Member Benefits


Each Tennessee Fund member’s priority and ability to obtain various benefits is determined by a combination of annual giving level and donor rank as determined by the Tennessee Fund point system.

Donor point totals are ranked each year as of gifts received by 5:00 pm on March 1st. The donor with the most accumulated points is ranked number 1, the next highest point total is ranked number 2 and so on. Consecutive years of giving points are withdrawn from a donor account if membership is not renewed annually. Regardless of rank, a donor's annual gift must be made in order to receive the opportunity to purchase priority tickets or parking.

Annual Giving Levels & Benefits


Priority Points

The Tennessee Fund uses a priority point system to help fairly allocate donor benefits. Donors receive points based upon the consecutive number of years that they have given to the Tennessee Fund and the cumulative amount of their contributions. This system seeks to reward both longevity and gift amount when establishing priorities. With the point total, the Tennessee Fund can “rank” all donors regardless of giving category.

Points are allocated as follows:

1 pt.    Awarded for each $100 donated to the Tennessee Fund* since 1986
1 pt.    Awarded for each $100 donated to Capital/Endowment funds since 1986
1 pt.    Awarded for each $1,000 in new annual money raised by a Volunteer Representative
5 pts.   Awarded for each consecutive year of giving to the Tennessee Fund since 1986
10 pts. Awarded for UT Alumni (one-time award per account)
50 pts. Awarded for UT letterman (one-time award per account)
50 pts. Awarded for gifts given prior to 1986 (one-time award)
50 pts. Awarded for 20 consecutive years of giving (one-time award)

*Formerly VASF and Lady Vol Boost-Her Club

Academic supporters who previously received athletic benefits were converted to the Tennessee Fund in 2010. They were given a one-time point award for those gifts based on a similar scale. Moving forward, gifts must be made directly to the Tennessee Fund in order to improve point total and rank.

Tennessee Fund Priority Point Rankings

The Tennessee Fund ranks donors four times annually. The donor with the most accumulated points is ranked number 1, the next highest point total is ranked number 2 and so on. Consecutive years of giving points are withdrawn from a donor account if membership is not renewed annually. Regardless of rank, a donor’s annual gift must be made in order to receive the opportunity to purchase or renew priority tickets or parking. 

Post-March 1 Ranking Used for football parking and away game ticket assignments
Post-June 30 Ranking Used for Vol and Lady Vol basketball parking assignments
Post-November 1 Ranking Used for SEC Championship/Bowl Game assignments
Post-January 1 Ranking Used for Vol and Lady Vol SEC/NCAA Tournament assignments

Use of the Point System

Season Football and Basketball Ticket Assignments and Improvements

The Tennessee Fund uses the point system when ranking donors for annual parking and ticket benefits. For season ticket relocations/improvements, donors will be contacted via email (in May for football and in August for Men's/Women's basketball) and will be given a date and time in Tennessee Fund rank order to go online and review seat upgrade opportunities. This process is done online with the virtual seat diagrams of Neyland Stadium and Thompson-Boling Arena.

Football and Basketball Parking Pass Assignments 

The Tennessee Fund uses the point system during the parking allocation process. Donors must make their contribution and purchase season tickets by the deadline to be eligible to purchase a parking pass. Parking for donors giving $10,000+ annually is assigned within Priority I based on priority point rank. Parking for donors giving $5,000 - $9,999 annually is assigned parking within Priority II based on priority point rank. Parking for donors giving $100 - $4,999 annually is assigned within Priority III based on priority point rank.  Click here for more information.

Away Football Games, SEC Postseason Games / Tournaments, and Bowl Game Ticket Assignments

The Tennessee Fund uses donor rank, as determined by the point system, in two ways when managing the assignment of away football games, SEC postseason games/tournaments, and bowl tickets. The donor’s annual giving category is the primary factor in determining the quantity of tickets the donor may receive. Once it has been determined who will receive tickets to these games, the actual ticket locations are assigned strictly in donor rank order. Click here for more information.


General FAQs

How is my gift to the Tennessee Fund used?

Your gift to the Tennessee Fund is used for student-athlete scholarships, facility upkeep and general operating budget needs. With over 500 student-athletes on campus, your donations play a critical role in the success of UT Athletics programs.


Does my Tennessee Fund donation qualify me for both football and basketball season tickets?
The cumulative annual donation qualifies you for season tickets to football and men's/women's basketball. The gift amount corresponds to seating locations that each donor is eligible for based upon giving level and availability.


Why is it necessary to become a donor in order to receive season tickets?

Demand for benefits such as tickets and parking passes created the need for a fair system to be established through which these benefits could be distributed fairly. The Tennessee Fund was created, in part, to help address the needs of our growing donor base. The donor priority point system allows us to track support and award benefits as a way to say thank you for the support. Donor generosity has allowed Tennessee Athletics to be 100% self-funded without financial support from tax or tuition-derived dollars.

My friend tells me that his season football tickets are grandfathered. What does this mean? 

The Tennessee Fund was founded in 1986. Anyone who was already purchasing season tickets at that time was not required to make an annual Tennessee Fund gift to retain these tickets. Beginning with the 2006 season, grandfathered season ticket holders on the sidelines were given the opportunity to begin making a donation at a reduced rate or move their seating location to the end zones and have those remain grandfathered. Grandfathered tickets still remain in the upper and lower level end zones at Neyland Stadium.

Once I have priority football or  basketball season tickets, how do  I keep them? 

Once you purchase season tickets through the Tennessee Fund, you will have the option to renew the same seats each year. The gift amount associated with your seats when you first purchased them will become the minimum annual donation required to retain the same location. As long as you continue to maintain the same annual gift, you will maintain the priority to purchase your tickets. For donors to continue renewing at their initial donation level, they must renew their seats each year. Any year of non-renewal requires donors to contribute at the current donation level.

How are season tickets assigned and how can I improve my current season tickets?

Once season ticket priority is established, donors must maintain or increase their giving level on an annual basis to retain their season ticket location. If ticket holders wish to improve a seat location, they must be active Tennessee Fund donors and will be notified of opportunities to do so via their email accounts. It is important that our donors keep their email addresses updated with our office, as we primarily use electronic communication for this process. Donors may review seat opportunities through our online virtual seat maps of Neyland Stadium and Thompson-Boling Arena.


I am a $1,000 donor with a Tennessee Fund rank of 2,800 and season tickets in section X2. My friend is a $2,500 donor with a Tennessee Fund rank of 5,000. She is purchasing season tickets for the first time. If I wanted to move my tickets to sections R or W, would this be possible?

At any point in the offseason a donor can review opportunities to upgrade a new section. Our season football inventory is listed year-round at on the virtual seat map linked under the "Season Tickets" tab. In any upgrade/relocation situation, the donor is eligible for the section in the stadium or arena corresponding to the current annual contribution levels displayed on pages 18 & 19 of the Guidebook. 


Is my contribution to the Tennessee Fund tax-deductible?

Please consult a personal tax advisor concerning the deductibility of any contribution to the Tennessee Fund.


I still have questions.

The Tennessee Fund staff may be contacted Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm by phone at (865) 974-1218, by email at, or by chat at



The University of Tennessee Athletic Department (UTAD) and individuals affiliated with the department, including donors, are governed by the rules and regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Ensuring compliance with NCAA and SEC rules is a top priority for the UTAD. Compliance should be everyone’s responsibility, especially for our donors. Rule violations involving donors may adversely impact the eligibility of current student athletes as well as prospective student-athletes (recruits). Additionally, violations involving donors may prevent any future association with the UTAD. Your participation and acceptance of benefits and privileges available from the UTAD is your acknowledgement and agreement to abide by the rules and regulations of the NCAA, SEC and the UTAD. The UTAD Compliance Office serves as a resource for everyone affiliated with the UTAD.

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