UT To Host Mississippi State Saturday

KNOXVILLE — University officials say they’ll be enforcing Southeastern Conference rules on the use of artificial noisemakers this Saturday as the University of Tennessee Volunteers host the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Neyland Stadium.

“The conference has banned their use inside stadiums and fans will not be allowed to enter Neyland Stadium with any form of artificial noisemaker,” Philip Scheurer, vice president of operations, said Wednesday.

Normal stadium security measures will be in place, Scheurer said.

Items that are allowed in the stadium include cell phones, small radios, seat cushions and infant diaper bags accompanied by an infant. Backpacks and other large items are not allowed inside the gate, and are not to be stored outside the gate. All items admitted are subject to search.

Public access to the stadium begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, with kickoff set for 12:30 p.m. The traditional Vol Walk starts at 10:15 a.m. from Gibbs Hall to the stadium. The Pride of the Southland marching band departs from the music building at 10:50 a.m.

Public parking with shuttle-bus service is available at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum parking garage.

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.

After the game, traffic on 11th Street will be one-way northbound from Cumberland Avenue to Western Avenue to provide access to Interstate 40.

Jefferson Pilot Sports will televise the game.