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UT welcomes fans and visitors to campus Saturday for the football game against the University of Florida Gators.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. ESPN will televise the game.

UT encourages fans to purchase tickets only from the UT ticket office or from approved vendor Vivid Seats to avoid the risk of counterfeit tickets. All counterfeit tickets will be confiscated at the stadium gates and the patron denied admission.

To mark the anniversary of Tennessee’s 1998 NCAA championship season, that year’s team captains will be recognized before the game, and the entire team will be celebrated after the first quarter.

The UT Institute of Agriculture will hold its annual Ag Day eventon Saturday beginning at 3 p.m. at the Brehm Animal Science Building on the agriculture campus. The institute is celebrating its 50th anniversary with live music, informational displays, farm animals, and a visit from Smokey.

The annual Tim Kerin Memorial Fund Drive will be held outside Neyland Stadium on Saturday 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 Vol Walk will begin at 4:45 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 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 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 3:30 to 7 p.m. Located in the Humanities Plaza, Volunteer Village features pregame appearances from Smokey, Junior Smokey, cheerleaders, and UT’s dance team.

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 prohibited at UT, including within private vehicles parked or operated on university property. The prohibition extends to any lighted tobacco, electronic cigarettes, and 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.

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Charles Primm (865-974-5180,