Vanderbilt began playing football in 1890, and saw a good deal of early success, including two national championships and 11 conference championships in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Vanderbilt was at the height of its success when it helped found the SEC. Unfortunately the Commodores would never win another conference title, and would begin a steady decline that, other than a few highlights in the 1970's and '80s, would continue through to today. This hasn't kept Vandy from sending some terrific players to the NFL, including Jay Cutler, Hunter Hillenmeyer, and Todd Yoder. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Vanderbilt Commodores football tickets.
2015 Vanderbilt Season Preview
After 2 consecutive 9 win seasons, and 3 consecutive trips to a bowl game, the energy around the Vanderbilt Commodores football team is as high as it has been in a decade. 2014 will be an important year for the Commodores, as it marks the first year of head coach Derek Mason’s tenure at Vandy. He brings with him a new 3-4 defense and a will to keep the Dores moving towards the top of the SEC. Key to this success will be Kyle Woestmann and Caleb Azubike, who anchor what will be one of the most dangerous defensive fronts in the SEC. Mason will turn the offensive side of the ball over to redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary, but will rely heavily on senior Kellen Williams and the running game. Exciting matchups on Vanderbilt’s 2014 football schedule are September 6th against Ole Miss, November 8th against Florida, and November 29th against in-state rival Tennessee.
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Vanderbilt Commodores Football at Vanderbilt Stadium Address: 2601 Jess Neely Dr, Nashville, Tennessee, 37240
The Vanderbilt Commodores play their home games at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. Opened in 1922, rebuilt in 1981, and seating a capacity of nearly 40,000, Vanderbilt Stadium is a historic and beautiful venue to watch some of the best college football in the country. A home game in the ultra-competitive SEC is second to none, especially with the giant-killing Commodores fighting to regain their place as a football power. The Vanderbilt Commodores home bench is on the Vanderbilt Stadium with sections B-F. Vanderbilt Stadium parking information is covered in our Commodores event guide.
Vanderbilt vs. Ole Miss
Two of the founding members of the SEC, these two teams have played over 85 times since 1894. With similar sized student bodies and their close proximity to each other, these interstate rivals are very evenly matched and always produce one of the best games in the SEC. With both teams primed to make runs at the SEC elite, this game promises to have major conference implications to add to the already electric environment.
Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee
The bitterest intrastate rivalry in Tennessee is one of the best matchups that no one is talking about. Tennessee has dominated this series for a long time, but Vanderbilt faithful will tell you that many of the games have come down to the last drive. With Vanderbilt’s recent resurgence in recruiting and wins, this already hard-fought rivalry will be one not to miss.
Vanderbilt Commodores in the BCS National Title, Bowl Games, and SEC Championship
This Nashville based University, the Vanderbilt Commodores, are the proud owners of 570 plus victories and 14 conference titles across the SIAA and the Southern Conference. Now apart of the SEC, they will look to add to their already illustrious bowl history, which features a healthy .500 record. Ticketcity offers tickets to all college football bowl games and the SEC Championship Game.
Vanderbilt Commodores Event Guide
Where can I park at Vanderbilt Stadium?
The best place to park for Commodores football games is the 25th Avenue Garage (25th Avenue & Jess Neely Dr), it’s only a couple blocks from the stadium and only costs $10. There is free parking available at the Scarritt Place (21st Ave South & Scarritt Place) and Wesley Place (21st Ave. South & Terrance Place) garages but you are looking at a little more of a walk from these garages. Scarritt Place is significantly closer so so try that one first. The closest are the National Commodores Club Lots which require a donation to the National Commodores Club to get the NCC parking pass. RV parking outside NCC is available at the Nashville fairgrounds and run approximately $35 per night, reservations are not required but they are recommended. There is no RV parking on campus.
What is the best place to sit for a Commodores game?
If you are a fan of the visiting team, sections R, S, T, U & V are allocated to visiting teams. The lower level seats, closer to the action, are in sections U and V which sell fast. If you are a Commodores fan, sections C, D & E give the best view of the entire field with rows 11-39 giving enough elevation for a great experience.
What is the most popular spot for tailgating before a Commodores Game?
Vandyville is an area designated by the university for fans and students to tailgate, it is located on the corner of Jess Neely Drive and Natchez Trace. It opens 3 hours prior to kick off. This area is heavily reserved for Vanderbilt fans and requires the submittal of completed questionnaire to obtain a spot, so opposing team fans are encouraged to enjoy another location. Because of the location in downtown Nashville, there are limited tailgating areas but if you see some open space and green grass don’t hesitate to claim your spot.
What time do the gates open prior to a Commodores home football game?
Stadium gates are opened two hours before kickoff. Arrive early to ensure you don’t miss the start of the game.
What is the best gameday tradition at a Vanderbilt home game?
The Star Walk is unique game day experience that starts 1 hour before game time. Fans, the Spirit of Gold Marching Band, Cheerleaders and dance squad all meet on Jess Neely Drive. The team come from the McGuin Center down a path marked by Star V logos painted on the ground. It hypes up the team, fans and offers a chance to see the team up close prior to the game.