Every year I book rooms for the UT games, and I have always gravitated toward the Cedar Bluff area. This year, I found the Best Western on Tripadvisor and took a chance on it. The location is actually closer to the stadium, and we had no trouble getting cab rides to/fro. In addition, there is a shuttle that leaves for the games. We arrived later and missed it, but it is a "good to know".
Upon arrival, the staff was welcoming and friendly. We were VERY pleasantly surprised by the rooms! They have just been remodeled and are very clean and modern. It is also a completely non-smoking establishment, which works well for us. The only negative in our room was the air conditioning unit, as it was terribly loud. Otherwise, it was terrific.
I have booked this hotel for another game this season, and I will gladly recommend it to others that are traveling to Knoxville for games or other events!