Are you ready for some football? If you are from Knoxville or even from the surrounding areas, you know that no one takes football more seriously than the Tennessee Vols fans! University of Tennessee Football is a great way to spend an autumn day: enjoying the smell of charcoal grills, seeing the colorful leaves create a soft bed on the grass, and of course being in a sea of orange and cheering on your favorite football team. Go Vols!
Gameday Visitor Resources
Knoxville is a great location to experience the perfect "Game Day Weekend.” With lots of attractions, dining, accommodations, and entertainment options, Knoxville is a perfect place to enjoy a great weekend! For more information on Knoxville, visit www.knoxville.org/stay.
Knoxville offers a wide variety of options for those looking to enjoy a delicious meal while in town. From mom & pops, proud traditions and sweet secrets - Knoxville has a culinary flavor for every palate! For more restaurants, visit www.knoxville.org/dine.
Gameday Favorites include:
Calhoun's on the River
Downtown Grill & Brewery
Ye Olde Steak House
"The Strip" - This strip of restaurants, bars and shops along Cumberland Avenue is within walking distance of Neyland Stadium. From sit down restaurants to fast food options and an eclectic mix of nightlife, "The Strip" is always bustling before and after UT games!
Game day parking for all lots surrounding Neyland Stadium are reserved for pass holders; however, downtown provides numerous off-campus parking opportunities.
Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) buses transport fans to and from the Civic Coliseum, Old City and Market Square area of downtown at a round-trip cost of $6 per person starting three hours before kickoff. Eight buses run from Farragut High School off Campbell Station Road to Neyland Stadium at a round-trip cost of $16 per person starting three hours before kickoff. A free shuttle is available from the Ag Campus.
RV parking is available at the Ag Campus for $250 per game. Call (865) 974-1218. RV parking on the main campus is prohibited without a permit. RV parking is available at the Civic Coliseum and the Blackstock Street lot, located behind the Foundry at the North World's Fair area. The cost is $25 per day, with room for approximately 100 RVs and hookups for 20. Security is provided at the Coliseum site beginning Friday after 3 p.m. KAT Shuttle service to Neyland Stadium is available.
For additional information, please visit the University of Tennessee's Parking Page, click here.
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What to do on Football Game Day Weekend
Fans travel throughout the entire southeastern United States to take part in Tennessee game day activities. Few places combine football and boating like Knoxville, where it's possible to dock on the Tennessee River and walk into Neyland Stadium to watch the Big Orange. With more than 100,000 seats, the stadium noise on a Saturday night can be incredible.
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Game Day Activities & Traditions
Traditions are taken seriously in Big Orange Country, and football weekends are rich with traditions and pride. Football weekends kick off on Thursday evening with the arrival of the Vol Navy. The University of Tennessee’s football stadium, Neyland Stadium, sits on the northern bank of the Tennessee River. Approximately, 200 boats of all shapes and sizes make up this floating tailgate party on the river.
Game day brings lots of fun and excitement. The football atmosphere, as is the case at many colleges begins well before kickoff. UT Traditions include:
The Vol Walk -- the football team's walk to Neyland Stadium -- begins 2 hours and 15 minutes before kickoff at the Torchbearer statue in Circle Park on Volunteer Drive. It continues down Peyton Manning Pass before turning left on Phillip Fulmer Way and into the stadium through Gate 21A.
The Pride of the Southland Band makes its way the stadium beginning 1 hour and 40 minutes before kickoff. The band marches up Volunteer Boulevard to Andy Holt Avenue and then onto Phillip Fulmer Way, stopping along the way to "Salute the Hill" before marching into the stadium through Gate 21.
Kickoff Call-In Show
The Vol Network's Kickoff Call-In Show, hosted by Bob Kesling and Tim Priest, begins 90 minutes before kickoff and airs on the Vol Radio Network. To participate, fans can dial 1-800-688-8657, and Tennessee Verizon Wireless customers can call free at *TENN. The Kickoff Call-In Show broadcasts live from the Gate 21 Plaza at the northwest corner of Phillip Fulmer Way and Andy Holt Boulevard.
Open 3 1/2 hours before all home football games, Toyota Volunteer Village hosts pregame festivities for fans of all ages, including interactive inflatable games, live bands and WNML radio's "Game Day All Day."
Located in the Humanities Plaza, Toyota Volunteer Village features pregame appearances from Smokey, Junior Smokey, cheerleaders and dance team. It's also a great place to watch the team make its way down Volunteer Blvd., to Neyland Stadium during the Vol Walk.
Tennessee Park is the ultimate corporate hospitality experience. Hosted near Volunteer Village in Humanities Plaza, the premium ticket package includes 50 tickets, 10 parking passes, a 30-by-40-foot tent, fully catered meal and Game Day programs. Larger and smaller packages are also available. For more information, call the Vol Network at (865) 212-3570.
Faculty Pregame Showcase
Hosted in the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center ballroom two hours before kickoff, the Pregame Showcase is a free, 30-minute presentation by all-star faculty from UT's College of Arts and Sciences on topics related to their field of expertise, followed by a 10- to 15-minute question-and-answer period. The carefully timed programs allow football fans to have plenty of time to enjoy the lecture and still get to the stadium by kickoff.
Showcases are free, open to the public and consist of a 30-minute presentation by a faculty member followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session. Light refreshments are provided.
For more information, including a schedule of programs, please visit the UT’s Pregame Showcase homepage.
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