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UT welcomes fans and visitors to campus Saturday, September 8, for the first home game of the season. The Vols will take on the East Tennessee State University Buccaneers.

Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. Gates open at 2 p.m. The SEC Network will televise the game.

The Vol Walk will begin at 1:45 p.m. in front of the Torchbearer statue on Volunteer Boulevard as the members of the football team proceed down 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 to the Haslam Business Building, then make a right turn onto the 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 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Located in the Humanities Plaza, Volunteer Village features pregame appearances from Smokey, Junior Smokey, cheerleaders, and UT’s dance team.

More than 500 area cheerleaders are participating in Spirit Day Saturday and will take the field to perform prior to 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 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 bag. They also will be allowed a small clutch purse not to exceed 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early to campus to minimize congestion. Construction on the new engineering complex east of Neyland Stadium will mean restricted or altered pedestrian paths in that area. Look for signage.

Read more about stadium security, parking, and traffic.


Charles Primm (865-974-5180,