No backpacks in Neyland this year

Police say they are ready for a busy weekend and have announced plans that include changes to what you can bring into Neyland stadium this year.

Police have a news conference on their holiday enforcement plan for Knoxville during the Labor Day Holiday in 2013. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Police say they are ready for a busy weekend and have announced plans that include changes to what you can bring into Neyland stadium this year.

Police say there will be no storage of personal items at the gates, so if you bring one of the prohibited items you'll have to take it back to your car or throw it away.

You can't bring in:
Backpacks (of any size)
Alcoholic beverages
Cans, bottles, coolers
Outside food, snacks, beverages
Radios without headsets
Open umbrellas
Video cameras
Stadium seats with arms
Large bags or parcels, including backpacks and larger purses
Weapons, including pocket knives
Artificial noisemakers
Smoking is prohibited in Neyland Stadium at all times
Bag sizes greater than 12x12x12 (except for medical or diaper bags, which will be searched)
Strollers

"I've had personal experience with prohibited items trying to come into the stadium and the consequences," said Chief Troy Lane with UT Police. "I don't want to see that happen here. I want everbody to have a good time."

Lane says his department will work closely with Knoxville Police to keep everyone safe. They'll be watching everyone and ask for you to do the same.

"We're going to be very vigilant in what we do. Pay attention to everything that goes on around us, and use our training," said Chief David Rausch of Knoxville Police. "We saw what happened in Boston quite honestly and all that damage it was two backpacks. So the last thing we want is something similar to that."

On Boomsday Knoxville Police say several streets will be closed to help with traffic. Find more information on street closures and where to park on the website.


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