Hurricane Florence evacuees enjoy free UT game

UNIV. OF TENN. (WATE) - Saturday the University of Tennessee provided those fleeing from Hurricane Florence with free tickets to the UT vs UTEP game. 

A crowd of 87,074 was on hand for the contest, including 1,067 evacuees of Hurricane Florence from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. They received complimentary tickets to the game from UT Athletics. 

"It has been a blessing to just get our mind off of what's going on down there and be Vol fans," said David May. 

David and Susan May are Tennesseans who moved to Myrtle Beach 17 years ago but Hurricane Florence has brought them back to Rocky Top.

"We're about a mile from the ocean and about a quarter mile from the inter coastal water way," said David. "We have a pond behind our house, so, I'm pretty sure we're under water, so, that's how we're taking it. We're ready for that."

The Mays weren't the only ones hoping the Vols would take their minds off of the storm. D.B. and Sandy Cooper are from Wilmington, North Carolina. This is their first trip to Knoxville. 

"We're really quite enjoying our stay," said D.B.  "Everybody's just been fantastic. So, far the city has blown our minds. It's great." She's from North Carolina but maybe thinking of coming to Tennessee now.

The Vols won against UTEP 24-0. 

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