UT Welcomes Fans to South Carolina Game, Reminds Public of Safety Policies
Kickoff is set for 12:01 p.m. EDT for the Volunteers’ game against the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. ESPN 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 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.
Select individual game tickets are available at uttix.com.
Game Day Activities
Through Tennessee football’s Vol for Life program, UT will welcome more than 200 former football players, dating back to the 1951 National Championship, to campus. The players will participate in the Vol Walk and follow current players in running through the “T” onto the field.
The UT Athletics Department and the Tennessee Fund office also will host the annual “Tennessee Fund Donor Appreciation Day” for invited guests prior to the game. Donor Appreciation Day runs from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena and includes a barbecue lunch, live music, student-athlete appearances, guest speakers, and interactive games.
The traditional Vol Walk will start at 9:45 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 10:20 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.
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 10:01 a.m., Rachelle Scott, associate professor of religious studies, will present “Haunted Bangkok: Angry Spirits, Buddhist Power and Popular Media in Thailand.”
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.
Charles Primm (865-974-5180, firstname.lastname@example.org)