KNOXVILLE — Football fans will see changes in security measures, traffic and parking and pre-game traditions beginning with Saturday’s Tennessee-LSU game, UT officials announced Tuesday.
Large bags and parcels, including backpacks and large purses, will not be permitted in Neyland Stadium, Philip Scheurer, University of Tennessee vice president for operations, said. All purses and other items are subject to inspection, he said. Stadium seats and cushions will be permitted.
“We are asking fans to keep to a minimum anything they bring to the stadium,” Scheurer said. “Unacceptable items will need to be returned to the fan’s car. They will not be stored at the gates.
“Fans are encouraged to be in their seats earlier because of the new measures that will be in effect at the gates.”
To help with movement through the gates, solicitation near the stadium gates also will be prohibited before and during the game.
The Federal Aviation Administration has restricted the airspace over Neyland Stadium, and Scheurer said UT has “officially requested that the ban be continued.”
Streets adjacent to the stadium will be closed to vehicles at 7:30 p.m. –15 minutes before kickoff. Streets affected will be Peyton Manning Pass, Estabrook Drive, Middle and Lower drives on the Hill, and Phillip Fulmer Way from Middle Drive to Tee Martin Drive.
To improve security near the stadium, fans who park in the G-10 garage, Area 9 and in lots 1, 2, 4, 5A and 5B near the stadium will be directed to their spaces rather than choosing where they wish to park, Scheurer said.
Stadium gates will open and the Pride of the Southland Band’s march to the stadium are set for 5:45 p.m. The Vol Walk will be at 5:30 p.m.
Scheurer said UT has made other changes to the stadium security plan.
“We have had a good plan in effect for a number of years. In light of the attacks in New York and Washington, we asked area law enforcement agencies to look at what we were doing and make recommendations on how strengthen the plan,” he said. “Many suggestions have been incorporated.”
“Fans can expect some delays due to the changes we have made. We do not think they will have a major impact on those attending the game, but we ask for patience and your cooperation with police, gate personnel and ushers,” Scheurer said.