CCI used its new 3,000 square foot patio for two major tailgates in November. The patio provides a great location for a tailgate as it overlooks Neyland Stadium to the Northeast and the Tennessee River to the south. It offers the perfect backdrop for Vol fans to take photos and party prior to a game.
The first Tailgate, which was sponsored by The Tennessee Association of Broadcasters, was held on November 12 prior to the UT/Kentucky game. The second tailgate, on November 19 prior to the UT/Missouri game, was put on by Moxley Carmichael in partnership with CCI to promote the patio as a venue for future tailgates and events.
A large crowd of CCI alumni and friends enjoyed the wonderful food, fellowship and fresh air on the patio during the first tailgate, which was held in conjunction with CCI’s fall Board of Visitors Meeting and CCI’s Campaign Kickoff and Awards Gala. CCI Development Director Patrick Powell offered up great UT raffle prizes to alumni and friends attending the event. Many new connections were made and old friendships revived as faculty, students and alums mingled prior to the game.
The following weekend, Knoxville public relations firm Moxley Carmichael used the CCI patio for a client appreciation tailgate and partnered with CCI to promote the patio as a venue for future tailgates and events. Tailgate attendees celebrated on the patio and in the CCI Lobby with great food and drink, and fun props for taking photos. Guests were also able to watch other games in progress on three television screens in the CCI Lobby. See the Knox News article at: http://www.knoxnews.com/story/entertainment/columnists/megan-venable/2016/12/10/people-and-parties-tailgate-opens-new-private-event-venue/95113122/.
Cynthia Moxley wrote a blog about the event which can be found at her Blue Streak site, http://bluestreak.moxleycarmichael.com/2016/11/23/picture-perfect-patio-for-a-party/.
Anyone interested in finding out more details about reserving the patio for a future event should checkout http://www.eventcheckknox.com/the-patio-beckons-for-event-planners/ and contact the CCI Development office at 865.974.3211.