KNOXVILLE — Fans attending the Tennessee-Rutgers game Saturday can expect the same stadium security measures and traffic patterns that were in effect for the first two home games.
“We have had excellent cooperation from fans and the law enforcement agencies, and we see no need for changes this week,” Philip Scheurer, vice president for operations at the University of Tennessee, said Wednesday.
“Even with the rain and the large crowd at last week’s Florida game, everything went smoothly.”
Scheurer asked fans to listen for a public address announcement on the inclement weather policy that will be read prior to kickoff.
“Before every game, we will be telling fans what they should do if we have a severe storm with lightning and high wind during the game,” he said.
Two weeks ago three SEC games were halted due to lightning, he said.
Kickoff for the Rutgers game is 7 p.m. The team’s Vol Walk to the stadium is set for 4:45 p.m. The Pride of the Southland Band will leave the Music Building and march to the stadium at 5:20.
Backpacks and other large parcels are not permitted inside Neyland Stadium, and no items can be stored or left at stadium gates. Stadium seats without arms, cushions, binoculars, small cameras, pagers, cell phones, radio headsets and diaper bags that accompany an infant are permitted.
All items, including purses, are subject to being searched, Scheurer said.
Phillip Fulmer Way from Middle Drive to Tee Martin Drive, Peyton Manning Pass, Middle and Lower drives and Estabrook Drive will be closed 30 minutes before kickoff. These streets will not reopen until after the game is over.
Directional parking will be used in Area 9 and lots 1, 2, 4, 5A and 5B, Scheurer said.
Solicitation along Phillip Fulmer Way is prohibited.