Welcome to beautiful Knoxville, Tennessee Tiger Fans! We are thrilled to have you join us for the University of Tennessee vs. Missouri game and hope you enjoy your weekend in our city. Tennessee Volunteer fans take football seriously and a Game Day in Knoxville is the perfect way to spend a beautiful fall weekend.
From tailgating with family and friends to participating in all of the pre-game activities, Missouri fans are sure to have a memorable Game Day experience.
When you arrive in Knoxville, some great stops for Game Day weekend include activities along the Tennessee River and throughout downtown. From outdoor activities to arts, history, and entertainment there’s plenty to do and see in our city.
Kick-off your visit with a trip to the Knoxville Visitor Center, located in downtown Knoxville.
Find a unique gift to remember your trip at the Uniquely Knoxville Gift Shop or grab
information from the visitor’s desk to help you explore the city.
Head one block over to explore the Market Square District, a central hub in downtown Knoxville filled with shops, restaurants, and nightlife options. Pick up locally made arts and crafts at the Market Square Farmers Market on Saturdays or stop in to one of the locally-owned boutiques. Grab a bite to eat at some of Knoxville’s favorite restaurants including the Tomato Head, Café 4 or the newly opened Tupelo Honey. Walk over to Gay Street and stop in to one of the many art galleries to see some of East Tennessee’s best artwork by local artists.
Savor a delicious meal from Knoxville favorite, Calhoun’s on the River. Order delicious
barbecue and grab a cold micro-brewed beer while taking in the sights of the Vol Navy on the Tennessee River.
Take in the Knoxville scenery along the Tennessee River aboard the Star of Knoxville Riverboat and the Volunteer Princess Luxury Yacht. Head down the river and experience life on the water as you encounter beautiful landscapes and fall foliage on two of Knoxville’s favorite boats.
Want to experience all of Knoxville’s outdoor adventures? Make your way to the Outdoor
Knoxville Adventure Center. Located at Volunteer Landing, this newly opened outdoor location features all the information you need to explore Knoxville’s parks, greenways and wilderness options. Rent a bike from River Sports Outfitters, located on the first floor of the center, and explore more than 65 miles of greenway loops and trails in the city.
University of Tennessee Game Day Traditions
Once you arrive on campus you will find yourself surrounded in a sea of orange. Thousands upon thousands of Tennessee Fans come from across the Southeast to participate in game day activities, arriving by car, plane and even boat! The University of Tennessee combines football and boating unlike any other location in the SEC Conference, with access to boating docks across the road from Neyland Stadium along the Tennessee River. Enjoy a sneak peak of a Knoxville Game Day here!
One tradition not to miss is the arrival of the Vol Navy. Directly across from Neyland Stadium, the Tennessee River fills with approximately 200 boats and forms a floating tailgate party on the river. Take a stroll through Volunteer Landing to see this game day tradition.
Tailgating starts early in Knoxville, with University of Tennessee and visiting team fans
heading to campus to enjoy all the game day activities. Choose the perfect location to set
up your tailgate, with options on campus, around Volunteer Landing, or in the Fort Sanders
neighborhood. Make sure to grab a spot early!
Many University of Tennessee fans will make their way towards Volunteer Village to take
part in activities enjoyable for both adults and children. Activities include live entertainment,
inflatables, and appearances by UT’s mascot Smokey, UT’s Dance Team, Cheerleaders, and the Pride of the Southland Marching Band.
Two hours before the game, fans can cheer on the University of Tennessee football team as they make their way to the stadium during the Vol Walk. The walk starts at Circle Park on campus and continues down Peyton Manning Pass before reaching the stadium.
After the Vol Walk, the Pride of the Southland Marching Band marches towards the stadium while performing some of the University’s signature songs. Once the band has made its way into Neyland Stadium, fans can stay and listen to the Kick-off Call In Show hosted by Bob Kesling, Tim Priest, and Mike Stowell.
Once you arrive at your seat, be prepared for a stadium filled with more than 100,000 cheering fans in a sea of orange. Get settled in your seat and watch the football team charge the field by running through the “T” formed by the Pride of the Southland Marching Band, a tradition since 1965.
Once the game begins, sit back and get ready for one of the best experiences in college football because “It’s Football Time in Tennessee!”