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Fans gather for Pat Summitt's Celebration of Life

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KNOXVILLE, TN (WRCB) -

A "Celebration of Life" event was held for legendary women's basketball coach Pat Summitt Thursday night in Knoxville.

Robin Roberts, from ABC News, served as emcee for the service.

Pat's son Tyler was the first to speak to the crowd, filled with fans, former players, family members, and celebrities, including Peyton Manning.

Tyler Summitt shared stories of his mother from throughout his childhood, remembering how she always made time (and dinner) for him despite her busy schedule.

Tyler says he hopes fans do more than just remember his mother, he hopes they carry on her legacy.

Current Lady Vols head coach Holly Warlick also spoke to the crowd, telling them stories about her friend and mentor Pat Summitt that sparked some laughter.

Warlick also led the crowd in singing Pat's favorite song with her one last time, "Rocky Top."

Peyton Manning also shared memories of his friend.

Channel 3's Greg Glover, Pauls Shahen, and Jill Jelnick are in Knoxville at the Celebration of Life. They'll have live team coverage tonight on Eyewitness News at 11.


Thursday night, fans of legendary Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt can honor her at a public "Celebration of Life" ceremony at Thompson-Boling Arena at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Admission is free, with the event set to begin at 7:00pm ET. A large crowd is expected, and seating will be first come, first served. Overflow seating will be provided with a live video feed of the event.

WRCBtv.com will stream the service live, and you can watch on Channel 3's 3.2, Antenna TV.

The ceremony is expected to last about 1 1/2 hours, but few details have been shared by the event's organizers.

Those attending are asked to be seated and silence their cell phones by 6:30pm so the program can begin promptly at 7:00pm.

Doors to the arena will open to the public at 5:30om ET and the general public may enter through Gates B, C, D & E with the usual ADA entrances also available. 

Due to construction on and around the UT campus, guests are encouraged to arrive early.
 
Thursday's Celebration of Life event is taking place in a UT athletic venue, and since it is not a sporting event, no signs will be permitted. 

UT reminds those attending that this is the Summitt family's public memorial for a loved one.

Additionally, no photography of any kind will be permitted during the event. The public may view the official event photos in a gallery on utsports.com following the service.
 
Live video streaming of any kind 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 utsports.com and patsummitt.org. The event is slated to be televised nationally on ESPN2 and SEC Network.
 
Parking for this event is free. All guests planning to park in the G-10 garage are encouraged to enter off of Neyland Drive. Also, the University of Tennessee will provide free shuttles from the Ag Campus off Neyland Drive to and from Thompson-Boling Arena. The shuttle will begin at 4:30 p.m. prior to the event and will run one-hour after. Shuttle pickup on the Ag Campus is located off Joe Johnson Drive. There will be shuttles offered that are fully accessible to those with disabilities.
 
In addition to G-10 and the Ag Campus, other lots available for public parking include: C-1 on Todd Helton Dr.; C-15 on Neyland Dr. across from UT Rowing; G-1 (McClung Garage); G-2 (McClung Garage); G5/30 @ Andy Holt Tower; G-11 (Lake Avenue Garage); G-12 (White Avenue Garage); G-13 (11th Street Garage); S22 Todd Helton Dr. & Volunteer Blvd.; S23 @ Music Building & Theater and S25 across from Aquatics Center.

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