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Tennessee Baseball Parade: Knoxville Celebrates Vols’ Historic Championship Win

Knoxville was a sea of orange and white on Tuesday evening as fans, players, and city officials gathered to celebrate the University of Tennessee Baseball team’s first national championship. The event, declared “University of Tennessee Baseball Day” by Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs, marked a historic moment for the Vols, who captured their first-ever College World Series title.

Mayor Jacobs shared the proclamation on social media ahead of the championship parade, recognizing several individual and team achievements from the Vols’ remarkable season. Among the highlights were Dylan Dreiling becoming the first player in NCAA history to hit a home run in all three games of the finals, and Tennessee being the first team to have five players with at least 20 home runs in a season. The Vols also became the first team since 1989 to win 60 games, culminating in a dramatic 6-5 victory over Texas A&M in the decisive game three of the College World Series Finals on Monday.

The parade, originally slated to step off from the Gay Street Bridge, was rerouted to Hill Avenue after a Tennessee Department of Transportation inspection revealed a “compromised element” on the bridge, leading to its immediate closure. The revised parade route began at Hill Avenue, heading north on Gay Street toward Wall Avenue, and concluded at Market Square.

Thousands of fans lined the streets to catch a glimpse of their championship team. The parade commenced around 6:15 p.m., with the players and coaches riding in open-top vehicles, waving to the cheering crowd. The festivities continued in Market Square with a celebration that included speeches, a rally, and a spirited rendition of “Rocky Top.”

The decorations in Market Square were set up early Tuesday morning, with banners, stages, and orange carpets rolled out to honor the Vols’ achievement. The citywide celebration drew a massive crowd, eager to celebrate the Vols’ historic win and see their favorite players and coach Tony Vitello.

The celebration featured autograph sessions, live music, and vendors selling championship merchandise, including commemorative posters, extra print editions of newspapers, and various national championship apparel. Bars and restaurants around Market Square served up celebratory drinks, adding to the festive atmosphere.

The University of Tennessee Baseball team’s victory has brought immense pride to Knoxville and Vol Nation. This championship not only marks a significant milestone for the team but also sets a high bar for future seasons. The Vols’ first national title in baseball is a testament to their hard work, determination, and the unwavering support of their fans.

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