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KNOXVILLE, Tenn.– The game-day routine for Saturday’s Tennessee-East Carolina football game includes changes in parking for handicapped persons, loss of 400 parking spaces and reduced access to lot G10, traffic officials said Tuesday.

Steve Richards, football traffic committee chairman, said construction to build a parking garage will affect motorists using parking garage G10.

Motorists leaving G10 after the game can no longer drive across lot C17 to exit, Richards said. All vehicles leaving G10 must exit onto Stadium Drive or onto westbound Neyland Drive after the game.

Also, fans attempting to use student tickets to enter the game will be stopped by a new electronic identification system at Neyland Stadium. Students must present a ticket and a validated ID card that will be passed through an electronic reader. Those not accepted by the student-card reader will be turned away.

Richards said parking and shuttle service to and from the game is available at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum and the UT agricultural campus.

Transit shuttles from the agriculture campus and the coliseum will begin at 4:30 p.m. Agriculture campus parking is $4, coliseum parking $3, and shuttle rides $2 round-trip.

Drop and pickup points for campus shuttles will be the same as last year. The ag campus shuttle will stop on westbound Volunteer Boulevard between Andy Holt Drive and Circle Park Drive. Coliseum buses will be on Stadium Drive at the University Center.

Parking on the UT main campus is by permit only, and no parking is permitted on areas marked by a yellow curb, Richards said. Parking and shuttle rides for persons with physical handicaps are available at the UT agriculture campus, he said.

To minimize pre-game traffic delays, motorists should arrive early and have permits or correct change available for parking lot attendants, Richards said.

Kickoff is at 7:05 p.m.

Other considerations for the season opener include:

* Ramps to and from westbound Cumberland Avenue to northbound Alcoa Highway will be closed after the game.

* Illegally parked cars will towed to city lots on Jackson Avenue.

Contact: Dr. Steve Richards (615-974-5255)