Not wearing a mask in Neyland could get you kicked out of the game

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Fans at Neyland Stadium will be required to wear masks—even while sitting in their ticketed section—the UT Police Chief said Wednesday, adding officers will likely eject fans who do not comply.

Fans can remove their face covering while actively eating or drinking, Chief Troy Lane said.

Enforcement will take a “tiered-approach” beginning with ushers and unarmed security staff.

“If we get down to a point where people are absolutely refusing to acknowledge [the mask rule], than law enforcement will have to get involved,” Lane said. “At that point it would probably be to ask somebody to leave the stadium.”

Mask wearing is not be the only COVID-19 consideration causing change on Rocky Top this year. Among the other differences to football time in Tennessee: No Vol Walk, no running through the T, no band nor cheerleaders on the field.

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