of the annual Jamboree.

"We place great priority on having the field at Neyland Stadium in the best possible condition when the Tennessee football season begins, which we believe to be in the best interests of our football program. As such, we will not be hosting the Jamboree or any other on-field events in August at the stadium moving forward," said Jimmy Stanton, Senior Associate Athletic Director.

Stanton also mentioned, that there may be discussions of hosting the Jamboree in the Spring, after the Orange and White Game, an idea that proves challenging for area high schools.

"We greatly value our relationships with all of our local high schools, and we understand the unique experience of playing in Neyland Stadium. We will have discussions regarding the potential of hosting the Jamboree in the Spring moving forward."

Knox County Schools announced that this year's Jamboree will be held at two area high school fields. The details of those games and fields are yet to be determined.

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