Same Neyland Security Measures In Effect This Season

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee football fans will find the same stadium security measures and traffic and parking procedures in effect for the 2002 season, a UT official said Tuesday.

Following last September’s attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, security measures around Neyland Stadium and most other sporting venues were tightened.

Philip Scheurer, University of Tennessee vice president for operations, said a recent review by law enforcement officials found no major security changes are necessary for the Vols’ seven home games in 2002.

“Large parcels such as backpacks will not the permitted inside the stadium, and no items can be stored or left at the gate,” Scheurer said. “Fans may bring stadium seats without arms, cushions, binoculars, small cameras, pagers, cell phones, radio headsets and diaper bags that accompany an infant.

“Any of these items, including purses, are subject to being searched.”

Phillip Fulmer Way from Middle Drive to Tee Martin Drive, Peyton Manning Pass, Middle and Lower drives and Estabrook Drive will be closed 30 minutes before kickoff. These streets will not reopen until after the game is over.

Directional parking will be used in Area 9 and lots 1, 2, 4, 5A and 5B, Scheurer said.

UT has requested that airspace restrictions of three miles away from Neyland Stadium and 3,000-feet altitude be in place again this year, Scheurer said. Solicitation near stadium gates and along Phillip Fulmer Way will be prohibited.

“We will continue to meet with all the law enforcement officials who are involved in our security planning, and make changes if they are warranted. This plan worked so well last year because of the superb cooperation of our fans and the officers who help us with traffic and security,” Scheurer said.

“We thank them all.”