The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, welcomes fans to campus this Sunday for the first home football game of the 2014 season.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. EDT for the Volunteers’ game against the Aggies of Utah State University. Gates open at 5 p.m. The new SEC Network will televise the game. Tickets are still available for the game at http://www.uttix.com.
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 12 inches by 12 inches by 12 inches cannot be brought into the stadium.
This season UT will begin closing a section of Phillip Fulmer Way, which runs along the west side of the stadium, three hours before kickoff. All other primary routes around campus will remain open until 30 minutes before kickoff, as in previous years.
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
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
For a full list of permitted and prohibited items, visit http://www.utsports.com/gameday/football.
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.
Game Day Activities
The traditional Vol Walk will start at 4:45 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 5:20 p.m. from the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center on Volunteer Boulevard and will then 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 3:30 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 25th 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 week, at 5 p.m., in a presentation titled “Nailing Andrew Jackson: The President and His Papers,” Dan Feller, professor of history, will discuss the Papers of Andrew Jackson project at UT. For more on this week’s showcase, visit
New this year, the UT Student Government Association will host its first ever All Vol Tailgate from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Humanities and Social Sciences Building’s outdoor amphitheater. The event is open to UT students and will offer free food, music, games and special guests.
Fans are encouraged to follow @UTGameday on Twitter or visit http://www.utsports.com/gameday/football for the latest updates on traffic, weather, gate information and game day events.
Parking and Traffic
Due to campus construction, fans are encouraged to arrive early.
Only fans with permits can park on campus. UT encourages others to use shuttle buses from the Old City, the Knoxville Civic Coliseum and 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 from 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 http://www.utk.edu/maps.
The latest information on campus construction can be found at http://conezone.utk.edu.