Vols face Appalachian State in season opener

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The University of Tennessee Vols football team takes on Appalachian State Thursday night in their season opener.

Because the game is on Thursday, it means several changes to traffic and parking. There are also changes this year to the bag policy.

The SEC Network is broadcasting the game starting at 6:30 p.m., preceded by an hour-long pregame show.

Gameday activities: 

The traditional Vol Walk starts at 5:15 p.m. at Torchbearer Plaza. Members of the football team will proceed down Peyton Manning Pass to the stadium. The Pride of the Southland Band will march at 5:50 p.m. from the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center on Volunteer Boulevard to the Haslam Business Building, then make a right turn on the pedestrian bridge connecting Volunteer Boulevard to the Hill. The band then circles down the slope to Phillip Fulmer Way, performs a musical salute to the Hill and enters the stadium from the north.

Volunteer Village opens at 4 p.m. in Humanities Plaza, offering festivities for fans of all ages, including appearances from Smokey, Junior Smokey, cheerleaders and the UT dance team.

Before the game:

University of Tennessee Athletics is heightening security at their athletics events. Fans are only allowed to bring one clear bag, no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches, or a one gallon clear resealable plastic storage bag per person at athletic venues, including Neyland Stadium. A small clutch purse, smaller than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches is also allowed.

No other bags will be allowed inside. All items, including clear bags and clutch purses, are subject to search at the gates.

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

No items can be left or stored at the gates. Fans can bring the following items inside athletic venues, provided they meet the size requirement:

  • Cushions or seats without arms or pockets
  • Small bags with medically necessary items, subject to search (Note: Diapers and nonmedically necessary items for babies and young children must be carried in a clear bag.)
  • Small cameras, cell phones and binoculars

For more information, see the clear bag and prohibited items policy.


The City of Knoxville is recommends using city garages downtown for parking. Click here for a map of public parking garages and tips from the city of Knoxville on the best routes to get to the game.

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