This classic Tennessee football feature of Neyland Stadium is returning in the 2022 season

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The VOLS are back, specifically the letters.

The iconic sign displaying the letters of the Tennessee nickname will return to Neyland Stadium in the 2022 season, beginning in the opener against Ball State on Sept. 1.

In November, UT released a video promising the VOLS sign would be “coming back soon.” And athletics director Danny White recently teased its return in a rendering he posted on Twitter.

A UT spokesman confirmed there will be two sets of VOLS letters placed atop the southwest and southeast sides of Neyland Stadium on each side of the south videoboard as part of the Neyland Stadium renovation.

The bracing for the southwest set of letters is being installed this week.

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According to rendering White shared, the new signs will feature white letters with an orange background. Past versions have been that combination and vice versa.

The VOLS sign is a classic identifier of Neyland Stadium.

It was often featured in opening shots of TV coverage to set the scene of UT home games. And the letters have served as the background of the biggest celebrations in Vols history.

After his hiring in January 2021, White quickly recognized the affection that UT fans have for the letters. On Oct. 9, before UT played South Carolina, he had an old sign of the VOLS letters placed outside Gate 21 of Neyland Stadium so fans could take photos.

White is leaning even heavier into that nostalgia by bringing the letters back to the stadium on a more permanent basis.

A $340 million renovation project is planned for Neyland Stadium. Phase I, expected to cost $180 million, is under way and set for completion before the 2022 season.

Phase I renovations include two new videoboards on the north and south ends of the stadium, a lower-west premium club, enhanced chairback seating in multiple lower-west sections, a party deck on the upper north end and the VOLS signs.

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This article originally appeared on Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee football: VOLS letters returning to Neyland Stadium in 2022