KNOXVILLE — With a forecast of cold weather for Saturday’s Tennessee-Kentucky game, officials anticipate seeing more stadium blankets at the gates.
Philip Scheurer, UT vice president for operations, said blankets are permitted in Neyland Stadium, but they are subject to search and inspection.
“Fans can bring blankets and heavier coats, but security personnel will need more time to check these additional items,” Scheurer said. “Those attending the game should take this into consideration as they prepare to enter the stadium.”
Kickoff for the Jefferson Pilot-televised game is 12:30 p.m. ET. The Vol Walk to the stadium is set for 10:15 a.m., and the band will march to the stadium at 10:45 a.m.
As in the past, backpacks, large parcels and umbrellas are not permitted inside the stadium, and they cannot 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. Small stadium blankets also are permitted.
All items, including purses, are subject to being searched, Scheurer said.
Traffic and parking procedures will be the same as in previous home games.
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.
Scheurer and UT Athletic Director Doug Dickey also urged fans to continue the good behavior they have demonstrated this season.
“Kentucky is one of our traditional border rivals,” Scheurer, “but as always, we want to stress how important it is that fans from both sides show good sportsmanship.”