Manning Jersey To Be Retired before UT-SC Game

KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee will officially retire former Vol Peyton Manning’s football jersey before the Volunteers host the University of South Carolina Gamecocks this Saturday, Oct. 29, in Knoxville.

Kickoff for the game is 7:45 p.m. ET.

Manning, currently the quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts NFL team, wore the number 16 on his jersey during his years with the Vols.

The number will be retired in a mid-field ceremony approximately 30 minutes before kickoff.

The matchup also marks former Florida coach Steve Spurrier’s first visit to Neyland Stadium leading the South Carolina team.

Standard security measures will be in place for Saturday’s game, said UT Senior Associate Vice Chancellor Jeff Maples.

“We’re asking fans to arrive early and not to bring prohibited items inside Neyland Stadium,” he said.

Prohibited items include:

- alcoholic beverages, cans, bottles and coolers;
- radios without headphones;
- open umbrellas;
- video cameras;
- stadium seats with arms;
- large bags or parcels;
- backpacks;
- weapons of any kind.

Fans are allowed to bring the following items inside the stadium:

- cushions and stadium seats without arms;
- binoculars, small cameras, pagers, and cell phones;
- diaper bags that accompany infants.

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.

ESPN2 will televise the game. The traditional Vol Walk from Gibbs Hall to the stadium starts at 5:30 p.m., and the Pride of the Southland marching band will leave the Music Building at 6:05 p.m.

The Volunteer Village commercial exhibition area will be open on the Humanities complex lawn from 4-7 p.m.

For more information on traveling to Knoxville, visit the UT Men’s Athletics Web site at http://utsports.collegesports.com/travel/tenn-travel.html

For a schedule of ongoing construction in the Knoxville area, visit the Tennessee Department of Transportation Web site at http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/smartfix/jwp/closures.asp

Contact: Jeff Maples (865-974-3061)
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