Tennessee Volunteers to Host Alabama Crimson Tide Saturday

KNOXVILLE — For fans of the University of Tennessee Volunteers and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide, this Saturday’s football game is one of the most highly-anticipated matches of the season.

CBS will televise the sold-out game. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. and gates at Neyland Stadium will open at 1:30 p.m.

“This great traditional rivalry has produced some classic moments for fans of both teams,” said Senior Associate Vice Chancellor Jeff Maples. “We ask that those in attendance Saturday help keep that enthusiasm and excitement positive.”

The following items will be allowed inside the stadium Saturday:

-Cushions and seats without arms;
-Diaper bags that accompany infants;
-Small cameras, pagers, cell phones and binoculars.

The list of items that spectators cannot bring to the game includes the following:

-Alcoholic beverages, cans, bottles or coolers;
-Radios without headphones;
-Video cameras;
-Open umbrellas;
-Stadium seats with arms;
-Large bags or parcels, including backpacks and large purses;
-Weapons of any kind.

No items or parcels can be stored at any stadium gate. All items, including purses, are subject to search.

Maples said standard security measures will be in place in and around Neyland Stadium.

Smoking is no longer allowed in the stadium except in ramp areas and the Gate 21 plaza.

Peyton Manning Pass, Middle and Lower drives, Estabrook Drive and Phillip Fulmer Way from Middle Drive to Tee Martin Drive will be closed 30 minutes before kickoff. Directional parking will be used in Area 9 and Lots 4, 5A and 5B.

Starting three hours prior to kickoff Saturday, traffic on Andy Holt Avenue will flow both eastbound and westbound. During and immediately after the game, Andy Holt Avenue will revert back to its permanent designation of one-way westbound.

Due to construction, sidewalks on the north side of Andy Holt Avenue and the east side of Volunteer Boulevard at Glocker have been closed, along with the sidewalk on the east side of Lake Loudoun Boulevard at the corner of Neyland Drive.

Solicitation near stadium gates and along Phillip Fulmer Way will be prohibited.

The game will be telecast on CBS, Comcast Sports and the Alabama Network.

The traditional Vol Walk from Gibbs Hall to the stadium starts at 1:15 p.m., and the Pride of the Southland marching band leaves the music building at 1:50 p.m.
Other events include:

-The Volunteer Village commercial exhibition area will be open on the Humanities building lawn from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

-The Alpha Omicron Pi sorority will hold their annual barbecue to raise funds for arthritis research Saturday at Circle Park.

-The College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Pre-Game Showcase features microbiology professor Mark Sangster, who will discuss “Bird Flu: World’s Next Influenza Epidemic?” The presentation begins at 1:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

With a seating capacity of 102,039, Neyland Stadium is the largest football stadium in the South and the third-largest in the country.

For more information on campus parking, visit http://www.tennessee.edu/news/traffic.pdf.

For more information on traveling to Knoxville, visit the UT Men’s Athletics Web site at http://utsports.cstv.com/travel/tenn-travel.html or the Tennessee Department of Transportation Web site at http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/smartfix/jwp/closures.asp.


Contact: Jeff Maples (865-974-3061)