UT Welcomes Fans to Florida Game Saturday

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KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, welcomes fans to campus Saturday.

Kickoff for the Volunteers’ game against the Gators of the University of Florida is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET. Gates open at 1:30 p.m. CBS will televise the game.

Tim Kerin Food Drive

Fans attending the game will have the opportunity to honor the memory of former Vol head trainer Tim Kerin and help their hungry neighbors at the same time.

The annual Tim Kerin Memorial Food Drive will be held outside Neyland Stadium to benefit Knoxville’s Second Harvest Food Bank. Collection centers for financial donations will be set up around the stadium prior to the game. Nonperishable food items will be collected at a Second Harvest drop-off point near the Communications Building.

Kerin, the long-time head trainer at Tennessee, died suddenly in 1992. The food drive has been held in his honor ever since.

Game Day Activities

The traditional Vol Walk will start on Volunteer Boulevard, just east of the intersection with Lake Loudoun Boulevard. The walk will begin at 1:15 p.m. and will proceed down Volunteer Boulevard, past the Torchbearer statue, then down Peyton Manning Pass, then left onto Phillip Fulmer Way.

The band will begin their march to the stadium at 1:50 p.m. at the intersection of Pat Head Summitt Street and Volunteer Boulevard and will proceed down Volunteer Boulevard, past the Torchbearer statue, then right on Andy Holt Avenue, then right onto Phillip Fulmer Way. The band will briefly pause in front of the new amphitheater for their traditional salute to The Hill, then continue to the stadium.

Fans also can attend the College of Arts and Sciences’ Pregame Faculty Showcase, now in its 21st year. Held two hours before each home game kickoff in the University Center Ballroom, the showcase is a free 30-minute presentation by a UT faculty member, followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session. This week, Gary McCracken, professor and head of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a nationally known expert on bats, will discuss “The Conservation Crisis of North American Bats: What Happens If We Lose Them?”

The Volunteer Village commercial display area will be open on the lawn of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building from noon to 3 p.m. Also on display at Volunteer Village this season is the UT Zero Energy House prototype, created by a team of UT Knoxville faculty and students to demonstrate environmentally sustainable design.

Only fans with permits can park on campus. UT encourages fans to use shuttle buses from the university’s Kingston Pike building, the Knoxville Civic Coliseum, the Old City and Market Square areas of downtown Knoxville and Farragut High School in West Knoxville. Limited public handicapped parking spaces and handicapped shuttle service to the stadium are available on the UT Agriculture Campus, off Neyland Drive.

Many area hotels also offer shuttle service to the game. Check with your hotel’s management for details.

Stadium Security

This season, UT Athletics has introduced a fan text messaging system. The system allows fans to request immediate assistance from event management and security personnel through a text message.

From a personal cell phone, fans can text the location and details pertaining to an incident, including the section, row and seat number, to 69050. The fan then will receive acknowledgement of the message, and stadium staff, security or emergency personnel will be alerted and respond to the site. Standard text messaging rates will apply, based on the provider.

UT reminds visitors that all items, including purses, are subject to search at the gates. Certain items remain prohibited inside the stadium, and those items cannot be stored at any stadium gate.

Prohibited items include the following:

  • alcoholic beverages, cans, bottles or coolers
  • radios without headphones
  • open umbrellas
  • video cameras
  • stadium seats with arms
  • large bags or parcels, including backpacks and large purses
  • weapons of any kind, including pocketknives

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

  • cushions and seats without arms
  • diaper bags that accompany infants
  • small cameras, pagers, cell phones and binoculars

Under state law, no smoking will be allowed anywhere inside the gates of Neyland Stadium. No one inside the gates will be allowed to leave and then be re-admitted.

A no-fly zone extends over the stadium from one hour before the game until one hour after it ends, prohibiting flights within a three-nautical-mile radius and lower than 3,000-feet altitude, except as authorized by air traffic control.

Solicitation near stadium gates and along Phillip Fulmer Way is prohibited.

For those driving on campus, 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.

For more information on game day parking, including a map of campus parking areas, visit http://web.utk.edu/~pso/athletic.php.

Season tickets and select individual game tickets are available at http://www.uttix.com.

C O N T A C T :

Jeff Maples (865-974-3061, maples@utk.edu)

Brian Browning (865-974-3061, brian-browning@utk.edu)

Charles Primm (865-974-5180, charles.primm@tennessee.edu)

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