The annual University of Tennessee spring football game, the DISH Orange and White Game, will be played at Neyland Stadium on Sat., April 21 and will feature free admission for all fans as part of the Fan Appreciation Day initiative from UT Athletics. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m.
In addition to free admission to the game, Fan Appreciation Day will feature an autograph signing with head coach Derek Dooley, assistant coaches and Vol players. The signing, held in recent years at Haslam Field, will be held on the field at Neyland Stadium from 12:15-1:15 p.m.
For those attending the autograph signing, Gate 7 will open at Noon. Fans attending the game but not wishing to attend Fan Day can enter the stadium beginning at 1 p.m., during which time the first 2,500 fans entering through Gates 10 and 21 will also receive a 5x7 Tennessee Football mini-poster in an acrylic holder. Parking will also be free for fans attending the game.
Fans can also attend a "Meet Your Seats" event from 1 to 2 p.m. Check-in at gates 10 and 21 to be given a tour of available season ticket seating locations. Participating fans will also have a chance to win two (2) pre-game sideline passes for the Florida game as well as other items.
"A significant part of what makes Tennessee such a special place is the outstanding support of our passionate and loyal fans," said Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart. "We wanted to express our appreciation to our fan base in a tangible and visible manner. One element of that effort is to offer free admission to the 2012 DISH Orange and White Game. We are excited about our football team and the upcoming 2012 season, and we are looking forward to our spring game in Neyland Stadium on April 21."
In addition to the presentation of the football spring practice awards by Dooley to selected players, halftime will include a flag football game between two teams of Tennessee football lettermen.