UT Home Opener Traffic Control Plans Announced

Communications Director

Kristin Farley
(865) 215-2589

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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UT Home Opener Traffic Control Plans Announced

Posted: 09/10/2008
Knoxville Police Department Chief Sterling Owen announced traffic control plans for the first home football game for the University of Tennessee. Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

Chief Owen said fans planning to attend the game should preplan their route to and from Neyland Stadium. The plans should also include information on where to park. Parking on the UT campus will be restricted to visitors with parking permits only. No parking zones along Neyland drive will be strictly enforced with violators being towed.

A popular parking location will again be available for fans attending the game. Parking garages at the Civic Coliseum will be open for football game day parking. Shuttle buses will be available to take fans to Neyland Stadium prior to the game as well as providing a return trip to the coliseum after the game.

Chief Owen said, "The best advice to fans who will be attending the game is to arrive early and plan on staying late." 

The most significant change to the post-game traffic pattern will occur on the James White Parkway. East bound I-40 motorists that utilized the Hall of Fame Drive last year to reach the interstate will now stay on the newly reopened JWP. I-40 east and west bound motorists leaving the Civic Coliseum parking garages will need to access the JWP from Honor Our Troops Drive near the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. After the game, access to Hall of Fame Drive will be prohibited from north bound Neyland Drive. Additionally, all post-game eastbound traffic on Kingston Pike will be directed onto southbound Alcoa Highway at Neyland Drive. This traffic change will help alleviate the extensive gridlock along Cumberland Avenue.

Chief Owen said, "We ask that all motorists slow down and pay close attention to pedestrians as well as our officers who will be directing traffic throughout the university and downtown areas."