Pre-game planning can make UT game day safe, headache-free

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Pre-planning your game day route will be key on Saturday if you want to prevent headaches and stay safe.

Knoxville Police and the Tennessee Department of Transportation have announced traffic changes to downtown Knoxville for the UT home opener.

It's finally time to head to Neyland Stadium, but as you do, prepare for things to be a little different.

Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen says, "Plan on getting there a little early, and plan staying a little later and it will make your life a lot less complicated."

Here are the changes to ease game day traffic Saturday:

Eastbound I-40 motorists that used Hall of Fame Drive last year to reach the interstate will now stay on the newly-reopened James White Parkway.

I-40 eastbound and westbound motorists leaving Knoxville Civic Coliseum parking garages will access James White Parkway from Honor Our Troops Drive near the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

There will be no access to Hall of Fame Drive from northbound Neyland Drive.

All eastbound traffic on Kingston Pike will be directed onto southbound Aloca Highway at Neyland Drive.

TDOT says beginning Friday afternoon an additional lane of I-40 traffic will be open between Cherry Street and Hall of Fame Drive.

TDOT spokesman Travis Brickey says, "We've tried to sign it as best we can, we've have additional, we have the overhead signs helping with game day traffic."

KPD’s best advice is to slow down, watch for officers and be patient.

Chief Owen says, "We want everybody to have a good time, but we want them to have a good time, safely and root real hard for the UT Volunteers."

You can't park on campus without a permit.

Don't park on Neyland Drive. If you do, your car will be towed.

Parking garages at the Civic Coliseum will be open, and shuttles will take fans to and from Neyland Stadium.

You can also find free parking at the State Street and Market Square garages.

Remember, there’s no smoking allowed inside the stadium.

No one who leaves the stadium will be readmitted.

Also, you can't bring alcoholic beverages, radios without headphones, open umbrellas, video cameras, stadium seats with arms, large bags, or weapons of any kind into the stadium.

and u-t has installed several security cameras around campus in an effort to step up your safety while attending the game.

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