Friday, July 08, 2016

Celebration of Life Service for Pat Summitt - July 14 at 7 p.m. - Televised on ESPN2 and SEC Network

A Celebration of Life service for Lady Vol Basketball Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt will take place at 7 p.m. ET on July 14 at the University of Tennessee's Thompson-Boling Arena. The public is invited, and admission is free.

Doors to the arena will open at 5:30 p.m. ET, and the general public may enter through Gates B, C, D and E with the usual ADA entrances also available. Attendees are asked to be seated and silence their cell phones by 6:30 p.m. ET so the program can begin promptly at 7.

We understand that those typically attending athletic events at Thompson-Boling Arena are accustomed to following guidelines that are standard for sporting events. While Thursday's Celebration of Life event is taking place in a UT athletic venue, it's important to remember that it is not a sporting event. It is the Summitt family's public memorial for a loved one.

In consideration of other guests, no signs will be allowed in the arena. Additionally, no photography of any kind will be permitted during the event. The public may view the official event photos in a gallery on following the service.

Live video streaming of any kind also will be prohibited inside Thompson-Boling Arena on the day of the service (no Periscope, Facebook Live, etc).

For those unable to attend, the service will be streamed live on and on The live stream page will be available July 14 on, and video of the event will be archived on afterward.

The service is slated to be televised nationally on ESPN2 and SEC Network, and several local TV stations throughout the state also are expected to carry the event.

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