UT offers free football tickets to hurricane evacuees

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — University of Tennessee Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer has invited families displaced by Hurricane Florence to the Tennessee Football game against UTEP on Saturday 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. "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."

Evacuees from the Carolinas under evacuation orders may claim tickets for themselves and their immediate family members at 8:30 a.m. ET Saturday at the marked tent inside Volunteer Village in Humanities Plaza on Volunteer Boulevard across from the Torchbearer Statue. Distribution will shut down at noon. The university said tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

A valid, state-issued ID for North Carolina and South Carolina is required to receive the complimentary ticket.

Chick-fil-A will also be donating 500 chicken biscuits for evacuees available at the ticket-claim tent.

More information about the tickets can be found here.

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