It's homecoming week on the UT campus as the Vols welcome Tennessee Tech to Neyland Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m. with the game being televised on the SEC Network Alternate Channel. (Click here to find it!)
This year’s Homecoming theme is “Journey through 100 Years of Volunteers,” marking the 100th anniversary of UT’s Homecoming celebration.
Homecoming’s signature event, Party in the Park and the Rocky Top Tailgate, will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday in Circle Park. You can enjoy live entertainment, performances by the pep band and cheerleaders, door prizes, face painting, and balloon art. It's free to attend, but reservations are required for those who want to purchase the barbecue meal--- $12 per adult and $8 for kids 10 and under. For more information on the Party in the Park, visit alumni.utk.edu/homecoming.
Colleges and student organizations will host reunion activities throughout the weekend. For a list of all event details, including registration information, visit homecoming.utk.edu/events.
The traditional Vol Walk will start at 1:45 p.m. at Torchbearer Plaza on Volunteer Boulevard as the members of the football team proceed down Peyton Manning Pass to the stadium.
The Pride of the Southland Band will begin marching at 2:15 p.m. from the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center on Volunteer Boulevard to the Haslam Business Building, 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 Toyota Volunteer Village offers pregame festivities for fans of all ages beginning at 12:30 p.m.. Located in the Humanities Plaza, Volunteer Village features pregame appearances from Smokey, Junior Smokey, cheerleaders, and UT’s dance team.
UT has implemented a bag policy this 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 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.
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 Drive to Gate 10 is prohibited from four hours before kickoff until the game ends.
Federal and state law prohibit UT from participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for federal, state, or local office. Use of UT’s name, image, logos, nicknames, or other UT trademarks in conjunction with a political campaign implies association with the university and is prohibited.
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