University Prepares for 2015 Volunteer Football Season

In just eleven days, UT will welcome Vol fans and visitors to Rocky Top for an exciting season of Volunteer football at Neyland Stadium.

The Vols will face the Oklahoma Sooners at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, September 12, in Neyland Stadium.

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The UT Police Department reminds fans that alcoholic beverages, cans, bottles, and coolers are prohibited in Neyland Stadium. Anyone attempting to enter the stadium under the influence of alcohol will be subject to ejection or arrest.

Chief Troy Lane said all UT sporting events should be held in a safe and family-friendly environment so fans and visitors can enjoy the experience. He added that recent complaints regarding disruptive or disorderly behavior have necessitated the need for increased enforcement.

“Increased complaints about unruly behavior, mostly regarding persons who have had too much to drink, have caused us to more aggressively address these issues. We want UT fans of all ages to enjoy the game in a family-friendly atmosphere,” said Lane.

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 following items are also prohibited from the stadium:

  • weapons of any kind, including pocket knives
  • stadium seats with arms
  • video cameras
  • open umbrellas

No items can be left or stored at stadium gates. Fans can bring the following items into 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

A full list of permitted and prohibited items is available online.

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 Drive to Gate 10 is prohibited from four hours before kickoff until the game ends.

Parking and Traffic

Because of construction and road closures in the campus area, fans are encouraged to arrive early.

Ongoing work on the Cumberland Avenue Corridor project has reduced traffic on the street to one lane in each direction between Alcoa Highway and Twenty-Second Street. This may result in slowdowns both before and after the game.

Only fans with permits can park near the stadium. 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.

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.

The latest information on campus construction can be found on the Cone Zone website.

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

CONTACT:

Karen Simsen (865-974-5186, karen.simsen@tennessee.edu)