UT welcomes fans to Homecoming game


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, welcomes fans to campus Saturday, October 22 for the homecoming football game against the University of Tennessee at Martin. The 2022 homecoming theme is Tribute to Smokey to honor Smokey X for his service to the university and the addition of Smokey XI.

Kick-off is scheduled for noon EDT at Neyland Stadium. Doors open at 10 a.m. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network. Fans are encouraged to visit utsports.com/gameday/football for the latest updates on game information. This is the second time the Vols have faced UT Martin. The Skyhawks last visited Neyland Stadium in 2010.

Homecoming Events

There are dozens of homecoming activities on campus before the game, including the Little Vol March and Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 21. The parade begins at 4 p.m. on Volunteer Boulevard across from LaPorte Athletics Stadium. It will head north, passing through Circle Park, and will end passing the Joe Johnson and John Ward pedestrian mall.

The parade includes Grand Marshals Drew and Ellie Holcomb. The married singer-songwriters met while studying at UT. The Holcombs will also join fans Saturday at the Tennessee Tailgate outside 21st Mortgage Plaza next to the Student Union three hours before kickoff.

Match day schedule

Campus parking lots will open at 7 a.m. on Saturday. For more information, including downtown parking options for fans without a football parking permit, visit the Football Parking and Transit Services webpage.

Knox Area Transit game day shuttles to campus begin three hours before kickoff. Find routes and pricing information on the KAT website.

Fans are invited to Truly’s Tailgate for food and drinks beginning at 9 a.m. Tickets will be required after 10 a.m.

The Toyota Volunteer Village located at Humanities Plaza opens at 8:30 a.m. with food, games, music and more. Fans are welcome to stay for watch party and cheer on the Vols throughout the game. No ticket is required.

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 Vol Walk will begin at 9.45am, with the Pride of the Southland Band March scheduled for 10.20am.

Digital ticket and gate reminders

All parking tickets and passes are digital and accessible via a mobile device. 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 with questions about digital tickets should consult 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.

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 safety measures

  • Fans are not allowed on the playing surface at any time.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • For more information, see the clear bag policy.
  • 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.)


Maggie Palmer (865-974-3993, [email protected])

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


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