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In just over a week, UT will welcome fans and visitors to campus for the first home football game of the season.

The Vols will face the East Tennessee State University Buccaneers at 4 p.m. ET Saturday, September 8, in Neyland Stadium.

Traffic and Parking

Construction on the new engineering complex east of Neyland Stadium has restricted or altered many of the former pedestrian paths in that area. Signs are posted near the Tickle Engineering Building and the Neyland Drive Biology Annex with new directions to the stadium.

This year, the traditional Vol Walk will begin two hours and 15 minutes before kickoff in front of the Torchbearer statue on Volunteer Boulevard.

Like last year, Peyton Manning Pass will be closed to vehicles three hours before kickoff. Once the road closes, fans with parking permits in Lots 9 and 9B must enter the north end of the lots from Phillip Fulmer Way. Permit holders in Lot 30A near the stadium still will be able to access their lot from Volunteer Boulevard at the west end of Peyton Manning Pass. Fans with parking permits in Lot C20 must access the lot prior to the closure of Peyton Manning Pass or they will be directed to another lot.

Phillip Fulmer Way between Middle Drive and Tee Martin Drive also will close to through traffic three hours before kickoff. Thirty minutes before kickoff, the remainder of Phillip Fulmer Way, Middle and Lower Drives, and Estabrook Drive will close to vehicles.

A limited amount of public parking will be available at the Visitors Center on Neyland Drive, the site of the former Sports Bubble on Andy Holt Avenue, and along Caledonia Avenue. However, fans are encouraged to use Knoxville Area Transit shuttle buses from the Old City, the Knoxville Civic Coliseum, Krutch Park near Market Square in downtown Knoxville, and Farragut High School west of Knoxville. Fans are encouraged to allow plenty of time to arrive on campus.

Stadium Security

The UT Police Department reminds fans that alcoholic beverages, cans, bottles, and coolers are prohibited in Neyland Stadium. Anyone attempting to enter the stadium with alcohol will be denied entry, and anyone trying to enter the stadium while under the influence of alcohol will be subject to ejection or arrest.

Smoking is now prohibited at UT, including within private vehicles parked or operated on university property. The prohibition extends to any lighted tobacco, electronic cigarettes, or other vape devices.

As required by the SEC, fans are allowed to bring to the stadium one clear plastic bag no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches or a one-gallon clear resealable plastic storage bag. They also will be allowed a small clutch purse not to exceed 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches.

Fans interested in purchasing an approved clear bag should visit the Official Team Store at Neyland Stadium; VolShop locations in the Student Union, at the corner of Cumberland Avenue and 17th Street, and in University Commons; and other area retailers.

No other bags will be allowed inside the stadium. All items are subject to search at the gates.

Other prohibited items:

  • Artificial noisemakers
  • Open umbrellas
  • Outside food, snacks, and beverages
  • Radios without headphones
  • Video cameras, professional cameras, and cameras with detachable lenses
  • Stadium seats with arms or side pockets
  • Selfie sticks
  • Weapons of any kind, including pocket knives

No items can be stored or left at the gates. Fans can bring the following items inside the stadium, subject to search at the gates:

  • Cushions or seats without arms or side pockets
  • Small cameras, binoculars, and mobile phones
  • Small bags with medically necessary items (Note: Diapers and non-medically necessary items for babies and young children must be carried in a clear bag.)

For more information, read the clear bag and prohibited items policy.

Suspicious activity can be reported to UT Police at 865-974-3114.

Commercial solicitation in front of Neyland Stadium from Middle Drive to Gate 10 is prohibited from four hours before kickoff until the game ends.

Fans are encouraged to follow @UTGameday on Twitter or visit for the latest updates on weather, traffic, gate information, and game day events.


Charles Primm (865-974-5180,