UT welcomes fans to Akron game

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, welcomes fans to campus on Saturday, September 17 for the football game against the University of Akron. This is only the third time the Vols have hosted Akron and UT’s second home game of the season.

Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. EDT at Neyland Stadium. Doors open at 5 p.m. A digital-only broadcast will be available on ESPN+ and SEC Network+ (see details). Fans are encouraged to visit utsports.com/gameday/football or follow @UTGameday on Twitter for the latest updates on game information.

Digital tickets and parking passes

All parking tickets and cards will be digital and accessible via a mobile device. For quick and easy access, fans are encouraged to download the Tennessee Athletics app from the Apple App Store or Google Play and upload their tickets to their Apple Wallet or Google Pay before arriving on campus. Fans can find more tips in the UT Athletics digital ticketing guide.

Staff will scan mobile tickets and floor scanners will be located throughout the stadium at select gates. Staff wearing neon green shirts will be able to assist fans. Parking permits will be scanned by parking attendants.

Door reminders

Students will enter at Gates 4, 4a and 5 on the east side of Neyland Stadium.

Fans entering the stadium through Gate 21, Gate 10 and Truly’s tailgate will participate in a weapons detection system before scanning their ticket. Fans should have their mobile devices ready to scan, but they won’t have to take keys or wallets out of their pockets.

Match day activities

Fans can stop by Truly’s Tailgate for food and drinks starting at 3 p.m. Tickets will be required after 5 p.m.

The Toyota Volunteer Village located on Humanities Plaza is open from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Fans can enjoy food, games, music and giveaways.

For personal tailgates, fans will be allowed to bring a tent as large as 10ft by 10ft for their group. Tents must not block parking spaces or vehicular traffic in a parking area.

The fan-favorite Vol Walk will begin at 4:45 p.m., with the Pride of the Southland Band march scheduled for 5:20 p.m.

A light show at Neyland Stadium is scheduled for half-time after the performance by Pride of the Southland Band.

Game day parking and shuttles

The parking lots will open at 7 a.m. For more information, see the Parking and Transit Services football web page. The page includes information for fans who do not have a football parking permit, including downtown parking options.

Knox Area Transit game day shuttles to campus begin three hours before kickoff. Buses drop off and pick up at the Walters Academic Building near the Student Union. Shuttles from downtown Knoxville are $10 per person round trip and depart from the Civic Coliseum, Old Town, and Market Square. Shuttles from Farragut High School are $20 per person round trip. Additional shuttle information is available on the KAT website.

Match day safety measures

  • Fans may bring one unopened factory-sealed clear water bottle and one empty clear water bottle into the stadium per person.
  • Medical bag checkpoints will be at gates 14 and 21.
  • As required by the SEC, fans are permitted to bring to the stadium a clear plastic bag no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches or a one gallon resealable clear plastic storage bag. They will also be entitled to a small clutch purse no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. No other bags will be allowed inside the stadium. For more information, see the clear bag policy. Fans interested in purchasing an approved clear bag can visit the official team store at Neyland Stadium; VolShop locations in the Student Union, at the corner of Cumberland Avenue and 17th Street, and at University Commons; and other area retailers.
  • All items may be searched at the gates.
  • Fans can report suspicious activity by texting 865-974-1205 with their seat location (lobby, section, row, seat number) and the issue.
  • Smoking is prohibited at UT, including in private vehicles parked or operated on university property. The ban extends to all lit tobacco, e-cigarettes and other vaping devices.
  • Anyone attempting to enter the stadium with alcohol will be refused entry.
  • The same policies apply to fans seated in the student section of the stadium.
  • Unmanned aircraft systems are prohibited on university property beginning four hours before the scheduled kick-off time of a football game, during the game, and for two hours after the game ends .

Other Prohibited Items

  • Artificial noisemakers
  • Open umbrellas
  • Food, snacks and drinks outside
  • Radios without headphones
  • Video cameras, professional cameras and cameras with removable lenses
  • Stadium seats with armrests or side pockets
  • Selfie sticks
  • Weapons of any kind, including pocket knives

No objects can be stored or left at the doors. Supporters may bring the following items into the stadium, subject to door searches:

  • Cushions or seats without armrests or side pockets
  • Small cameras, binoculars and cell phones
  • Small Bags Containing Medically Necessary Items (Note: Diapers and non-medically necessary items for babies and young children should be carried in a clear bag.)


Lisa Leko (865-974-8698, [email protected])

Tom Satkowiak (865-974-7501, [email protected])

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