Backpacks prohibited in Neyland Stadium

Backpacks prohibited in Neyland Stadium, holiday traffic patterns announced

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"We're not going to let [backpacks] into the stadium, so please don't bring them. We're not going to provide a place to store them at the gate," said UT Police Chief Troy Lane. "We're not going to let [backpacks] into the stadium, so please don't bring them. We're not going to provide a place to store them at the gate," said UT Police Chief Troy Lane.
"We will have all of our officers who are working traffic posts, all of the folks working parking garages, everyone that's part of this event will be reminding you not to bring backpacks into Neyland Stadium," said KPD Chief David Rausch. "We will have all of our officers who are working traffic posts, all of the folks working parking garages, everyone that's part of this event will be reminding you not to bring backpacks into Neyland Stadium," said KPD Chief David Rausch.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Backpacks will no longer be allowed inside Neyland Stadium as a part of new stadium security measures.

The new security measures were announced Tuesday afternoon at a joint press conference with the University of Tennessee Police Department and the Knoxville Police Department.

"We're not going to let these prohibited items into the stadium, so please don't bring them. We're not going to provide a place to store them at the gate," said UT Police Chief Troy Lane.

All items will be subject to search at the gates, and purses or other bags larger than 12 inches by 12 inches by 12 inches will not be allowed inside.

A number of other items will also be prohibited inside the stadium.

  • alcoholic beverages, cans, bottles or coolers
  • radios without headphones
  • open umbrellas
  • video cameras
  • stadium seats with arms
  • weapons of any kind, including pocket knives

No items can be left or stored at stadium gates. Fans can bring the following items inside the stadium, provided they meet the size requirement:

  • cushions and seats without arms
  • small diaper bags that accompany infants
  • small cameras, pagers, cell phones and binoculars

"We will have all of our officers who are working traffic posts, all of the folks working parking garages, everyone that's part of this event will be reminding you not to bring backpacks into Neyland Stadium," said KPD Chief David Rausch.

Traffic pattern changes and holiday enforcement

A number of traffic pattern changes and holiday traffic enforcement measures were also announced at the press conference ahead of game day, the Labor Day holiday weekend, and the annual Boomsday fireworks event.

Parking on the UT campus will be prohibited during the game except for those who have permits.

No parking will be allowed on Neyland Drive. UT encourages others to use shuttle buses from the Old City, the Knoxville Civic Coliseum and the Market Square area of downtown Knoxville and Farragut High School in West Knoxville.

Ahead of Boomsday, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 1, east and westbound lanes of Neyland Drive will be closed from Walnut St. to Lake Loudon Blvd from midnight Saturday to 6 a.m. Monday.

The Gay Street Bridge will close to vehicles and pedestrians 30 minutes before Boomsday begins.

There will be no access from Hill Avenue to Summit Hill Drive from State Street.

KPD will also be conducting holiday traffic enforcement on interstate and major artery routes from Friday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 2.

Officers will be on the lookout for those speeding, driving recklessly, or driving while impaired.

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