The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, welcomes fans to campus Saturday, November 20, for the football game against the University of South Alabama. This is UT’s seventh home football game of the 2021 season.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. EST in Neyland Stadium. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. ESPNU will televise the game. Fans are encouraged to visit UTSports.com/gameday/football or follow @UTGameday on Twitter for the latest updates on game information.
Fans with digital tickets are strongly encouraged to download them to their mobile devices before arriving on campus. Those with parking permits, either printed or mobile, are asked to have their permits ready to display upon entry into the parking lot or garage.
During Saturday’s Vol Walk, a C-17 Globemaster III will conduct a flyover. It will be flown by a UT alumnus, Major Clark Belfanti (’07) of the 14th Airlift Squadron based at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina.
Pregame festivities will include a light show, Neyland Lights.
In the first quarter, Tamika Catchings will be recognized her recent induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame—making her the 10th former Lady Vol player to be so honored—and her 2020 induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. From the Lady Vols program, only Catchings and the late Pat Summitt have been inducted into the Naismith Hall.
As part of a Salute to Service theme, halftime will feature a joint contracting ceremony of Army and Air Force ROTC cadets and a Pride of the Southland patriotic-themed show with Lee Greenwood.
Timeline of the Day’s Events
Parking lots will open at 7 a.m. For more information, visit the Parking and Transit Services game day web page. Fans who do not have a football parking permit are encouraged to check out the page of public parking options for home games, including those downtown and in the Fort Sanders neighborhood.
Fans can stop by the new Truly’s Tailgate, located outside Gate 9, for food and drinks beginning at 4:30 p.m. Truly’s will stay open through the end of the third quarter, giving fans in the south concourse a variety of food and drink options and additional restrooms.
For personal tailgates, fans will be allowed to bring a tent as large as 10 feet by 10 feet for their group. Tents must not block parking spaces or vehicle traffic within a parking area.
Starting at 4 p.m., the Toyota Volunteer Village, located in the Humanities Plaza, will offer activities including face painting, tailgate games, and live music by Gabe Burdulis. Salute to Service activities will include a flight simulator and military vehicles.
The fan favorite Vol Walk will begin at 5:15 p.m., with the Pride of the Southland Band march scheduled for 5:50 p.m. In the interest of health and safety, fans are asked to remain on the sidewalks along Peyton Manning Pass and Phillip Fulmer Way and refrain from hugs, high-fives, and handshakes during the Vol Walk.
The Big Orange Countdown will be broadcast from the stage near the Gate 21 Plaza and available for listeners on the Vol Radio Network starting at 6 p.m.
Game Day Safety Measures
- A limited number of boat mooring spaces will be available at the Volunteer Landing and Vol Navy docks. Shuttles will not be available.
- Though not required for entry to Neyland Stadium or movement throughout the seating bowl, facial coverings are encouraged for stadium patrons on game day. Masks are required on the shuttle buses.
- Fans can bring into the stadium one unopened factory-sealed clear water bottle and one empty clear water bottle per person.
- Stadium staff will perform a self-screening for COVID-19 before entering the stadium.
- Fans are asked to perform a health self-screening and stay home if they feel sick or may have been exposed to COVID-19.
- Medical bag checkpoints will be at Gates 14 and 21.
- 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 storage bag. They also will be allowed a small clutch purse not to exceed 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches.
- Fans interested in purchasing an approved clear bag can visit the Official Team Store at Neyland Stadium; VolShop locations in the Student Union, at the corner of Cumberland Avenue and 17th Street, and in University Commons; and other area retailers.
- No other bags will be allowed inside the stadium. All items are subject to search at the gates.
- For more information, see the clear bag policy.
- 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.
- Anyone attempting to enter the stadium with alcohol will be denied entry.
- The same policies apply to fans sitting in the student section of the stadium.
- Unmanned aircraft systems are prohibited on university property beginning four hours before the scheduled kickoff time of a football game, during the game, and for two hours after the conclusion of the game.
- Suspicious activity can be reported to the UT Police Department at 865-974-3114.
Other prohibited items
- Artificial noisemakers
- Open umbrellas
- Outside food, snacks, and beverages
- Radios without headphones
- Video cameras, professional cameras, and cameras with detachable lenses
- Stadium seats with arms or side pockets
- Selfie sticks
- Weapons of any kind, including pocket knives
No items can be stored or left at the gates. Fans can bring the following items inside the stadium, subject to search at the gates:
- Cushions or seats without arms or side pockets
- Small cameras, binoculars, and mobile phones
- Small bags with medically necessary items (Note: Diapers and non-medically necessary items for babies and young children must be carried in a clear bag.)
Brooks Clark (865-974-5471, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tom Satkowiak (865-974-7501, email@example.com)