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KNOXVILLE — Football fans coming to campus for Saturday’s game between the University of Tennessee Volunteers and the University of Memphis Tigers will notice the campus decked out for Homecoming. Banners are hung on Neyland Stadium and storefront windows along Cumberland Avenue are painted with colorful images of Smoky, the Vol mascot.

Kickoff for the game is 2 p.m. Stadium gates will open at noon.

“Homecoming is always an exciting time of year, and we’re glad to welcome fans, alumni and visitors to campus to share in the spirit,” said Senior Associate Vice Chancellor Jeff Maples.

Events have been happening all week, as student groups compete for All Campus Events trophies. The Homecoming parade is set for 4 p.m. today along Volunteer Blvd.

Normal security measures will be in place for the game Saturday, Maples said.

Items prohibited inside Neyland Stadium include:

– alcoholic beverages, cans, bottles or coolers;
– radios without headphones;
– open umbrellas;
– video cameras;
– stadium seats with arms;
– large bags or parcels;
– backpacks;
– weapons of any kind.

Fans are allowed to bring the following items inside the stadium:

– cushions and stadium seats without arms;
– binoculars, small cameras, pagers, and cell phones;
– diaper bags that accompany infants.

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.

VideoSeat pay-per-view will televise the game Saturday. The traditional Vol Walk from Gibbs Hall to the stadium starts at 11:45 a.m., and the Pride of the Southland marching band will leave the Music Building at 12:20 p.m.

For more information on traveling to Knoxville, visit the UT Men’s Athletics Web site at http://utsports.collegesports.com/travel/tenn-travel.html.

For a current schedule of ongoing construction in the Knoxville area, visit the Tennessee Department of Transportation Web site at http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/smartfix/jwp/closures.asp.

For a list of Homecoming events, visit the All Campus Events page at http://web.utk.edu/~ace/.

Jeff Maples (865-974-3061)