UT Welcomes Fans to Ag Day, Georgia Game Saturday; Reminds Visitors of No-Backpack Policy
Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. EDT for the Volunteers’ game against the Bulldogs of the University of Georgia. Gates open at 1:30 p.m. CBS Sports will televise the game.
The university reminds fans of new security rules that 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.
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).
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.
Game Day Activities
The annual Tim Kerin Memorial Food Drive will be held outside Neyland Stadium to benefit Knoxville’s Second Harvest Food Bank. Financial donations can be made at various locations around the stadium prior to the game. Kerin, the long-time head trainer at Tennessee, died in 1992. The food drive has been held in his honor ever since.
The traditional Vol Walk will start at 1:15 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 1:50 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 UT Institute of Agriculture will hold its annual Ag Day event on Saturday, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the newly renovated Brehm Animal Science Arena. Activities include live music, informational displays, a visit from Smokey, and an insect petting zoo. For more information, visit their website.
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 1:30 p.m., Theresa Lee, dean of the college and professor of psychology, will present a talk titled “Tick Tock: Sleep Across the Lifespan and the Role of the Internal Clock.”
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 athletic department website. The latest information on campus construction can be found at the Cone Zone.
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.
C O N T A C T :
Charles Primm (865-974-5180, firstname.lastname@example.org)