UT Welcomes Fans to Western Kentucky Game Saturday
UT welcomes fans to campus this Saturday for the football game against Western Kentucky University.
Kickoff is set for 12:21 p.m. EDT for the Volunteers’ game against the Hilltoppers. Gates open at 10:15 a.m. The SEC Network will televise the game.
New security rules prohibit backpacks of any kind or size from entering 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. From their cell phones, fans can send an anonymous report of suspicious activity by texting the letters “UTPD” followed by the location and details pertaining to an incident to Tip411 (847411).
Parking and Traffic
Due to campus construction, fans are encouraged to arrive early. For complete information on game day parking, stadium regulations, and activities, click here. The latest information on campus construction can be found at conezone.utk.edu.
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. Many area hotels also offer shuttle service to the game.
Under state law, no smoking is 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 10:00 a.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 10:35 a.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.
From 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., the Volunteer Village commercial display area will be open on the lawn of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building.
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 10:15 a.m., Katherine Grzywacz-Jones, associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, will discuss “Star Dust and Atom Smashers.”
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.com.
Charles Primm (865-974-5180, email@example.com)