Just as students are returning for another year on Rocky Top, another addition has been made to an already developing University of Tennessee campus as Peyton Manning Pass received a face-lift this past week.
A Power T in the middle and orange-and-white checkerboards at each end of the street have now been added as part of the 2007 UT Senior Gift Fund. Over $400,000 have been raised in total from the Senior Gift Fund, which began in 1991.
Each senior class raises money during their academic year so they can in turn make a donation and an impact on the campus long-after graduation.
The Vols football team takes Peyton Manning Pass on their way to the stadium during their pregame tradition called "The Vol Walk" as thousands of fans line the streets and greet the players as they make their descent to the stadium.
"I couldn't imagine a better idea," said Chris Metcalf, junior in Business Aministration. "With the football team on the rise, this further cements UT as one of the premier venues to spend a Saturday in the fall."
The now completed project had hit a delay as the ongoing construction of the new Student Union has caused a few plans to take a little longer. The project totaled $20,000 and was done by National Pavement, a contractor in the Knoxville-area.
Will Warren, a sophomore studying journalism, said, "I think it'll help the atmosphere. It should be fun to watch the first Vol Walk down Peyton Manning Pass. Instagram may be flooded that day. Things like this are excellent additions because they help to bring electricity and excitement back to the program."
UT had the road completely finished and open for pedestrians and traffic on Tuesday Aug. 21 as classes begin on Wednesday Aug. 22.
A dedication of the new additions is being scheduled for the fall.