It will be an early start when the Vols welcome UMass to Neyland Stadium on Sept. 23.

The SEC announced the game against the Minutemen will kick off at noon on the SEC Network.

Here's the rest of the SEC slate for that weekend:

12 p.m. -- Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (Arlington) | TV: ESPN
3:30 p.m. -- Alabama at Vanderbilt | TV: CBS
3:30 p.m. -- Louisiana Tech at South Carolina | TV: SEC Network
7 or 7:30 p.m. -- Florida at Kentucky | TV: ESPN2, ESPNU or SEC Network
7 or 7:30 p.m. -- Syracuse at LSU | TV: ESPN2, ESPNU or SEC Network
7 or 7:30 p.m. -- Auburn at Missouri | TV: ESPN2, ESPNU or SEC Network

There are still tickets available for the game.

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Gameday Activities

The Toyota Volunteer Village offers pregame festivities for fans of all ages beginning at 8:30 a.m. It's located in the Humanities Plaza. Volunteer Village features pregame appearances from Smokey, Junior Smokey, cheerleaders and UT’s dance team.

The Vol Walk starts at 9:45 a.m. in front of the Torchbearer statue on Volunteer Boulevard. Members of the football team will proceed down Peyton Manning Pass to the stadium.

The Pride of the Southland Band will begin marching at 10:20 a.m. from the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center on Volunteer Boulevard to the Haslam Business Building. They will then make a right turn onto the pedestrian bridge connecting Volunteer Boulevard to the Hill. The band will then circle down the slope to Phillip Fulmer Way, perform a musical salute to the Hill, and enter the stadium from the north.

The Vol Network's Kickoff Call-In Show, hosted by Bob Kesling and Tim Priest, begins 90 minutes before kickoff and airs on the Vol Radio Network. You can watch the broadcast live from the Gate 21 Plaza at the northwest corner of Phillip Fulmer Way and Andy Holt Boulevard, or participate by called 1 (800) 688-8657.

Stadium Security

UT implemented a bag policy last season that fans should be prepared for.

Only one clear plastic bag, no larger than twelve inches by six inches by twelve inches, or a one-gallon clear resealable plastic storage bag will be allowed. Fans can also carry a small clutch purse, not larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. Those bags are still subject to search at the gates, but UT hopes this will make getting into the stadium a little quicker.

Other prohibited items:

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

What is allowed, with restrictions:

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

Get more info on what's allowed in Neyland Stadium here.

Parking and Traffic

Fans are encouraged to arrive early.

Only fans with permits can park on campus. UT encourages others to use KAT shuttle buses from the Old City, the Knoxville Civic Coliseum and Krutch Park, near Market Square in downtown Knoxville and Farragut High School. A free shuttle is available at the Ag campus.

Phillip Fulmer Way will close to through traffic from Middle Drive to Tee Martin Drive three hours before kickoff.

New this season, Peyton Manning Pass will also close three hours before kickoff, which will create some changes for people parking in that area. C20 permit holders must arrive before the road closure to be able to park. Lot 9 and 9B permit holders will have to enter via Cumberland Avenue to Phillip Fulmer Way if arriving after the road closure.

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 here.

The latest information on campus construction can be found here, and more parking information is available here.

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