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UT welcomes football fans and alumni to campus Saturday for Homecoming.

Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. EDT for the Volunteers’ game against the Charlotte 49ers. Gates open at 2 p.m. The SEC Network-Alternate will televise the game.

The portion of the Neyland Greenway that passes under Neyland Drive at Second Creek has been closed for repairs. Fans who park their boats along the Tennessee River before the game can cross Neyland Drive at street level by using the signalized crosswalk east of the greenway.

Homecoming and Game Day Activities

This year’s Homecoming theme is “Sweet as Soda Pop!” and a wide variety of events will be taking place on campus this week. For more information, visit

The Vol Walk will begin at 1:45 p.m. Saturday in front of the Torchbearer on Volunteer Boulevard as the members of the football team proceed down Peyton Manning Pass to the stadium.

The Pride of the Southland Band, joined by alumni band members, 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.

At the conclusion of the national anthem, four US Air Force T-38 jets from Columbus Air Force Base in Columbus, Mississippi, will perform a flyover of the stadium. Two of the pilots are UT alumni.

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 and Junior Smokey, as well as the cheerleaders and the dance team.

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 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.

Read more about stadium security, parking, and traffic.


Charles Primm (865-974-5180,