VANDERBILT (Vanderbilt Stadium)

  • GAME DAY:  September 17, 2011 
  • OPPONENT:  Ole Miss
  • SCORE:  Commodores 30, Rebels/Bears 7
  • CAPACITY/ATTENDANCE:  39,790/34,579 (overstated since the stadium was maybe 60% full)
  • THE TRIP:  My daughter Grace and I visited Nashville to see a Taylor Swift concert (amazing), visit the Country Music Hall of Fame (awesome), see Shakespeare in Centenniel Park (excellent), and catch Vanderbilt and Tennessee Titans football games.
  • IMPRESSIONS:  It's obvious that Vanderbilt football doesn't generate the same electricity and large crowds as most of their SEC brethren, but the fans that we sat near were knowledgeable and passionate about their team.  The stadium itself doesn't stand out in any way, no special features that I noticed.  Concessions were average.  Poor selection of team gear/items at the stadium.  Fans were polite apart from a nearby drunk undergrad who enjoyed using the F word as much as possible (but this happens everywhere).  Tailgating was noticeably sparse.  The seats are aluminum benches, like they are in many stadiums, but Vandy will rent you a seat cushion/back for $6, something I wish they'd offer in all stadiums.
  • WE LOVED:  $50 40-yard line seats with an excellent view of the field.  This must be the best bargain of any SEC stadium.
  • TRAVEL TIP:  The downtown Hotel Indigo is a great (if slightly expensive) option if you want a good centralized location while visiting Nashville - an easy 10-minute walk to LP field, Bridgestone Arena (concerts and Nashville Predators hockey), and dozens of great bars and live music venues.  Vanderbilt and Music Row are 10-minute cab rides away.  Staff was very polite and helpful across the board.