What you need to know: Vols vs. Gators

Smokey grey uniforms, Checker Neyland, and ESPN's College Gameday will be on campus.

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The Vols will welcome the Gators to Neyland Stadium on Saturday for the SEC East rivalry game that's been pretty lopsided these past few years, with Florida getting the best of Tennessee for the past 11 years.

Team 120 and the Big Orange faithful are hoping to change that this weekend.

Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. with the game being televised on CBS.

ESPN's College Gameday

ESPN's College Gameday will broadcast from The Hill in front of Ayres Hall from 9 a.m. until noon. Fans are invited to start gathering to join the show at 6 a.m.

Checker Neyland

For the third time, Vol fans will Checker Neyland with the Vol's  signature orange and white checkerboard endzone pattern on Saturday. Fans can go here to find out what color to wear to the game.

Gameday Activities

The traditional Vol Walk will start at 1:15 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 1:50 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 noon. Located in the Humanities Plaza, Volunteer Village features pregame appearances from Smokey, Junior Smokey, cheerleaders, and UT’s dance team.

The UT Institute of Agriculture will hold its annual Ag Day event on Saturday, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Brehm Animal Science Arena on the agriculture campus. Activities include live music, informational displays, live animals, an insect petting zoo, and a visit from Smokey.

The annual Tim Kerin Memorial Fund Drive will be held outside Neyland Stadium to benefit Knoxville’s Second Harvest Food Bank. Financial donations can be made at various locations around the stadium prior to the game. Kerin, the longtime head trainer at Tennessee, died in 1992. The fund drive to fight hunger in East Tennessee has been held in his honor ever since.

Honoring Pat Summitt

Fans will honor the late Pat Summitt by wearing eye-black stickers designed with the legendary Lady Vols basketball coach's iconic signature "P" to bring awareness to Alzheimer's disease. You can pick up the stickers early at stores like the Vol Shop. The stickers are $3.99 with $2 going to the Pat Summitt Foundation. 

Shake Neyland

Like Checker Neyland, Shake Neyland is a fan-drive effort to get everyone at the game to bring orange and white shakers to "demonstrate the power in the STORM OF ORANGE." Click here for more information.

Stadium Security

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.

Other stuff

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.

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.


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