Welcome to the VOL Navy!
The VOL Navy is a loose knit community of boaters and people that love the water who congregate at the docks outside Neyland Stadium on home football weekends in Knoxville, TN. There is no formality to the way it happens, yet all who attend have a great time and treat each other as a family. It is really quite special.
Fifteen years ago (2002) the Vol Navy Boaters’ Association (VNBA) was formed to help promote kinship and communication among members of the Vol Navy all year long, both in Knoxville and across the world. In 2006, we launched our official website and membership has grown steadily every year. Membership is free.
Mooring at the Vol Navy Docks outside Neyland Stadium is on a first come, first serve basis. No reservations are required. The only protocol requires larger boats to moor up to the docks first. Smaller boats tie off in a row from them. Consecutive rows of boats can reach up to 13 vessels or more out into the river. The only limitation to the length of each row is related to the width of the river channel. No boats are allowed to tie up beyond the channel “sail line”. The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA) provides great assistance in helping to ensure all boats are moored safely.
The Vol Navy docks accommodate vessels of all kinds, from yachts as long as 110 feet to stand up paddle boards as short as 5 feet. Boaters should be mindful of that if they need to be dockside, they should plan accordingly. Larger boats must arrive as early as possible. Some begin arriving as early as Tuesday the week of the game.
When you arrive, simply identify a suitable boat to tie up to (one that matches the length of your boat) and approach slowly. If the boat you select is attended, the crew will certainly see you and come out to help. If the boat is unattended, simply tie up to them. No one will mind, and you will make great friends.