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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, welcomes fans to campus Saturday, September 17, for the football game against the University of Akron. This is only the third time that the Vols have hosted Akron and UT’s second home game of the season.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. EDT in Neyland Stadium. Gates open at 5 p.m. A digital-only broadcast will be available on ESPN+ and SEC Network+ (see details). Fans are encouraged to visit or follow @UTGameday on Twitter for the latest updates on game information.

Digital Tickets and Parking Passes

All tickets and parking passes will be digital and can be accessed through a mobile device. For quick and easy access, fans are encouraged to download the Tennessee Athletics app from the Apple App Store or Google Play and download their tickets to their Apple Wallet or Google Pay before arriving on campus. Fans can find more tips in the UT Athletics Digital Ticketing Guide.

Staff will scan mobile tickets and pedestal scanners will be located throughout the stadium at select gates. Staff wearing neon green shirts will be able to assist fans. Parking permits will be scanned by lot attendants.

Gate Reminders

Students will enter at Gates 4, 4a, and 5 on the east side of Neyland Stadium.

Fans entering the stadium through Gate 21, Gate 10, and Truly’s Tailgate will take part in a walkthrough weapons detection system before scanning their ticket. Fans should have their mobile devices ready to scan, but they will not have to remove keys or wallets from their pockets.

Game Day Activities

Fans can stop by Truly’s Tailgate for food and drinks starting at 3 p.m. Tickets will be required after 5 p.m.

The Toyota Volunteer Village located in Humanities Plaza is open from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Fans can enjoy food, games, music, and giveaways.

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.

The fan favorite Vol Walk will begin at 4:45 p.m., with the Pride of the Southland Band march scheduled for 5:20 p.m.

A Neyland Stadium light show is planned for halftime after the Pride of the Southland Band’s performance.

Game Day Parking and Shuttles 

Parking lots will open at 7 a.m. For more information, see the Parking and Transit Services football web page. The page includes information for fans who do not have a football parking permit, including downtown parking options.

Knox Area Transit game day shuttles to campus start three hours before kickoff. The buses drop off and pick up at the Walters Academic Building near the Student Union. Shuttles from downtown Knoxville cost $10 per person round trip and leave from the Civic Coliseum, Old City, and Market Square. Shuttles from Farragut High school cost $20 per person round trip. Additional shuttle information is available on the KAT website.

Game Day Safety Measures

  • Fans can bring into the stadium one unopened factory-sealed clear water bottle and one empty clear water bottle per person.
  • 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. No other bags will be allowed inside the stadium. For more information, see the clear bag policy. 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.
  • All items are subject to search at gates.
  • Fans can report suspicious activity by texting 865-974-1205 with their seat location (concourse, section, row, seat number) and issue.
  • 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.

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.)


Lisa Leko (865-974-8698,

Tom Satkowiak (865-974-7501,