Campus Welcomes Fans, ‘SEC Nation’ to Final Home Football Game Saturday

Power TThe university welcomes fans to campus this Saturday for the year’s final home football game.

Kickoff is set for 7:36 p.m. EST for the Volunteers’ game against the University of Missouri Tigers. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. ESPN will televise the game. Tickets are still available for the game at uttix.com.

SEC Nation

ESPN’s SEC Network will broadcast its live SEC Nation program from the south lawn of Ayres Hall from 10:00 a.m. to noon Saturday. Fans will be admitted to a viewing area near the show stage and are encouraged to arrive by 9:00 a.m. Fans are encouraged to bring signs to show school spirit. Please keep in mind signs should be appropriate for a television audience. ESPN’s The Paul Finebaum Show radio sports program also will broadcast live from the Ayres Hall south lawn. Only fans with permits can park on the UT campus.

Due to campus construction, fans are encouraged to arrive early.

Stadium Security

No backpacks of any kind or size are allowed inside 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
  • weapons of any kind, including pocket knives
  • stadium seats with arms
  • video cameras
  • radios without headphones
  • open umbrellas
  • strollers

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

View the full list of permitted and prohibited items at UTSports.com.

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 “Tip411” system to report suspicious activity inside and around the stadium. Fans can do so by texting the letters “UTPD” followed by the location and details pertaining to an incident to Tip411 (847411).

In accordance with state law, no smoking is allowed anywhere inside the stadium. If fans leave the stadium to smoke, they will not be readmitted.

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

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 except as authorized by air traffic control. This restriction includes unmanned aerial vehicles such as drone aircraft.

Game Day Activities

Saturday is Senior Day, when seniors on the football team are honored for their contributions as student-athletes. The seniors will run through the “T” and join their families on the field for special recognition prior to kickoff. After the game, the senior players will be invited back to the field for a serenade of “The Tennessee Waltz.”

The traditional Vol Walk will start at 5:15 p.m. in front of the Torchbearer statue at Circle Park, as the members of the football team proceed from Volunteer Boulevard to Peyton Manning Pass to the stadium.

The Pride of the Southland Band will begin marching at 5:50 p.m. from the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center on Volunteer Boulevard and will follow the same path as the Vol Walk.

The Toyota Volunteer Village commercial display area will be open on the lawn of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building at 4:00 p.m. The village offers food and pregame festivities for fans of all ages.

Fans also can attend the College of Arts and Sciences Pregame Showcase, which is celebrating its twenty-fifth season this year. 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 Saturday at 5:30 p.m., Kathleen Buckley, associate professor of theatre, will provide a behind-the-scenes look at how actors break down a script. For more on this week’s showcase, visit Tennessee Today.

Fans are encouraged to follow @UTGameday on Twitter or visit UTSports.com for the latest updates on traffic, weather, gate information, and game day events.

Parking and Traffic

UT encourages fans to use shuttle buses from the Old City, the Knoxville Civic Coliseum, Krutch Park near Market Square in downtown Knoxville, and Farragut High School.

Phillip Fulmer Way will close to through traffic from Middle Drive to Tee Martin Drive three hours before kickoff.

Fans with parking permits for Staff Lots 4 and 5 must enter Phillip Fulmer Way via Lake Loudoun Boulevard. Those with permits for Staff Lots 9 and 30A must enter Phillip Fulmer Way either from Cumberland Avenue or Peyton Manning Pass.

Thirty minutes before kickoff, the remainder of Phillip Fulmer Way as well as Peyton Manning Pass, Middle and Lower Drives, and Estabrook Drive will close to vehicles. For an interactive campus map, visit utk.edu/maps.

The latest information on campus construction can be found at UT’s Cone Zone.

C O N T A C T :

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