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Davy Crockett waving the orange Power T flag at home football game

UT welcomes fans and visitors to campus Saturday, August 31, for the first home game of the season. The Vols will take on the Georgia State University Panthers.

Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. EST. Gates open at 1:30 p.m. ESPNU will televise the game.

The Vol Walk will begin at 1:15 p.m. in front of the Torchbearer statue on Volunteer Boulevard as members of the football team proceed down Peyton Manning Pass to the stadium.

The Pride of the Southland Band will begin marching at 1:50 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 noon to 3 p.m. Located in the Humanities Plaza, Volunteer Village features pregame appearances from Smokey, Junior Smokey, cheerleaders, and UT’s dance team.

Alcohol will not be available at Saturday’s game. The university will begin selling beer at the September 7 game versus Brigham Young University. Anyone attempting to enter the stadium with alcohol will be denied entry.

Fans can bring an empty clear plastic water bottle into the stadium. Complimentary water will be available from large tanks in the concourse areas.

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.

Prior to kickoff, ride-sharing drop-offs are permitted in front of the College of Nursing building, 1200 Volunteer Boulevard. This is the only authorized pregame ride-sharing drop-off location on campus.

During and after the game, the only approved location for users of ride-sharing services is Ayres Hall, 1403 Circle Drive.

All rentable electric scooters approved by the city of Knoxville (VeoRide and Spin) will be disabled and removed before each home game. All scooters, whether rented or privately owned, are prohibited on campus streets and sidewalks on game days.

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 southeast of Neyland Stadium will mean restricted or altered pedestrian paths in that area. Look for signage.

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Charles Primm (865-974-5180,​