UT Welcomes Fans, Past Torchbearers to LSU Game Saturday
Kickoff for the Volunteers’ game against the Louisiana State University Tigers, currently ranked the number-one college football team in the U.S., is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET. Gates open at 1:30 p.m. CBS will televise the game.
A “Rally on Rocky Top” pep rally will be held at 5:15 p.m. Friday, October 14, at the Gate 21 amphitheater on Phillip Fulmer Way. Head football coach Derek Dooley, the Pride of the Southland Marching Band, and UT cheerleaders are scheduled to appear at the rally, which also will feature giveaways for fans. Free parking will be available in Staff Lot 9 across the street for the event, which is free and open to the public.
Fans are encouraged to follow @UTGameday on Twitter for the latest updates on traffic, weather, gate information, and other game-day events.
Game Day Activities
The traditional Vol Walk will start at 1:15 p.m. on Volunteer Boulevard near Circle Park and will proceed down Volunteer Boulevard to the Torchbearer statue, then down Peyton Manning Pass, then turn left onto Phillip Fulmer Way and enter the stadium.
The band will begin marching at 1:50 p.m. near the Rock on Volunteer Boulevard, march past the Torchbearer statue, then turn right onto Andy Holt Avenue, then right onto Phillip Fulmer Way. The band will briefly pause in front of the new amphitheater for their traditional salute to the Hill, then continue to the stadium.
Fans also can attend the College of Arts and Sciences’ Pregame Showcase, now in its twenty-second 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 1:30 p.m., Michael Best, associate professor in the department of chemistry, will discuss “Bioorganic Chemistry: Advancing the Frontiers of Medicine.”
From noon to 3:00 p.m., the Volunteer Village commercial display area will be open on the lawn of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building. Pregame festivities will be available for fans of all ages, including interactive inflatable games, live bands, appearances from Smokey, Junior Smokey, cheerleaders, and the dance team.
A reunion of all former Torchbearers will be held at Circle Park prior to the game. The Torchbearer is the highest honor given to a UT student. In addition, a donation collection for the campus chapter of ROTC will be held outside Neyland Stadium.
University officials say attendance for the UT—LSU game may be the largest of the season, and they are urging fans to arrive early.
“With LSU ranked the top college football team in the country, we expect a large turnout of fans, both inside and outside the stadium,” Jeff Maples, senior associate vice chancellor of finance and administration, said. “We’re asking everyone to cooperate by not waiting until the last minute to try to enter the stadium.”
Officials are also advising fans to avoid purchasing “print-at-home” game tickets from vendors outside the stadium. These tickets feature unique bar codes that are good for only one use, but are easily photocopied and resold multiple times, resulting in unusable counterfeit tickets.
UT reminds visitors that all items, including purses, are subject to search at the gates. Prohibited items include the following:
- artificial noisemakers;
- alcoholic beverages, cans, bottles or coolers;
- radios without headphones;
- open umbrellas;
- video cameras;
- stadium seats with arms;
- large bags or parcels, including backpacks and large purses; and
- weapons of any kind, including pocketknives.
This year, bags larger than twelve inches by twelve inches by twelve inches cannot be brought into the stadium. This is the standard in use by the National Football League and by a growing number of collegiate sports facilities. Items larger than this standard size, as well as other prohibited items, cannot be stored at any stadium gate. To assist fans, boxes demonstrating the proper bag size will be placed at stadium gates and bus loading areas. This should help fans determine if their bags are too large to be allowed into the stadium.
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; and
- small cameras, pagers, cell phones and binoculars.
Under state law, no smoking will be allowed anywhere inside the gates of Neyland Stadium. Fans cannot leave the stadium and be re-admitted.
A no-fly zone extends over the stadium from one hour before the game until one hour after it ends, prohibiting flights within a 3-nautical-mile radius and lower than 3,000 feet in altitude, except as authorized by air traffic control.
Solicitation near stadium gates and along Phillip Fulmer Way is prohibited.
Parking and Road Closures
Only fans with permits can park on campus. UT encourages all fans to use shuttle buses from the university’s Kingston Pike building, the Knoxville Civic Coliseum, the Old City and Market Square areas of downtown Knoxville and Farragut High School. Limited public handicapped parking spaces and handicapped shuttle service to the stadium are available on the UT Agriculture Campus, off Neyland Drive.
Many area hotels also offer shuttle service to the game. Check with your hotel’s management for details.
At 1:15 p.m., Phillip Fulmer Way, from Andy Holt Avenue to Peyton Manning Pass, will be closed to vehicle traffic for the duration of the game. At 3:00 p.m., Peyton Manning Pass, Middle and Lower Drives, and Estabrook Drive will be closed. Directional parking will be used in Area 9 and Lots 4, 5A and 5B. Chamique Holdsclaw Drive from Lake Loudoun Boulevard to Pat Head Summitt Street is closed for the entire season.
For more information on game day parking, including a map of campus parking areas, visit http://web.utk.edu/~pso/maps.html.
Season tickets and select individual game tickets are available at http://www.uttix.com.
C O N T A C T :
Jeff Maples (865-974-3061, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Brian Browning (865-974-3061, email@example.com)
Charles Primm (865-974-5180, firstname.lastname@example.org)