There's a lot to look forward to in Tennessee's final home game this weekend. The Vols are looking forward to getting back to dominating Vandy; we'll say goodbye to 28 Tennessee seniors who've been through so much in their college careers; the smokey gray uniforms will be back!
The Vanderbilt Commodores will head down I-40 from Nashville for the annual in-state rivalry game that's traditionally been dominated by the team in orange. Tennessee has won 28 of the last 30 meetings between the two schools, except the last one. Vandy embarrassed Tennessee last year 41-18, in what was former coach Derek Dooley's last game.
Coach Butch Jones announced Tuesday night that the seniors voted to wear the new smokey gray uniforms on Saturday, which debuted in this year's Georgia game.
Kickoff is set for 7 pm. Gates to Neyland Stadium open at 5 pm. Tickets are still available here. ESPN2 will televise the game. T
Here's what you need to know if you are heading to campus on Saturday:
What is allowed, and what isn't
Backpacks are prohibited in Neyland Stadium. Purses or other bags larger than 12 inches by 12 inches by 12 inches cannot be brought into the stadium.
These items also are prohibited:
• alcoholic beverages, cans, bottles or coolers
• radios without headphones
• open umbrellas
• video cameras
• stadium seats with arms
• weapons of any kind, including pocket knives
Nothing can be left or stored at stadium gates. 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
• small cameras, pagers, cell phones and binoculars
Saturday is Senior Day, when seniors on the football team will be honored for their contributions as student-athletes. The seniors will run through the "T" and join their families on the field for special recognition prior to kickoff. These seniors will be honored: Joseph Ayres, Austin Bolen, Brent Brewer, Alex Bullard, J.R. Carr, Tyler Coombes, Raiques Crump, Tyler Drummer, Zach Fulton, Gregory Grieco, Daniel Hood, Ja'Wuan James, Reggie Juin, Greg King, Daniel McCullers, Corey Miller, Byron Moore, Rajion Neal, Tyler Page, Michael Palardy, Brett Parisi, John Propst, Dontavis Sapp, Jacques Smith, James Stone, Dakota Summers, Marlon Walls, and Dylan West.
The traditional Vol Walk will start at 4:45 p.m. on Volunteer Boulevat. near Circle Park, as the members of the football team proceed down Volunteer Boulevard and then continue down Peyton Manning Pass to the stadium.
The Pride of the Southland Band will begin marching at 5:20 p.m. from their new home at the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center on Volunteer Boulevard and follow the same path as the Vol Walk.
Fans of legendary Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt can visit the new plaza dedicated in her honor this week. The Pat Summitt Plaza is located at the corner of Lake Loudoun Boulevard and Phillip Fulmer Way. For more information, visit http://www.patsummittplaza.com.
Parking and Traffic
Due to campus construction, fans are encouraged to arrive early. For complete information on game day parking, stadium regulations and activities, go here.
Only fans with permits can park on campus. UT encourages others to use shuttle buses from the Old City, the Knoxville Civic Coliseum and the Market Square area of downtown Knoxville, and Farragut High School in west Knoxville. Many area hotels also offer shuttle service to the game.
Fans are encouraged to follow @UTGameday on Twitter for the latest updates on traffic, weather, gate information and game day events such as the Vol Walk and band march.