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Weeknight Game, NFL In Town… VU-USC Not Sold Out Yet

People in Nashville have a choice to make tomorrow night: Watch Vanderbilt open the season against South Carolina or head across town to watch the NFL’s Tennessee Titans play their final preseason game.  So far, it looks like the NFL and the Thursday night kickoff aren’t helping VU.

CollegeFootballTalk.com reports that single-game tickets for the Dores-Cocks opener are still available at Vandy’s website.  Considering all the buzz and excitement and new energy surrounding James Franklin’s program, you’d think a season opener would be sold out well in advance.

But the NFL is stiff competition.  And the Thursday night start makes it more difficult for Carolina fans to travel in for the contest as well.

Still, if Vanderbilt fans want to support their coach’s efforts to change the football program’s reputation, they need to quickly snap up every seat in the house so ESPN’s cameras won’t beam the image of empty seats to into recruits’ homes.

 


4 comments
bvkv09
bvkv09

It appears that the only people buying into Franklin's hype are the people in the locker room. 

bpa_kc
bpa_kc

I don't know why ANYBODY would want to watch a NFL pre-season game over a real college game... especially since this is the 4 week of the pre-season and the starters won't play more than 1 or 2 drives.  Personally, even though my KC Chiefs are playing the Packers tonight, I'll be tuned into USC/Vandy... provided it doesn't turn into a blow out or something. 

 

* to be fair, I'd probably watch most college games, even 2 crappy teams, over most nfl regular season games.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

NFL preseason?  It doesn't count and the best players are only there for a quarter.   Not sure why a lot of people would be interested in that over a true game.

Thern
Thern

Being from the Nashville area, Vandy was always second fiddle to Tennessee, and that was before the Titans came to town. Now, add a large contingent of Bama football fans and Kentucky basketball fans to the mix, and I would say that Vandy has a relatively share of the market given that that is their home city. I wouldn't even consider Vanderbilt as 'Nashville's team,' maybe just 'West End's team.



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