In the college football world, the SEC is home to some of the best programs in history. And while it’s easy to focus on the likes of Georgia, LSU, and Alabama, the entire conference is solid from top to bottom. Take Vanderbilt, for example. Despite a 6-7 season (3-5 in conference) last year, they’re producing more and more NFL players. Even with that quality, you can still score a bargain to see the Commodores this year, as tickets are 9% cheaper on the secondary market than last season.
In addition to player turnover—Joejuan Williams will be heading north to join the New England Patriots and several other players will be attending NFL camps hoping to earn a roster spot—there will be some different coaches calling the shots in Nashville this fall.
Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig will now be calling plays for Utah, with quarterbacks coach Gerry Gdowski stepping into the role for the Commodores. Vandy’s special teams coach, Shawn Mennenga has also left Nashville for a coordinator position with the Green Bay Packers.
Despite those losses, the Vanderbilt secondary ticket market will open on a high, thanks to two strong opponents. The home opener against Georgia has a current average resale price of $181, with the cheapest available seat clocking in at $109. After that, the Commodores will host LSU in a slightly more affordable match-up; the current average ticket is going for $137 on the resale market, with a get-in price of $80.
Beyond those marquee games, however, enthusiasm seems to flag as prices drop. No game for the remainder of the season has a get in price higher than $15 and even that relative high water mark comes against the Kentucky Wildcats. If you simply want to see a Vanderbilt game, this is your part of the schedule; two games—Northern Illinois and UNLV—have $6 get-in prices while the season finale against Eastern Tennessee State has tickets as low as $7.
While single game tickets haven’t hit the primary market yet, you can still purchase a season ticket. Seats are still available in 17 of the stadium’s 22 sections, although sections near midfield are filling up; prices range from $170 to $550. Season ticket holders can also purchase up to three general admission parking spaces for $200 each.
No matter where you’re sitting, though, Vanderbilt has some policies to keep in mind. Children under 2 will not need a ticket for any event, provided they sit on a parent’s lap. Only clear bags and small clutches are allowed to the Vanderbilt Stadium, as per the latest entry policy. The school also has a deal with Ticketmaster so any primary market tickets will be handled through their platform.
If you’re confident that Vanderbilt will be able to cope with their personnel changes, now is definitely the time to pouch on tickets. It’s unlikely the early game will see a significant change in value—both due to the opponent and the fact that the team won’t have much time to rattle fans’ confidence with potential poor performances—and the later games can’t get cheaper than they are now. If the team plays well, you’ll have quite a bargain on your hands.