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Directions, Parking, and Arena Security Information

Directions

The Thompson Boling Arena is located on Phillip Fulmer Way on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Directions to the site are below.

From the South (Chattanooga):

I-75 North to I-40 East I-40 East to exit #386B, Rt 129 / Alcoa Highway / Airport Once on Alcoa Highway, get into second from right lane (right lane exits to Kingston Pike) Take Neyland Drive Exit Turn Left onto Neyland Drive Stay on Neyland Drive for appx 1 1/2 miles Turn Left onto Lake Loudon Blvd at the Arena.

From the West (Nashville):

I-40 East (Knoxville) At mile marker 385 follow Downtown/Local sign (left two lanes) Take exit #386B, Rt 129 / Alcoa Highway / Airport Once on Alcoa Highway, get into second from right lane (right lane exits to Kingston Pike) Take Neyland Drive Exit Turn Left onto Neyland Drive Stay on Neyland Drive for appx 1 1/2 miles (third traffic light) Turn Left onto Lake Loudon Blvd at the Arena.

From the East (Asheville, NC):

I-40 West (Knoxville) At mile marker 393 follow Downtown/Local Traffic Only sign (left two lanes) Take Exit #389 Broadway & Hall of Fame Drive Go Left (South) onto Hall of Fame Drive At 7th traffic light, turn right NOTE: As you make the right turn, steer into the left lane! If you make sharp right and get into right lane, this goes back to I-40! Merge onto Neyland Drive. appx. 1/5 mile ahead on the right is Neyland Football Stadium and a large Parking Garage. Thompson-Boling Arena is just after the parking garage.

From the North (Lexington, KY):

I-75 South to I-275 South I-275 to I-40 West (towards Nashville) I-40 West to exit #386B, Rt 129 / Alcoa Highway / Airport Once on Alcoa Highway, get into second from right lane (right lane exits to Kingston Pike) Take Neyland Drive Exit Turn Left onto Neyland Drive Stay on Neyland Drive for appx 1 1/2 miles (third traffic light) Turn Left onto Lake Loudon Blvd at the Arena.

From Tyson McGhee Airport:

Take Route 129 North. Once on Alcoa Highway, get into second from right lane (right lane exits to Kingston Pike) Take Neyland Drive Exit Turn Left onto Neyland Drive Stay on Neyland Drive for appx 1 1/2 miles Turn Left onto Lake Loudon Blvd at the Arena.

Parking Information

Thompson Boling Arena Campus Map. Free parking for the College of Communication and Information's Commencement Ceremony is available in the student parking areas at UT. Please avoid parking in staff parking areas. Parking Services Map

Arena Security

The arena’s large-event security protocol will be enforced at the ceremony. Guests may enter the arena with one clear plastic bag no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches.

The only other items ALLOWED in the arena are:

  • Small clutch purses no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches
  • Mobile phones
  • Binoculars, cameras, and video cameras (without cases)
  • Diapers and non-medically necessary items for babies and young children (must be carried in a clear bag)
  • Medically necessary items that must be carried in a specific bag, sized proportionately to its contents.
  • Umbrella strollers

 The following items are PROHIBITED inside the arena:

  • Non-clear bags of any size
  • Diaper bags
  • Backpacks (of any size)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Cans, bottles, coolers
  • Outside food, snacks, beverages
  • Open umbrellas
  • Selfie sticks
  • Unmanned aircraft
  • Large bags or parcels, including backpacks and purses
  • Weapons, including pocket knives
  • Hoverboards
  • Segways
  • Artificial noisemakers
  • Large travel strollers
  • Posters and signage

 Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is prohibited inside the arena at all times.

For more information on the security policy, contact the Thompson-Boling Arena management office at 865-974-0953.