Vols to Open the Season Saturday; New Security Measures Include No-Backpack Policy

Power TUT welcomes fans to campus this Saturday for the first home football game of the 2013 season.

Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. EDT for the Volunteers’ game against the Governors of Austin Peay State University. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. VideoSeat pay-per-view will televise the game.

UT has changed its stadium security regulations and will prohibit backpacks of any kind or size to be taken into Neyland Stadium. All items, including purses, are subject to search at the gates. Purses or other bags larger than twelve inches by twelve inches by twelve inches cannot be brought into the stadium.

The UT Police Department encourages all fans to come to the stadium carrying as little as possible with them to expedite their entry into the stadium and to their seat.

These items also are prohibited:

  • alcoholic beverages, cans, bottles or coolers
  • radios without headphones
  • open umbrellas
  • video cameras
  • stadium seats with arms
  • weapons of any kind, including pocket knives

No items can be left or stored at stadium gates. Fans can bring the following items inside the stadium, provided they meet the size requirement:

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

UT also reminds fans to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement. All fans are asked to call 865-974-3111 or 911 or to use the university’s new “Tip411″ system to report suspicious activity.

From their cell phones, fans can send an anonymous tip by texting the letters “UTPD” followed by the location and details pertaining to an incident to Tip411 (847411). The fan then will receive acknowledgement of the message, and stadium staff, security, or emergency personnel will be alerted and respond to the site.

Parking and Traffic

Due to campus construction, fans are encouraged to arrive early. For complete information on game day parking, stadium regulations, and activities, visit the Tennessee Football Gameday Information page.

Only fans with permits can park on campus. UT encourages others to use shuttle buses from the Old City, the Knoxville Civic Coliseum, and the Market Square area of downtown Knoxville and Farragut High School in west Knoxville.

Phillip Fulmer Way from Cumberland Avenue to Middle Drive continues to be one lane southbound as work continues on the new Student Union project. The latest information on campus construction can be found at conezone.utk.edu.

All lanes of Neyland Drive approaching campus are open for the football season as renovation work continues on the Henley Bridge over the nearby Tennessee River.

Under state law, no smoking will be allowed anywhere inside the stadium. Fans cannot leave the stadium and be readmitted.

Commercial solicitation in front of Neyland Stadium from Middle Way Drive to Gate 10 is prohibited starting four hours before kickoff and continuing until the game is over.

Game Day Activities

The traditional Vol Walk will start at 3:45 p.m. on Volunteer Boulevard near Circle Park, as the members of the football team proceed down Volunteer Boulevard and then continue down Peyton Manning Pass to the stadium.

The Pride of the Southland Marching Band will begin marching at 4:20 p.m. from their new home at the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center on Volunteer Boulevard and will then follow the same path as the Vol Walk.

The Volunteer Village commercial display area will be open on the lawn of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building prior to kickoff. Pregame festivities will be available for fans of all ages.

Fans also can attend the College of Arts and Sciences’ Pregame Showcase. Held two hours before each home game kickoff in the University Center Ballroom, the showcase is a free thirty-minute presentation by a UT faculty member. This week, at 4:00 p.m., Derek Alderman, professor and head of the Department of Geography, will discuss What’s In A Name? The ‘Place Politics’ of Streets Named for Martin Luther King Jr.

Fans are encouraged to follow @UTGameday on Twitter for the latest updates on traffic, weather, gate information and game day events such as the Vol Walk and band march.

Season tickets and select individual game tickets are available at UTTIX.

C O N T A C T :

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

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