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Knoxville, TN - 2015.09.12 - Oklahoma Sooners vs Tennessee Volunteers

UT welcomes fans and visitors to campus Saturday for the football game against Mississippi State University.

Kickoff is set for noon EDT. Gates open at 10 a.m. The SEC Network will televise the game.

Fans should note that artificial noisemakers are not allowed in Neyland Stadium and will be confiscated at the gates and inside the stadium.

Game Day Events

The first 2,000 UT students through the gates will receive a free t-shirt. T-shirts will be distributed at Gate 4 and Gate 23 on a first-come, first-served basis.

To mark the anniversary of Tennessee’s 1989 SEC championship season, members of that year’s team will be recognized after the first quarter. The team went 11-1 (6-1 SEC), defeated Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl, and was fifth in the final Associated Press poll.

Smokey will see some old friends as handlers for UT’s beloved mascot will be recognized during the second timeout of the first quarter.

UT athletes who won SEC or NCAA championships in track or swimming and diving will be acknowledged during the second timeout of the second quarter.

The Vol Walk will begin at 9:45 a.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 10:20 a.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 8:30 to 11:30 a.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.

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,