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Need to Know: Garth Brooks at Neyland Stadium

Planning to visit Knoxville for the Garth Brooks concert? Here's what you need to know about parking, shuttles, and security.

Garth Brooks will be rocking Knoxville's Neyland Stadium on Nov. 16!

Up to 85,000 fans are expected at the show, and there are still tickets available. In addition to all of Brooks' East Tennessee fans, the faithful are coming from all 50 states and 11 countries.

It will be the first concert at the home of the Vols in 16 years, and only the third ever inside the massive stadium, and it will happen rain or shine (or cold!)

Here's what you need to know about the concert.

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Tickets are $94.95 and available here. The show starts at 7 p.m. with opening act Jon Pardi. Gates open at 5 p.m.

Pre-concert festivities

Fans are encouraged to arrive early and tailgate or attend the "Low Places" pre-concert festival at Humanities Plaza. From 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., there will food trucks, beverages, music and football on Humanities Plaza on the UT campus, located at 1115 Volunteer Boulevard. There will be merchandise stands there for people to buy Garth Brooks memorabilia ahead of the show.

Food and beverages will also be available at the UT student union.

Parking and shuttles

Parking on campus will be by permit only. On-campus parking is currently sold out and will not be available on the day of the concert. If you pre-purchased parking, you must have your hangtag to enter your garage or lot.

Most of the City of Knoxville's downtown parking garages will be free. Fans can park there, enjoy downtown, then take the 20-minute walk to the stadium.

Other city garages and lots charge $10 to $20 per vehicle.

The price for the following metered locations is $25 per space all day on Nov. 16: Lake Avenue, White Avenue, 16th Street, 19th Street, Clinch Avenue, Locust Street and West Hill Avenue.

Like on game days, Uber and Lyft will be picking up and dropping off at "The Hill" off Circle Drive near Cumberland Avenue. 

There will also be free shuttle buses available from downtown's Krutch Park, running continuously from 2 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. 

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Some local hotels will have shuttle buses (check with the front desk).

Knox Area Transit (KAT) has created Passenger Playbooks – special color-coded cheat sheets to get to and from the stadium using five key routes. The playbooks detail travel time, where to catch the bus along the route, the cost and how to get back after the concert. Buses will be running a special late service to accommodate all passengers. Get all the details by calling 865-637-3000 or go here for details.

Rocky Top Tours will also offer buses from Foothills Mall in Maryville for $15 per person. You can get info here.

E-scooters will not be operable on the day of the concert, but you can ride a Pace boke to the show. You can use promo code GARTHBIKES in the Pace app for a $10 discount on the night of the show.

Uber and Lyft will operate on the same plan they do on UT football game days with designated drop off and pick up locations. The app will direct you there.

Alcohol at Neyland Stadium

Beer will be sold at concession stands and kiosks in Neyland Stadium. We haven't heard of specific pricing for the concert, but at football games, beers are $12 and $13 dollars. Everyone must have a valid photo ID to purchase beer, and there's a limit of two drinks per person at a time. Each beer will be poured into a clear plastic cup and the university advises fans to be patient while waiting in line.

Stadium Security and clear bag policy

UT implemented a bag policy a couple of seasons ago that fans should be prepared for.

Only one clear plastic bag, no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 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.

Smoking is prohibited at UT, including within private vehicles parked or operated on university property. The prohibition extends to any lighted tobacco, electronic cigarettes, or other vape devices.

Other prohibited items:

  • Outside alcoholic beverages, cans, bottles and coolers
  • Outside food and snacks
  • 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
  • Drones

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
  • One empty, clear plastic water bottle
  • Blankets, but you will be subject to a pat-down and search if you bring one
  • Get more info on what's allowed in Neyland Stadium here.

You can get more details on the concert and other things to do in Knoxville here.

The Knoxville Police Department said its security for the concert will be similar to that of a UT football game. 

KPD will have approximately 60 officers deployed inside and around the stadium. That number does not include the number of Knox County Sheriff's Office and UT Police officers that will also provide officers in those locations.

KPD said it also will have an additional 55 officers handling traffic direction and control. UTPD and KCSO will also supply officers to assist, KPD said.

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