With the University of Tennessee football team kicking off fall camp tomorrow, many Vol fans are starting to make plans for the upcoming season. Today the University announced a few gameday changes to enhance the experience for fans.
Beginning with the Vols home opener on Sept. 5, the “Vol Walk” start time has been moved closer to kick-off to allow more fans the opportunity to experience the tradition and create more excitement closer to kick-off for fans and players. The “Vol Walk”, which will start one hour and 45 minutes before kick-off, will begin at the Torchbearer, the official symbol of the University, head down Peyton Manning Pass and continue on Phillip Fulmer Way to Gate 21A.
“The passion of the Tennessee fans is incredible. I want our players to be able to capitalize on that come game time. By moving the Vol Walk closer to kick-off, it will allow more of our fans to come out and support us and keep the players energy level up for kick-off, ” said Kiffin.
The band will commence their march upon completion of the Vol Walk. The band will change its route to accommodate traffic flow for fans entering campus closer to kick-off. Their march will begin at the entrance of the Joe Johnson-John Ward Pedestrian Mall, cross Volunteer, and head down Andy Holt for the traditional “Salute to the Hill” on Phillip Fulmer Way to enter the stadium at Gate 21A.
Both of these changes should alleviate some traffic congestion for fans trying to enter campus before the game.
The University is also creating “express entrances” at several major gates to allow fans who are not carrying bags to get through security faster and streamline the entrance process. More details will be released in the coming weeks.
Head Coach Lane Kiffin also announced a new addition to the team’s gameday traditions. This fall a former UT football player will lead the team in the General Neyland’s renowned maxims before each game.
“General Neyland’s maxims are a very special part of Tennessee football. I want our players to know what they’ve meant to those who played here before them. This is a great opportunity for them to understand the history and tradition and allow us to continue to connect with our former players,” said Kiffin.
The Vols begin fall camp on Tuesday, Aug. 3 with their home opener slated for Saturday, Sept. 5 versus Western Kentucky at 12:21 p.m. est with ESPN regional coverage. Season tickets and select individual game tickets are still available at www.uttix.com.