The Tennessee Vols football program is making a classy gesture to those who are in the path of Hurricane Florence. On Wednesday, Sept. 12, Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer announced that any family displaced by Hurricane Florence due to an eviction or safety precautions can attend Saturday’s game against UTEP free of charge.
“Our hearts go out to all the families whose lives have been impacted by the hurricanes and tropical storms along the Atlantic coast,” Fulmer said in a statement released by the university.
“One of our four pillars is warmth, and we feel this is an appropriate way to bring that to life. Certainly, a football game is relatively insignificant in comparison to the realities these evacuees are facing. But if we can provide just a few hours of distraction and normalcy for these families, I believe we should do all we can to make that possible for them.”
A number of states and counties are under mandatory evacuation orders as the East Coast prepares for Hurricane Florance to make landfall. To be eligible to land the free tickets, this is what you have to do, according to the school:
Residents of North Carolina and South Carolina counties under evacuation orders may claim tickets for themselves and their immediate families beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the marked tent centrally located inside of Toyota Volunteer Village near the DJ. Toyota Volunteer Village is located in Humanities Plaza on Volunteer Boulevard across from the Torchbearer Statue. Additional signage will be in place to help direct fans unfamiliar with campus. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. A valid, state-issued ID for North Carolina or South Carolina is required to receive a complimentary ticket. Ticket distribution will close at noon.
Along with the free tickets for evacuees, Chick-fil-A, a Vols football sponsor, is donating 500 chicken biscuit sandwiches for evacuees. The final promotion comes in a partnership with Walmart, with 25 military families reunited in front of a big crowd.
Kickoff between the Vols and Miners at Neyland Stadium is set for noon ET on the SECN Network.