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Vandy having tough time selling out home opener against South Carolina

James Franklin AP

Don’t know about you guys, but Thursday night’s season opener between South Carolina and Vanderbilt has the recipe for an early season upset.

Apparently, the people of Nashville don’t see it that way.

In a consolidated city of over 600,000, Vanderbilt is having a hard time selling out its 40,000-seat stadium in preparation for the ninth-ranked Gamecocks. And that’s with South Carolina’s ticket allotment in mind, so it’s not even a matter of selling 40,000 tickets.

Per Vanderbilt Athletics, single game tickets for Thursday’s game — as in two days from now — are still available at $50 bucks a head.

Unbelievable. That place better be packed on Thursday.

Look, I get that the Commodores have historically been the SEC’s mud rug for football. I also get that there’s plenty to do in Nashville, a pro-oriented town. But if the locals can’t get excited about a Top-10 team coming to open the season after Vanderbilt made significant strides in Year 1 under James Franklin, then I don’t know when they will.

Buzz around Vandy football is as high as it’s ever been. Franklin’s already shown he can recruit there and the school is taking steps to improve facilities. It would even be understandable if there was an initial spike in attendance before it tapered off. It’s impossible to completely change an attitude overnight.

But this? Not selling out the biggest game for the program in recent history? That has to be frustrating for Franklin, who’s been beyond visible banging the Vandy drum all offseason.

(Hat tip: GamecocksOnline)

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10 Responses to “Vandy having tough time selling out home opener against South Carolina”
  1. floridacock says: Aug 28, 2012 10:40 PM

    And the ones there will be reading books in the stands and leaving by half time.

  2. dee6634 says: Aug 28, 2012 10:59 PM

    South Carolina sent back 2,000 tickets and the Titans play Thursday night in Nashville, too.

    It might be a sell out by Thursday.

    If it were on the weekend, it would already be sold out.

    You might want to look at all the facts before getting do flabbergasted.

  3. ghengy says: Aug 28, 2012 11:12 PM

    Vandy is going to shock the world Thursday night.

  4. raysfan1 says: Aug 28, 2012 11:20 PM

    I’d have gone, but Nashville is 8 hours by car from my place–making it not doable on a weeknight.

  5. dcroz says: Aug 28, 2012 11:29 PM

    This isn’t surprising. Vandy almost never has a home-field advantage, as the visiting team usually brings more fans than the ‘Dores do. I know when Alabama plays there, there is a lot more crimson and white than there is black and gold in the stands. And playing at the same time as the Titans certainly doesn’t help. But, if Franklin can continue to make Vanderbilt a respectable team that goes bowling on a regular basis, things may change.

  6. tttrojan4life says: Aug 28, 2012 11:36 PM

    Franklin is the real deal. Vandy is going to spank the Cocks’.

  7. jonkybon says: Aug 29, 2012 7:14 AM

    It’s tough to sell out a Thurs Night week one homecoming game against one of the most over rated teams in the NCAA (according to ESPN).

  8. vols84 says: Aug 29, 2012 7:15 AM

    Well, it is Vandy.

  9. mogogo1 says: Aug 29, 2012 12:29 PM

    Makes me wonder which game was scheduled first. If the Titans game came second, bad luck for Vandy. But if their game was set knowing the Titans were playing the same night, really bad idea on somebody’s part.

  10. clemsonstillsucks says: Aug 30, 2012 10:52 PM

    @ Jonk

    I gotta say…after tonight’s game I don’t think Vandy is as overrated as you say. I think they could easily take Clemson.

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