Feb. 18, 2014
On Campus in Nashville - The Vanderbilt Black & Gold Spring Game, the Commodores' featured football attraction of the spring, will be held Saturday, April 12.
The spring game will be staged one day before Vanderbilt athletics' early bird pricing deadline for upcoming season tickets at 2013 prices. The pricing promotion is available for both existing and new Commodore season ticket holders.
New Head Coach Derek Mason will open spring drills for the Commodores on Tuesday, March 11, staging up to 14 practices leading to the Black & Gold Spring Game, which will start at 10 a.m., in Vanderbilt Stadium.
The Commodores enter their first spring drills under Mason off back-to-back postseason victories and consecutive nine-win seasons for the first time in program history.
The new coach looks to attract a large turnout to the Black & Gold Spring Game, which will held in conjunction with a Commodore baseball series April 11-13 against Texas A&M. First pitch between the Commodores and Aggies on Saturday, April 12 is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT.
"Everybody associated with the program, from the student-athletes and coaches to Commodore fans, are excited about getting underway with spring practice," Mason said. "The Black & Gold Spring Game will be a great opportunity for our fans to see how much the team and individual players have developed since last year. I hope to see as many Commodore fans as possible at the game."
The Commodores' upcoming home schedule features eight games - one more than a year ago. It includes visits to Nashville by Southeastern Conference teams Florida, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Vanderbilt officials hope to grow the program's season ticket base with the special pricing promotion. Under the early bird plan, which includes a purchase deadline of Sunday, April 13, Commodore season tickets range from $151 (north end zone general admission) to $321 (premium sideline seats).
"We have one of the hottest college football programs in the country, along with an outstanding new coach," Vanderbilt Associate Athletic Director Steve Walsh said. "At the same time, we want our season ticket to be one of the best values in the country.
"By freezing the pricing until April 13, the per game price actually drops for those fans who purchase during the early bird window. Our goal is to solidify Vanderbilt football as 'Nashville's Team,'" Walsh added.
Pricing levels include:
Sideline Seats - $321
Per Game = $40 ($46 in 2013). Early Bird Savings of $30
Vanderbilt Employee Discounted Sideline Seats - $261
Per Game = $32 ($37 in 2013). Early Bird Savings of $20
Youth Sideline - $182
Per Game = $23 ($26 in 2013). Early Bird Savings of $17
South End Zone - $166
Per Game = $20 ($24 in 2013). Early Bird Savings of $15
Family Plan - $479 (2 Adult & 2 Youth South End Zone Tickets)
Per Game = $60 ($66 in 2013). Early Bird Savings of $45
North End Zone Hill - $151
Per Game = $19 ($21 in 2013). Early Bird Savings of $10
Vanderbilt opens the 2014 season with four straight home games - Temple on Thursday, Aug. 28, Ole Miss on Sept. 6, UMass on Sept. 13 and South Carolina on Sept. 20. The Commodores also host Florida on Nov. 8, Tennessee on Nov. 29, Charleston Southern on Oct. 11, and Old Dominion on Nov. 1.