Keeping You Safe on Game Day

Knoxville (WVLT) - With Neyland Stadium considered the fifth largest city in the state of Tennessee on gameday, there are serious safety concerns on football Saturday. While specifics may change closer to game time, the main goal, to keep you safe, remains the same.

And to keep the length of security lines down, Volunteer TV's Allison Hunt tells us what you can and can't bring into Neyland Stadium.

When a football team like the Florida Gators come to town, fans should expect to wait a few extra minutes to get through the gates at Neyland Stadium.

"People just need to come early and just expect that there may be a little more of a line than they had in the past, but the security measures will pretty much stay in tact," UT police chief August Washington said.

About 300 officers from the UT Police Department, the Knoxville Police Department and the Knox County Sheriff's Department will be using what UT police call a comprehensive security plan.

"The plan is designed for safety in the stadium, but also with minimal disruption to enjoying the football game," Washington said.

When you head out to the game, here's a list of things you can bring into the stadium: Cushions and seats without arms, diaper bags (if you have a baby) and purses, small cameras, pagers, cell phones and binoculars.

Leave these items at home: Any alcoholic beverages, cans, bottles or coolers, radios without headphones, video cameras, open umbrellas, large bags (including backpacks) and weapons of any kind.

"Any type of things they need in the stadium for the most part able to be purchased through concessions," Washington said.

UT police, along with other agencies, have specific plans in place for each game of the season, covering everything from stadium security down to where the players eat dinner.

"We have officers located from the freeways to the highways to the streets surrounding the stadium to contiguous to the stadium to actually in the bowl itself," Washington said.

While there are no specific plans to improve security, officers are always evaluating to meet current needs.

"As they improve the stadium, we look at should we add more alarms, we've talked about in the future having more cameras in different places," Washington said.

Police suggest getting to the game at least two hours before kickoff. They also say to be prepared to be checked by metal detectors as well as getting patted down.