UT welcomes fans to campus Saturday for the football game against University of Arkansas.
Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. EDT for the Volunteers’ game against the Razorbacks. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. ESPN-2 will televise the game.
The UT Police Department reminds fans that alcoholic beverages, cans, bottles, and coolers are prohibited in Neyland Stadium. Anyone attempting to enter the stadium under the influence of alcohol will be subject to ejection or arrest.
Fans are encouraged to follow @UTGameday on Twitter or visit utsports.com/gameday/football for the latest updates on traffic, weather, gate information, and game day events.
Parking and Traffic
Due to construction and road closures in the campus area, fans are encouraged to arrive early and to plan ahead to determine the best routes of travel and parking.
Ongoing work on the Cumberland Avenue Corridor project may result in significant traffic slowdowns both before and after the game. UT and the city of Knoxville have recommended specific routes to campus. To view or download a map of the routes, visit tntoday.utk.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/2015-GameDayParkingMap.pdf. For more information on the Cumberland Avenue Corridor project, visit cumberlandconnect.com.
Only fans with permits can park on campus. UT encourages fans to use Knoxville Area Transit shuttle buses for a round trip to Neyland Stadium. For more information on shuttle routes, visit katbus.com/maps/route51.pdf.
Downtown Knoxville has several city garages and private lots. To plan where to park, visit knoxparking.com and parkdowntownknoxville.com.
Phillip Fulmer Way will close to through traffic from Middle Drive to Tee Martin Drive three hours before kickoff.
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.
The latest information on campus construction can be found at conezone.utk.edu.
Game Day Activities
The traditional Vol Walk will start at 4:45 p.m. on Volunteer Boulevard near Circle Park, as the members of the football team proceed down Volunteer Boulevard and then continue down Peyton Manning Pass to the stadium. Former Vol football players, including members of the 1965 squad, will walk with the team and will join them in running through the “T” at the start of the game.
The Pride of the Southland Band will begin marching at 5:20 p.m. from the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center on Volunteer Boulevard to the Haslam Business Building, then make a right turn onto the new pedestrian bridge connecting Volunteer Boulevard to the Hill. The band will then circle down the slope to Phillip Fulmer Way, perform a musical salute to the Hill, and enter the stadium from the north.
The Toyota Volunteer Village offers pregame festivities for fans of all ages beginning at 3:30 p.m. Located in the Humanities Plaza, Toyota Volunteer Village features pregame appearances from Smokey, Junior Smokey, cheerleaders, and UT’s dance team.
The UT Institute of Agriculture will hold its annual Ag Day event on Saturday, beginning at 3:00 p.m. in the Brehm Animal Science Arena on the agriculture campus. Activities include live music, informational displays, live animals, an insect petting zoo, and a visit from Smokey. For more information or to purchase tickets to Ag Day, visit tiny.utk.edu/agday.
Fans also can attend the College of Arts and Sciences Pregame Showcase. Held two hours before each home game kickoff in the auditorium of UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, the showcase is a free thirty-minute presentation by a UT faculty member. This week, at 5:00 p.m., Chris Holmlund, a professor of modern foreign languages and literatures, will discuss movies, romance, and the work of actor John Cusack. For more information, visit tntoday.utk.edu/2015/09/28/pregame-showcase-explores-performance-romance-films-october-3.
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 following items are also prohibited from the stadium:
- weapons of any kind, including pocket knives
- stadium seats with arms
- video cameras
- 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
For a full list of permitted and prohibited items, visit utsports.com/gameday/football.
Due to security checks at the gates, fans are encouraged to arrive at their designated gate at least thirty minutes prior to kickoff.
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 Drive to Gate 10 is prohibited starting four hours before kickoff and until the game ends.
Charles Primm (865-974-5180, firstname.lastname@example.org)