UT welcomes football fans and alumni to campus this Saturday for Homecoming.
Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m. EDT for the Volunteers’ game against the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Mocs. Gates open at 2:00 p.m. The SEC Network will televise the game. Tickets are still available for 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 UT Sports.
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.
“Tennessee Traditions” is this year’s Homecoming theme.
Presented by the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development, Homecoming activities will begin on Friday, October 10, with the annual parade at 6:30 p.m. Del Bryant, whose parents Felice and Boudleaux Bryant wrote and published “Rocky Top,” will serve as the parade’s grand marshal.
Homecoming’s signature event, Party in the Park, will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday in Circle Park. Attendees can enjoy live entertainment, cheers by the pep band and cheerleaders, the world’s largest Moon Pie, and children’s activities. The cost is $12 for adults, $8 for children age 10 and under.
Colleges and student organizations also will host reunion activities throughout the weekend.
Game Day Activities
The traditional Vol Walk will start at 1:45 p.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.
The Pride of the Southland Band will begin marching at 2:20 p.m. from the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center on Volunteer Boulevard and will follow the same path as the Vol Walk. The band will be joined by more than 400 alumni band members.
The Toyota Volunteer Village commercial display area will be open on the lawn of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building at 12:30 p.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 2:00 p.m., Dottie Habel, professor of art history, will discuss “Financing Urban Redevelopment in Seventeenth-Century Rome.” 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)