UT welcomes fans to campus this Saturday for the football game against the University of Florida.
Kickoff is set for noon EDT for the Volunteers’ game against the Gators. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. The SEC Network will televise the game.
Due to campus construction, fans are encouraged to arrive early.
No backpacks of any kind or size are allowed inside Neyland Stadium. All items, including purses, are subject to search at the gates. Purses or other bags larger than twelve inches by twelve inches by twelve inches cannot be brought into the stadium.
The UT Police Department encourages all fans to come to the stadium carrying as little as possible with them to expedite their entry into the stadium and to their seat. These items also are prohibited:
- alcoholic beverages, cans, bottles, or coolers
- weapons of any kind, including pocket knives
- stadium seats with arms
- video cameras
- radios without headphones
- open umbrellas
No items can be left or stored at stadium gates. Fans can bring the following items inside the stadium, provided they meet the size requirement:
- cushions and seats without arms
- small diaper bags that accompany infants
- small cameras, pagers, cell phones, and binoculars
View the full list of permitted and prohibited items at UTSports.com.
UT also reminds fans to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement. All fans are asked to call 865-974-3111 or 911 or to use the university’s “Tip411” system to report suspicious activity inside and around the stadium. Fans can do so by texting the letters “UTPD” followed by the location and details pertaining to an incident to Tip411 (847411).
In accordance with state law, no smoking is allowed anywhere inside the stadium. If fans leave the stadium to smoke, they will not be readmitted.
Commercial solicitation in front of Neyland Stadium from Middle Way Drive to Gate 10 is prohibited starting four hours before kickoff and until the game ends.
A no-fly zone extends over the stadium from one hour before the game until one hour after it ends, prohibiting flights within a three-nautical-mile radius and lower than 3,000 feet except as authorized by air traffic control. This restriction includes unmanned aerial vehicles such as drone aircraft.
Game Day Activities
This Saturday, fans have the opportunity to “Checker Neyland” by wearing white or orange. Each fan’s seat location will determine whether they should wear white or orange to help create the checkerboard pattern. For more information, visit UTSports.com.
The traditional Vol Walk will start at 9:45 a.m. in front of the Torchbearer statue at Circle Park, as the members of the football team proceed from Volunteer Boulevard to Peyton Manning Pass to the stadium.
Through Tennessee football’s Vol for Life program, UT will welcome more than 400 former football players, dating back to the 1951 National Championship team, to campus. The players will participate in the Vol Walk and follow current players into the stadium.
The Pride of the Southland Band will begin marching at 10:20 a.m. from the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center on Volunteer Boulevard and will follow the same path as the Vol Walk.
The annual Tim Kerin Memorial Fund Drive will be held outside Neyland Stadium to benefit Knoxville’s Second Harvest Food Bank. Financial donations can be made at various locations around the stadium prior to the game. Kerin, the longtime head trainer at Tennessee, died in 1992. The fund drive to fight hunger in East Tennessee has been held in his honor ever since.
The Toyota Volunteer Village commercial display area will be open on the lawn of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building at 8:30 a.m. The village offers food and pregame festivities for fans of all ages.
Fans also can attend the College of Arts and Sciences Pregame Showcase, which is celebrating its twenty-fifth season this year. Held two hours before each home game kickoff in the University Center Ballroom, the showcase is a free thirty-minute presentation by a UT faculty member. This Saturday at 10:00 a.m., Misty Anderson, professor of English and theatre, will discuss “Methodism and Eighteenth-Century Theatre.” For more on this week’s showcase, visit Tennessee Today.
Parking and Traffic
Only fans with permits can park on campus. UT encourages others to use shuttle buses from the Old City, the Knoxville Civic Coliseum, Krutch Park near Market Square in downtown Knoxville, and Farragut High School.
Phillip Fulmer Way will close to through traffic from Middle Drive to Tee Martin Drive three hours before kickoff.
Fans with parking permits for Staff Lots 4 and 5 must enter Phillip Fulmer Way via Lake Loudoun Boulevard. Those with permits for Staff Lots 9 and 30A must enter Phillip Fulmer Way either from Cumberland Avenue or Peyton Manning Pass.
Thirty minutes before kickoff, the remainder of Phillip Fulmer Way as well as Peyton Manning Pass, Middle and Lower Drives, and Estabrook Drive will close to vehicles. For an interactive campus map, visit utk.edu/maps.
The latest information on campus construction can be found at UT’s Cone Zone.
C O N T A C T :
Charles Primm (865-974-5180, firstname.lastname@example.org)