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KNOXVILLE — The UT-Florida game Saturday night promises to be a highlight of the football season and fans are being reminded to be good sports at Neyland Stadium.

“Rivalries add to the excitement of the season and the enthusiasm of the fans,” UT Senior Associate Vice Chancellor Jeff Maples said. “We just want to make sure that the excitement and enthusiasm remain positive Saturday night.”

The game will be televised on CBS, with kickoff set for 8 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m., and visitors are encouraged to enter the stadium early.

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

-Cushions and seats without arms;
-Diaper bags that accompany infants;
-Small cameras, pagers, cell phones and binoculars.

No items or parcels can be stored at any stadium gate.

All items, including purses, are subject to search.

The list of items that spectators cannot bring to the game includes the following:

-Alcoholic beverages, cans, bottles or coolers;
-Radios without headphones;
-Video cameras;
-Open umbrellas;
-Stadium seats with arms;
-Large bags or parcels, including backpacks and large purses;
-Weapons of any kind.

Maples said standard security measures will be in place in and around Neyland Stadium.

Smoking is no longer allowed in the stadium except in ramp areas and the Gate 21 plaza.

Peyton Manning Pass, Middle and Lower drives, Estabrook Drive and Phillip Fulmer Way from Middle Drive to Tee Martin Drive will be closed 30 minutes before kickoff. Directional parking will be used in Area 9 and Lots 4, 5A and 5B.

Starting three hours prior to kickoff Saturday, traffic on Andy Holt Avenue will flow both eastbound and westbound. During and immediately after the game, Andy Holt Avenue will revert back to its permanent designation of one-way westbound.

Due to construction, sidewalks on the north side of Andy Holt Avenue and the east side of Volunteer Boulevard at Glocker have been closed, along with the sidewalk on the east side of Lake Loudoun Boulevard at the corner of Neyland Drive.

Solicitation near stadium gates and along Phillip Fulmer Way will be prohibited.

The traditional Vol Walk from Gibbs Hall to the stadium starts at 5:45 p.m., and the Pride of the Southland marching band leaves the music building at 6:20 p.m.

The Volunteer Village commercial exhibition area will be open on the Humanities building lawn from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The annual Tim Kerin-Second Harvest Food Drive will take place on campus during the afternoon.

The College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Pre-Game Showcase features physics professor Ward Plummer who will discuss the impact of the nanotechnology revolution in East Tennessee. The presentation begins at 6:00 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

With a seating capacity of 102,039, Neyland Stadium is the largest football stadium in the South and the third-largest in the country.

For more information on campus parking, visit http://www.tennessee.edu/news/traffic.pdf.

For more information on traveling to Knoxville, visit the UT Mens Athletics Web site at http://utsports.cstv.com/travel/tenn-travel.html or the Tennessee Department of Transportation Web site at http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/smartfix/jwp/closures.asp.


Contact: Jeff Maples (865-974-3061)