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Orange and white fireworks shoot off in a night sky over a packed Neyland Stadium.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, welcomes fans to campus Saturday, Sept. 30, for the SEC matchup against the University of South Carolina.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. EDT in Neyland Stadium, and gates open at 5:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network. Fans can listen to Tennessee Athletics’ official radio broadcast on the Vol Network of 70 stations across Tennessee and the Southeast (locally, WIVK-FM 107.7/WNML-FM 99.1), SiriusXM (Ch. 109 or 190) and the SiriusXM app (Ch. 961), and the Varsity app. A live audio stream of the broadcast will be available on and the Tennessee Athletics app. Fans are encouraged to visit for the latest updates on game information.

The game is part of Champions Weekend, when Tennessee Athletics invites teams and individuals who have won SEC or NCAA championships back to campus to celebrate their accomplishments. The 1998 SEC and national championship football and women’s basketball teams are among the honorees.

Game Day Timeline

Parking lots open at 7 a.m. There is no paid public parking on campus. Shuttles for season ticket parking permit holders will begin running at 1 p.m. Detailed parking information, including public parking options off campus and Knox Area Transit bus routes, is available on the Parking and Transportation football web page.

Truly’s Tailgate, with food and drinks, opens at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are required after 5:30 p.m.

There will be live entertainment, food and games at the Toyota Volunteer Village located in Humanities Plaza. The fun runs from 4 to 7 p.m.

Fans can experience Tennessee traditions starting with the Vol Walk at 5:15 p.m. and the Pride of the Southland Band march at 5:50 p.m.

A pregame joint unit flyover will happen at the end of the national anthem. It will feature a KC-135 aircraft from the 134th Air Refueling Wing of the Tennessee Air National Guard at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, and two F-16 fighter jets from the 169th Fighter Wing of the South Carolina Air National Guard at McEntire Joint National Guard Base.

Fans can take part in the Pride of the Southland Band’s halftime performance by opening the UT: GBO Zone feature in the Tennessee Athletics app during the second song, which will sync their phone to the music with light and sound. The app is the same one used for mobile tickets. Halftime will end with a Neyland Stadium light show.

Gate Reminders

Students will line up outside the stadium along Phillip Fulmer Way and enter at Gate 10. Ambassadors will be outside the stadium at Gates 10 and 21 to help students and fans navigate the crowds and find their entry points. There will be no entry to the stadium at Gates 16 and 17.

Lower West Club will enter at Gate 16A, and Gate 21 is the designated entrance for ADA support. All gates can check medical bags.

Fans will enter Truly’s Tailgate at Gate 8. New permanent restrooms are available underneath the Gate 10 ramp.

Fans will take part in a walkthrough weapons detection system before scanning their tickets at Gates 2, 10, 14, 15, 16A, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 26 and at Truly’s Tailgate. Fans should have their mobile devices ready to scan, but they will not have to remove keys or wallets from their pockets.

Digital Tickets and Parking Passes

All tickets and parking passes will be digital and can be accessed through a mobile device. 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 additional information in the UT Athletics Digital Ticketing Guide.

Fans who need assistance with digital tickets can visit ticket office locations at Gates 21 and 23.


RockyTopWifi, Neyland Stadium’s new Wi-Fi system, continues to be a work in progress. Fans will see Wi-Fi available around the immediate perimeter of the stadium and at each gate to assist with ticket scanning. Fans seated in the lower bowl will have access to Wi-Fi in most areas, and those seated in the premium sections will have Wi-Fi access. Fans should note that they will not see RockyTopWifi in every section of the stadium. They can join RockyTopWifi from their mobile device settings. No registration is required.

Phone charging stations will be available in premium and public areas of the stadium.

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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • The clear bag policy has more information.
  • Fans can report suspicious activity by texting 865-974-9898 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 (unless medically necessary)
  • 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,

Bill Martin (864-974-4167,