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Fans form an orange and white checkerboard pattern in the stands of Neyland Stadium.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, welcomes fans to campus Saturday, Oct. 14, for the football game against Texas A&M University. This will be the fifth meeting between the Volunteers and Aggies.

Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. inside Neyland Stadium. Gates open at 1:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on CBS. 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. 133 or 191) and the SiriusXM app (Ch. 962) 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 SEC Network will broadcast live from campus ahead of the matchup on Saturday. “Marty & McGee” will air at 9 a.m. followed by the pregame show “SEC Nation” at 10 a.m. Both shows will broadcast from the Ayres Hall lawn. This will be the 10th time that the entire “SEC Nation” show has broadcast from the UT campus. “The Paul Finebaum Show” will broadcast from the Ayres Hall lawn from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Checker Neyland

The game will mark the return of Checker Neyland, the popular fan-driven initiative that showcases UT’s iconic checkerboard pattern in the stands of Neyland Stadium. Fans are encouraged to wear orange or white, depending on their seat location. Fans can go to to enter their section, row and seat number as they appear on their digital ticket to determine which color they should wear. Fans in the North End Zone Social Deck are encouraged to wear white.

Game Day Activities

Truly’s Tailgate opens at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are required after 1:30 p.m.

Toyota Volunteer Village, located in Humanities Plaza, opens at noon and includes live entertainment, games and food.

The traditional Vol Walk will begin at 1:15 p.m., with the Pride of the Southland Band march scheduled for 1:50 p.m.

A pregame flyover will feature two F-15 jets from the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The crew conducting the flyover is made up of Tennessee and Texas A&M alumni and fans. The crew for the lead jet includes Maj. David “White” Winter, a 2013 UT graduate, and Capt. Taylor “Recoil” Biggs, a 2014 Texas A&M graduate. Crew members for the second aircraft are Lt. Col. David “Rifle” Jeffery, a Johnson City, Tennessee, native and lifelong Vol fan, and Capt. James “Lucky” Fliss, a 2014 UT graduate.

At halftime, Tennessee Athletics will salute Eric Berry and his upcoming induction into the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame. Berry earned unanimous first-team All-American honors in 2008 and 2009 as a defensive back for the Vols — the only player in program history to achieve that feat twice. Berry and the 2023 Hall of Fame class will officially be inducted on Dec. 5 in Las Vegas.

Parking and Gate Reminders

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 12:30 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.

Students will line up outside the stadium along Phillip Fulmer Way and enter Neyland Stadium 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.

Fans will enter Truly’s Tailgate at Gate 8. Lower West Club will enter at Gate 16A, and Gate 21 is the designated entrance for ADA support. All gates can check medical bags.

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 on the UT Athletics Digital Ticketing Guide.

Fans who need assistance with their 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 have Wi-Fi available around the immediate perimeter of the stadium and at each gate to assist with ticket scanning. Fans seated throughout the lower bowl will have access to Wi-Fi in most areas, and all fans seated in the premium sections will have Wi-Fi access. Fans will not have access to RockyTopWifi in every section of the stadium. Join RockyTopWifi from your 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,