(WBIR) A little bit of rain Sunday night didn't stop the newest members of Big Orange Country from getting their first crack at some university traditions.
The Torch Night ceremony headed indoors to Thompson-Boling arena. The tradition, which started in 1925, welcomes new students by having upperclassmen symbolically pass down the school's "Torch of Preparation."
Students also learned the Alma matter and other university traditions. The celebration also included some big name Vols for Life, including Inky Johnson.
For the class of 2018, the celebration served as a glimpse of what's to come.
"This tradition just sealed the deal for me. You would never believe all this rich tradition is coming together and you really feel like you belong. It is an incredible feeling, you have no idea," Andrew Taja, a UT freshmen said.
The Big Orange fun continued after the torch ceremony with Coach Butch Jones stopping by.
He helped rally the students and even taught some football traditions. Coach Jones also urged them to come out on game day to help give Neyland Stadium a big home field advantage.
Starting this season, that advantage will feature a special meaning for students.
Their section will now have an official name picked by students.
The five nominees are General's Quarters, Smokey's Howl, Vol Army, Rocky Top Rowdies and Big Orange Crew.
The voting runs through August 24 and the winning name will be unveiled at the first home game.