Despite gas shortages and weather damage, Vol fans journey to Gainesville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Volunteer football fan and former University of Tennessee football player Rick Chinn said he will be heading to the game this weekend in Gainesville, Florida, despite the damage left behind in parts of the state from Hurricane Irma.

"I'm really kind of scared about it, we were thinking about not going, but this is a Florida game," Chinn explained. "I was concerned of it being cancelled, but I suppose it's a really big game, the folks in Florida really want to play the Vols and get their minds off of the danger they were in and do something that's fun."

Just days after Hurricane Irma took the field in Gainesville, Chinn said he's expecting to run into problems. A gas shortage could be something he'll have to tackle.

"I'm definitely going to fill up beforehand and take a few gallons of gas in the back of the car," said Chinn.

Hotels are just about booked up, but tickets to the game shouldn't be hard to find. Fans can find them starting at $39 on

"I don't have tickets yet," said Chinn. "We're going to go down there and see if there's anything else we can do to help out. We're the Volunteer State, and anything we can do down there to help out folks in Florida is something we really need to do."