The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is attempting to set a new Guinness world record for the largest human letter ever assembled. Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, holds the current record.
On September 6, 2016, 3,373 participants gathered on Queen’s University’s soccer field to form this giant Q. This time, the University of Tennessee is attempting to gather 4,000 faculty members, staff, students and alumni in Neyland Stadium to break the Guinness world record by forming a massive Power T.
During the event, NBC’s Today show and weatherman, Al Rocker, will be broadcasting live as part of Rockerthon 3. The University of Tennessee is one of five universities Rocker will visit this week to witness world record attempts.
Although this would be their first Guinness world record, the University of Tennessee is no stranger to setting records. The picture below was taken this past September when the university competed in (and won) the largest American football game to date. The game, nicknamed “The Battle at Bristol,” took place inside of Bristol Motor Speedway against Virginia Tech and was attended by 130,045 people.
Getting four thousand people to participate in a world record attempt seems very feasible, except there’s a catch. UT is requiring all participants to arrive at Neyland Stadium by 5:30 AM and asks that everyone stay until 8:45 AM when the Today show segment concludes. Asking college students to be somewhere by 5:30 AM so that they can stand on their feet for over three hours is unlikely to work out. Other teams coming up short in Neyland Stadium is very common, but Butch Jones will not be on the sideline this time. Hopefully, UT won’t be the ones to come up short this time.
Tomorrow, be sure to tune into NBC’s Today show from 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM ET for coverage of the event as the University of Tennessee attempts to etch its name into the record books. Go Vols!