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The Volunteer waves the UT flag at a football game. Photo by Nick Myers.
The Volunteer waves the UT flag at a football game. Photo by Nick Myers.

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

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. EDT. 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.

ESPN’s The Paul Finebaum Show will broadcast live from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Ayres Hall. The SEC Network’s SEC Nation program will broadcast live from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Ayres Hall.

Game Day Events

To mark the anniversary of Tennessee’s 1969 SEC championship season, members of that year’s team will be recognized after the first quarter.

The UT Institute of Agriculture will hold its annual Ag Day event on Saturday beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the Brehm Animal Science Building on the agriculture campus. The institute is celebrating 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 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 6:30 p.m. Located in the Humanities Plaza, Volunteer Village features pregame appearances from Smokey, Junior Smokey, cheerleaders, and UT’s dance team.

Traffic and Parking

Prior to kickoff, ride-sharing drop-offs are permitted only in front of the College of Nursing Building, 1200 Volunteer Boulevard.

During and after the game, the only approved location for users of ride-sharing services is Ayres Hall, 1403 Circle Drive. Equipment from the SEC Nation show will be removed from the area prior to kickoff, so ride-sharing will not be impacted.

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.

Fans are encouraged to arrive on campus early 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.

As required by the SEC, fans are allowed to bring to the stadium only 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.

The university reminds visitors that anyone attempting to enter the stadium with alcohol will be denied entry. For more information, read the university’s policy for alcohol at athletic events.

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.


Charles Primm (865-974-5180,