UT football, Boomsday, Labor Day mean more police in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It is a wonderful weekend ahead for East Tennessee. The Labor Day holiday, football, and Boomsday! It's also going to be one of the busiest times of the year.

Two of the largest events for Knoxville, are happening this Labor Day weekend, and within a couple blocks of each other.

The Vols hit the field for the first game Saturday evening, and the fireworks hit the sky for Boomsday Sunday, but police are hitting the streets before anything begins.

Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen said, "We want everyone to have a good time at the ball game, at Boomsday and throughout the weekend."

With the three-day holiday weekend packed full of entertainment in downtown Knoxville, police are ready for hundreds of thousands of people.

Chief Owen, "Our special eyes Labor Day holiday weekend traffic enforcement effort, will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday September 3rd."

University of Tennessee Police Chief, Gloria Graham said, "What we primarily focus on is that we work well with the city. That any kind of needs the city of Knoxville needs, whether it be the Police or the city itself, we provide those things."

Both Knoxville Police and UTPD will have marked and un-marked officers at the game, around campus, downtown, and on Neyland Drive for Boomsday.

Chief Owen said, "We will aggressively enforce posted speed limits, while looking for motorists who are driving recklessly, or who are driving while impaired."

Traffic is an issue every year for police, not only do more drivers hit the roads, but some of those roads are closed for the game and Boomsday.

Chief Graham said, "Just make sure that we all meet back here on Tuesday." "And a good time is not having to visit with one of our officers," said Chief Owen.

The increased police officers on the roads, will last until Midnight Monday night.

For the game Saturday, as always there is no parking on campus, unless you have a parking pass.

You can park at the Civic Coliseum garages, and pay a fee to ride a KAT bus to the stadium.

But, soon after the game ends, roads will start closing for Boomsday preparations.

Here is all the road closures for Boomsday:
- The Henley Street Bridge will close at 12 a.m. Sunday, Sept 5. The bridge reopens at 6 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 6.

- The westbound lanes of Neyland Drive from Walnut to Lake Loudon Boulevard will close at 11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept 4 and will remain closed until 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 6.

- The eastbound lanes of Neyland Drive from Walnut to Lake Loudon Boulevard will close at 11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept 4 and will remain closed until 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 6.

- James White Parkway at Cumberland will close at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5 and will remain closed until 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 6.

- Access to Neyland Drive from Central Street will shut down at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept 5 and will remain closed until 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 6.

- Access to Neyland Drive from Hall of Fame Drive will shut down at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5 and will remain closed until 6 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 6.

- The Gay Street Bridge will close at 9 p.m. for pedestrian traffic and at 9:15 p.m. to vehicle traffic, which is 15 minutes before the fireworks show is expected to begin.


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