Vanderbilt Athletics

Vanderbilt Stadium Policies

Welcome to Vanderbilt Stadium, home of Commodore football.

A Reminder to our Fans...
Due to an increase in security at all public venues, Vanderbilt Stadium, now specifically prohibit backpacks and discourage other large bags and items. No bags or purses larger than 8.5" x 11" are allowed inside the stadium. In order to prevent the inconvenience of returning prohibited items to your car, we encourage you to consider this policy when choosing the items that you bring into the stadium.

It is our goal to make your visit to our campus as pleasant and as safe as possible.

Vanderbilt Stadium gates open two hours before kickoff of each home game.

Commodore Star Walk
Approximately, one hour and fifteen minutes prior to kickoff, the Vanderbilt football team takes their final walk across the path of stars from McGugin Center into Vanderbilt Stadium. The Vanderbilt cheerleaders, the Spirit of Gold band, and fans form a tunnel to cheer on the Commodores as they enter the stadium.

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Entering Vanderbilt Stadium
You may enter the stadium through any gate, but for the quickest access to your seat, please enter at the appropriate gate.
Gate 1 - Sections A-D, Media
Gate 2 - Sections E-K, Family Zone, Suite Level
TV Service Gate - Credentialed Access, Suite Level Only
Gate 3 - Sections L-V, Player Guests
Gate 4 - Sections S-V, Students

Lost and Found
Lost and Found is located at Gate 2. Valuable items will be turned over to Vanderbilt's Police Department for safekeeping following the game. To contact VUPD, please call (615) 322-2745. You may also contact Vanderbilt Athletics at (615) 343-2012.

Wheelchair Seating
Wheelchair seating is available on the south end of the stadium from Sections H through M.

First Aid
Emergency medical personnel are located at the first aid stations near Sections G and P. For assistance in an emergency situation, please contact a security officer or an usher.


Commodore fans are widely known for their enthusiasm, team support, hospitality and sportsmanship. Our image is shaped not only by our student-athletes, coaches, students and faculty, but by our fans as well. Our goal is to create a first-class environment to lend support to our team while maintaining a safe and fun atmosphere for visiting fans as well.

Prohibited Behavior
Rowdy, threatening, or inconsiderate behavior such as standing in the aisles, portals or concourses, profane and abusive language, smoking in public areas, fighting, and drunkenness will not be tolerated and can result in ejection, arrest, and/or loss of season ticket privileges. Throwing of any objects in the stands, including paper and plastic cups will also be prohibited. Should you observe any of this disruptive behavior, please notify your nearest law enforcement officer.

In all sports, access to the competition area shall be limited to participating student-athletes, coaches, officials, support personnel and properly-credentialed individuals at all times. For the safety of participants and spectators alike, at no time before, during or after a contest shall spectators be permitted to enter the competition area.

Individuals found violating any policies can be removed from the stadium. Non-students are subject to arrest and prosecution under applicable laws and state statutes.

Students involved in such activities or other disruptive behavior will also be subject to disciplinary action. Students enjoy the rights and privileges that accrue to membership in a university community and are subject to the responsibilities which accompany that membership.

The Vanderbilt Athletic Department reserves the right to remove the ticket holder from the premises if in the sole opinion of the security personnel his or her conduct endangers or disrupts the players, coaches, officials or fans.

Vanderbilt Athletics thanks you for your support.


The consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.

No animals of any kind are permitted with the exception of service animals for impaired or disabled guests.

An ATM is located outside of Section O.

No backpacks allowed inside stadium.

No bags or purses larger than 8 1/2" x 11" are allowed inside the stadium.

No unauthorized banners, signs or flags may be brought into Vanderbilt Stadium.

No spectator cameras with lenses over six inches (6") long will be permitted.

Carry-In Items
Guests are not permitted to bring food/beverage containers into the stadium. Bottles, coolers, and containers of any kind are prohibited.

Children 2 and under do not require a ticket to attend games.

Guest Interference
Unauthorized persons entering the playing field will be dealt with by the police.

No items that produce loud noises (air horns, whistles, etc.) are allowed in accordance with SEC regulations.

The public address system is for emergency use only. In the event of an emergency, notify an usher or security officer.

Player Family Gates
Family members and guests of players will enter the football stadium to the right of Gate 3 at the baseball stadium (Hawkins Field).

Profanity/Abusive Language
Profanity and abusive language are highly discouraged during athletic contests. Guests using profanity or abusive language towards student-athletes, coaches, officials, staff or fellow spectators can have their ticket revoked and be removed from the premises.

Prohibited Items
No weapons of any kind (guns, knives, explosive devices, etc.) are permitted in Vanderbilt Stadium. Attempting to bring any weapon of any kind into the stadium will result in immediate arrest.

Radios and TVs
Radios and TVs are allowed only if they do not interfere with other guests' enjoyment of the game.

Per Southeastern Conference rules, no re-entry is permitted at any gate. If you leave the stadium, you must have a new ticket to be admitted.

RV Parking
A limited amount of RV parking is available at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. For pricing and information please call (615) 862-8980

Seatbacks larger than a single seat are not allowed inside the stadium.

Selfie Sticks
All selfie sticks are prohibited.

Strollers are not allowed inside stadium.

To comply with Tennessee state law, no smoking is permitted inside Vanderbilt Stadium. This includes all areas inside the gates of the stadium including the concourses. Electronic and smokeless cigarettes are also not permitted.

To provide a memorable experience for all attending events within the athletic complex, the following policies are applicable:

  • No common containers such as kegs
  • All charcoal from charcoal grills must be disposed of properly
  • Please do not encroach on another's space
  • All trash must be disposed of properly
  • Be considerate of others around you with loud music

Throwing Items
Throwing items onto the field of play or directly at fellow spectators will not be tolerated and is grounds for removal from the premises.

No umbrellas are allowed in the stadium.

Video Recorders
Video recorders are prohibited.


Getting to Vanderbilt from Nashville International Airport
Take I-40 west to exit 209A. Turn left onto Broadway. Follow Broadway and veer right to West End Avenue. Continue on West End and turn left on 25th Avenue. Stadium is on the right.

Allow approximately thirty minutes driving time from the airport to Vanderbilt University. If traffic is light, it will take less time.

Getting to Vanderbilt via the Interstates
From the north, take I-65 to I-40 west and then look for I-40 east to exit 209B. Turn right on Broadway. Follow Broadway and veer right to West End Avenue. Continue on West End and turn left on 25th Avenue. Stadium is on the right.

From the east or south, take I-40 west to exit 209A. Turn left on Broadway. Follow Broadway and veer right to West End Avenue. Continue on West End and turn left on 25th Avenue. Stadium is on the right.

From the west, take I-40 east to exit 209B. Turn right on Broadway (US 70S). Follow Broadway and veer right to West End Avenue. Continue on West End and turn left on 25th Avenue. Stadium is on the right.

Vanderbilt is located a mile and a half southwest of downtown Nashville and is approximately 4 hours from Atlanta, 3 hours from Birmingham, Louisville and Memphis, and 2.5 hours from Knoxville.


In Tennessee, particularly in August and September, development of heat related problems are a common occurrence during football games at Vanderbilt Stadium. A high heat index increases the body temperature leading to significant sweating and fluid loss. Unless fluids are appropriately replaced, heat-related illness may occur. Fans with cardiac, respiratory or gastrointestinal problems are at higher risk for heat illness. Heat problems can usually be prevented by:
- Applying sunscreen 15-30 SPF
- Wearing a hat
- Wearing light, loose fitting clothes
- Drinking plenty of water or sports drinks such as Gatorade or Powerade
- Limiting alcohol intake

If you become hot, sweaty, fatigued and thirsty, you should get out of the sun immediately and begin to replenish your fluids. If these symptoms continue or you develop dizziness or muscle cramps, you should go to an aid station for further evaluation and treatment.

Other medical problems may occur during a game. Should you become ill and feel the need for medical attention during a game, Event Staff or Security Personnel can direct you to find the nearest aid station or they can summon Emergency Medical Personnel if you are too sick to be moved. If you have significant medical problems, please bring a list of your medications with you to the game in case you have to be seen in our aid stations.

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