Football spring practice on campus comes to a close this Saturday when the Commodores stage their annual Black & Gold Spring Game in Vanderbilt Stadium.
The spring game, scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. CT, is free to the public and will be followed by a postgame fireworks display. Gate 2 at Vanderbilt Stadium opens at 4 p.m., with the first 1,000 fans receiving a commemorative 2012 football poster.
The football game will part of a busy sports weekend on the Vanderbilt campus. The Commodores also host Auburn in an important three-game baseball series Friday-Sunday. Tim Corbin's squad plays the visiting Tigers on Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickets remain available to all three Southeastern Conference games.
The Commodores are scheduled to practice Tuesday and Thursday this week. Two local radio shows, 102.5 The Game's Sports Revolution and WNSR AM-560's Thom Abraham Show, will broadcast live from the practice on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively. All of the practices are open to the public.
Surface lots across Natchez Trace from the John Rich Practice Facility and Vanderbilt Track & Field Complex will open for tailgating all afternoon on Saturday. A condensed version of Vandyville, featuring free activities for kids, will open Saturday at 3 p.m. Star Walk, featuring the football team walking from McGugin Athletic Center to Vanderbilt Stadium, will take place at 4:50 p.m. Note: Due to construction, Star Walk will originate from the west side of the McGugin Center near Natchez Trace.
The spring game also will be televised on taped delay across the South on Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS). The game will air on Sunday, April 15 at 5 p.m., CT. It is also shown live online at espn3.com, but will be blacked out throughout the CSS footprint. Matt Stewart will handle the play-by-play duties, while former Commodore Corey Chavous will serve as the analyst.
Here's the Vanderbilt football schedule for this week:
Tuesday, April 10 Vanderbilt Practice 4:20 p.m. (open to public) Live broadcast from practice of 102.5 The Game's "Sports Revolution Show", Willy Daunic/Greg Pogue co-hosting
Thursday, April 12 Vanderbilt Practice 4:20 p.m. (open to public) Live broadcast from practice of WNSR AM560's "Thom Abraham Show", Thom Abraham hosting
Saturday, April 14 Black & Gold Spring Game (Vanderbilt Stadium) 2 p.m. Auburn at Vanderbilt, SEC Baseball, Hawkins Field (tickets are available) 3 p.m. Vandyville opens (kids activities) along Jess Neely Drive 4 p.m. Stadium entrances open (Gate 2); first 1,000 fans receive limited-edition poster 4-4:45 p.m. Field Day with Vanderbilt's Student-Athletes on the football field 4-6 p.m. NCC Tailgate on McGugin Lawn (open to everyone). Register for Event 4:50 p.m. Star Walk begins (players walk from McGugin Center to stadium) 6 p.m. Kickoff in Vanderbilt Stadium 8 p.m. Post-Spring Game Fireworks