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Rocky Top Tip-Off Fri Oct 4 park in G10 garage

The first opportunity for fans to see the Vols and Lady Vols in action comes Friday night at Thompson-Boling Arena during the annual Rocky Top Tip-Off.

Here is what you need to know about the event:

5:30 p.m. – Doors open
6:00-7:00 p.m. – Autographs
7:05-8:00 p.m. – Activities on the court

It’s free

Admission and parking are both free for the Rocky Top Tip-Off. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to park in the G-10 garage on the east end of the arena. The G5/S30 lots located north of Phillip Fulmer Way will not be available.


Members of both teams will be available to sign autographs on court level from 6-7 p.m. Rick Barnes and Kellie Harper will meet and pose for photos with fans.

The basketball

The Vols and Lady Vols will be introduced starting at 7:05 p.m., then the teams will hold “controlled scrimmages” until the night concludes at 8 p.m.

Fans can win

Fans will have a chance to take part in on-court promotions and have a chance to win season tickets.


Fans and families can participate in a handful of events, including a prize wheel, kids’ corner activities and a photo booth with life-size cutouts of the players. The UT Spirit Squad, Smokey and members of the teams also will be mingling on the concourse as fans are arriving.