Head Coach James Franklin and the Commodore football team will close out their spring practice calendar with the annual Black & Gold Spring Game at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at Vanderbilt Stadium. The annual spring showcase is FREE to attend and fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used shoes and clothes to be donated to Soles4Souls.
In addition to the game, there are a number of exciting activities throughout the day for the entire family. Among the events taking place will be tailgating in Vandyville, Star Walk, Field Day on Dudley Field for children 12 and under and a postgame autograph session. The day will start with a select-a-seat opportunity at 9 a.m. and end with a 4 p.m. home baseball game against Missouri. The NCC is also hosting a tailgate that is open to NCC members and the general public from 10:30 a.m. to 1p.m.
"We are excited to offer a wide array of activities for Commodore fans to take part in on the 13th," Director of Sales and Marketing Steve Walsh said, "Our hope is that fans will help by giving back to Soles4Souls and then spend the day cheering on the Commodores."
Timeline of April 13 Events:
9 a.m.: Select-A-Seat Program - Fans can tour the stadium grandstand with athletics staff members and select the seat that they want to purchase as a season ticket for the 2013 football season
10 a.m.: Vandyville Opens - Come out early and tailgate with your friends and family
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Kid's Field Day - All kids 12 & under are invited down onto the field for fun games with Vanderbilt student-athletes
12 p.m.: Star Walk - Join the Spirit of Gold Marching Band and the Vanderbilt cheerleaders as they greet the team as they enter the stadium.
1 p.m.: Kickoff of the Black & Gold Spring Game
Postgame: All fans are invited down on the field for an autograph session with the players and coaches
4 p.m.: Baseball vs. Missouri at Hawkins Field (purchased ticket required)
Commodore fans are encouraged to bring gently used shoes and clothing that will be collected and distributed by Soles4Souls. Those who donate items will be entered in a raffle to win:
Two (2) tickets to the Vanderbilt vs. UT football game along with a hotel stay in Knoxville, or
A chance to call the first play of the second half of the Black & Gold Spring Game