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September 20, 2014

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Best Place to Tailgate for a UT Football Game?


We all know that UT football shuts this town down. Saturday’s in the Fall have been intertwined in our local culture for decades. For those that like to celebrate with their fellow orange and whiter’s…

Where is the best place to tailgate for a UT football game?

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  • Knox Animal

    I’ve always tailgated in the University Center parking garage. I use that as my home base, then travel to the big parking lot in front of the stadium….

    • Paulina

      hey so can anyone tailgate?

      • CP


  • http://Word JoeFiz

    Circle park

  • Leslie Bowden

    @Knox Animal. Me too, the UC garage is the perfect perch to see what is going on down below and watch the band enter the stadium.

  • Knox Animal

    @Leslie Bow­den: Couldn’t agree more. It has been my place for the last five years or so… All this tailgating talk is getting me pumped for tomorrow…

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  • Kmac

    Circle Park – it’s close to the stadium and you have plenty of room to set up and play cornhole, etc.


    im a huge ut fan. coming to knoxville for the au game with another au couple. is this the best place? it sounds really good. ive never really experienced tailgating at ut. ive been to some games but not a late one, to tailgate all day. can you drink? is it public no permit needed? when is a good time to get there? need info any info will be helpful. please email me at thank you!

  • Knox Animal

    @KEVIN M MOSIER: While techically you aren’t allowed to drink since it is a dry campus, as long as you don’t bother anybody, the police won’t bother you. Keep your drinks in solo cups and you will be golden. Get there early for sure – the earlier you get there, the better spot you get…

  • JoanWilson

    Calhoun’s on the River is a great place to tailgate if you can get a parking space.

  • Heather

    How do you get a spot for tailgating? We would like to tailgate in a spot close to the stadium, but we’re not sure how it all works since we’ve never done it before. Circle Park would be ideal, since I believe those parking lots are reserved for Alumni, but how do you reserve a spot?

  • CP

    Heather, give someone a call at the UT Tix office:

    Since my family donates every year we earn points in their system. Thus, we can use those points to choose a parking lot. However, you still have to pay for the pass. Good luck!

  • Heather

    @CP I called them and she told me there were only 3 spots on campus that I could tailgate and they’re all like a mile away. How is everyone able to tailgate so close to campus? The closest I have found is Calhoun’s, but I wish we could watch the Vol walk. Some of my family has never been to a game or a tailgate, so I’d like to show them the whole experience.

  • pete

    i’ve never experiencetailgating and new in town.where wuold be a good area to tailgate? is there a fee?how early would i have to be?any info would there a n area to set up shop at for free?thanks.



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