UT welcomes fans to Florida game

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, welcomes fans to campus on Saturday, September 24 for the football game against the University of Florida. This is UT’s SEC opener and third home game of the season.

Broadcast information

Kick-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. EDT at Neyland Stadium. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Rivalry Game is SEC Game of the Week on CBS. Fans are invited to visit utsports.com/gameday/football or follow @UTGameday on Twitter for the latest updates on game information.

The ESPN College Game Day The pregame show will air on Rocky Top for the first time since the 2016 season. The show will air live from 9 a.m. to noon EDT from the Ayres Hall lawn. ESPN’s SportsCenter will have live footage from the lawn between 8 and 9 a.m.

Checker Neyland

UT asks fans to Checker Neyland for the sold-out game. Supporters are encouraged to wear orange or white, depending on their seat location inside the stadium. Fans can go to CheckerNeyland.com enter their section, row and seat number as they appear on their digital ticket to determine which color they should wear. North End Zone Party Deck fans are encouraged to wear white.

Match day schedule

Campus parking lots will open at 7 a.m. For more information, including downtown parking options for fans without a football parking permit, visit Parking and Transit Services Football Web Page.

Knox Area Transit game day shuttles to campus begin at 12:30 p.m. Shuttles from downtown Knoxville are $10 per person round trip. Shuttles from Farragut High School are $20 per person round trip. Find routes and more information on the KAT website.

Fans can stop by Truly’s Tailgate for food and drinks starting at 11:30 a.m. Tickets will be required after 1:30 p.m.

The Toyota Volunteer Village located at Humanities Plaza opens at noon with food, games, music and giveaways. Fans are also welcome to stay for the game and watch it on the big screen.

The public is invited to Voters and Civic Engagement Tailgate 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, 1640 Cumberland Avenue. Enjoy chicken and cookies, play cornhole, and learn about upcoming opportunities for voting and civic engagement. The event is free.

For personal tailgates, fans will be allowed to bring a tent as large as 10ft by 10ft for their group. Tents must not block parking spaces or vehicular traffic in a parking area.

The traditional Vol march will begin at 1:25 p.m., with the Pride of the Southland Band march scheduled for 1:50 p.m.

A pre-game flyover – coinciding with the national anthem – will feature a KC-135 from the US Air Force’s 134th Air Refueling Wing at McGhee Tyson Air Force Base.

Digital ticket and gate reminders

All parking tickets and cards will be digital and accessible via a mobile device. For quick and easy access, fans are encouraged to download the Tennessee Athletics app on Apple App store Where google play and download their tickets to their Apple Wallet or Google Pay before arriving on campus. Fans can find more tips in UT Athletics Digital Ticketing Guide.

Staff will scan mobile tickets and floor scanners will be located throughout the stadium at select gates. Staff wearing neon green shirts will be able to assist fans. Parking permits will be scanned by parking attendants.

Students will enter at Gates 4, 4a and 5 on the east side of Neyland Stadium.

Fans entering the stadium through Gate 21, Gate 10 and Truly’s tailgate will participate in a weapons detection system before scanning their ticket. Fans should have their mobile devices ready to scan, but they won’t have to take keys or wallets out of their pockets.

Match day safety measures

  • Fans may bring one unopened factory-sealed clear water bottle and one empty clear water bottle into the stadium per person.
  • Medical bag checkpoints will be at gates 14 and 21.
  • As required by the SEC, fans are permitted to bring to the stadium a clear plastic bag no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches or a one gallon resealable clear plastic storage bag. They will also be entitled to a small clutch purse no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. No other bags will be allowed inside the stadium.
    • Fans interested in purchasing an approved clear bag can visit the official team store at Neyland Stadium; VolShop locations in the Student Union, at the corner of Cumberland Avenue and 17th Street, and at University Commons; and other area retailers.
    • All items may be searched at the gates.
    • For more information, see clear bag policy.
  • Fans can report suspicious activity by texting 865-974-1205 with their seat location (lobby, section, row, seat number) and the issue.
  • Smoking is prohibited at UT, including in private vehicles parked or operated on university property. The ban extends to all lit tobacco, e-cigarettes and other vaping devices.
  • Anyone attempting to enter the stadium with alcohol will be refused entry.
  • The same policies apply to fans seated in the student section of the stadium.
  • Unmanned aircraft systems are prohibited on university property beginning four hours before the scheduled kick-off time of a football game, during the game, and for two hours after the game ends .

Other Prohibited Items

  • Artificial noisemakers
  • Open umbrellas
  • Food, snacks and drinks outside
  • Radios without headphones
  • Video cameras, professional cameras and cameras with removable lenses
  • Stadium seats with armrests or side pockets
  • Selfie sticks
  • Weapons of any kind, including pocket knives

No objects can be stored or left at the doors. Supporters may bring the following items into the stadium, subject to door searches:

  • Cushions or seats without armrests or side pockets
  • Small cameras, binoculars and cell phones
  • Small Bags Containing Medically Necessary Items (Note: Diapers and non-medically necessary items for babies and young children should be carried in a clear bag.)


Lisa Leko (865-974-8698, [email protected])

Tom Satkowiak (865-974-7501, [email protected])

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