UT Prepares for 2017 Volunteer Football Season

Ten days from now, UT will welcome Vol fans and visitors to Rocky Top for the first home football game of the season.

The Vols will face the Indiana State University Sycamores at 4 p.m. Saturday, September 9, in Neyland Stadium.

Parking and Traffic

New this year is the closing of Peyton Manning Pass to vehicles three hours before kickoff. Once the road closes, fans with parking permits in lots 9 and 9B must enter from Phillip Fulmer Way. Permit holders in Lot 30A near the stadium still will be able to access their lot at the west end of Peyton Manning Pass. Fans with parking permits in Lot C20 must access the lot prior to the closure of Peyton Manning Pass or they will be directed to another lot.

Phillip Fulmer Way between Middle Drive and Tee Martin Drive also will close to through traffic three hours before kickoff. Thirty minutes before kickoff, the remainder of Phillip Fulmer Way, Middle and Lower Drives, and Estabrook Drive will close to vehicles.

This year, the traditional Vol Walk will begin two and a half hours before kickoff in front of the Torchbearer statue on Volunteer Boulevard.

The Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project has finished and the road is now open to traffic. The area features wider sidewalks with benches and streetlights, improvements to landscaping, and dedicated turn lanes.

Only fans with permits can park on campus. UT encourages fans to use Knoxville Area Transit shuttle buses from the Old City, the Knoxville Civic Coliseum, Krutch Park near Market Square in downtown Knoxville, and Farragut High School west of Knoxville. Fans are encouraged to allow plenty of time to arrive on campus.

Stadium Security

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.

As required by the SEC, fans are allowed to bring to the stadium one clear plastic bag no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches or a one-gallon clear resealable plastic storage bag. They also will be allowed a small clutch purse not to exceed 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches.

Fans interested in purchasing an approved clear bag should visit the Official Team Store at Neyland Stadium; VolShop locations in the Student Union, at the corner of Cumberland Avenue and 17th Street, and in University Commons; and other area retailers.

No other bags will be allowed inside the stadium. All items are subject to search at the gates.

Other prohibited items:

  • Outside food, snacks, and beverages
  • Radios without headphones
  • Open umbrellas
  • Video cameras, professional cameras, or cameras with detachable lenses
  • Stadium seats with arms or side pockets
  • Selfie sticks
  • Artificial noisemakers
  • Weapons of any kind, including pocket knives

No items can be stored or left at the gates. Fans can bring the following items inside the stadium, subject to search at the gates:

  • Cushions or seats without arms or side pockets
  • Small cameras, binoculars, and mobile phones
  • Small bags with medically necessary items (Note: Diapers and non-medically necessary items for babies and young children must be carried in a clear bag.)

For more information, read the clear bag and prohibited items policy.

Suspicious activity can be reported to UT Police at 865-974-3114.

In accordance with state law, no smoking—including e-cigarettes—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.

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

CONTACT:

Charles Primm (865-974-5180, primmc@utk.edu)