Vanderbilt and Georgia start SEC action with a rivalry game and a $113 get-in price on the secondary market
When it comes to college football, there’s something special about the SEC. From the legacy programs to the atmosphere on game day, watching a game somewhere like Bryant-Denny Stadium or Tiger Stadium is an experience unlike any other.
Conference play will start off with a bang this year, as Vanderbilt will host Georgia in the SEC opener. Even though it’s a rivalry game and the season opener, tickets are still affordable compared to other kickoff games; you can currently score a ticket on the secondary market for as low as $113.
After last year’s 6-7 campaign (3-5 in conference) the Vanderbilt Commodores have been hit by personnel turnover, both on the field and the sidelines. The most notable departure is that of Joejuan Williams, who was drafted by the New England Patriots, but a handful of former Commodores will moving on from Nashville, including quarterback Kyle Shurmur.
But there’s also turnover on the coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig has taken over the offense at Utah, leaving Vandy’s quarterbacks coach, Gerry Gdowski, to step into his role. Their special teams coordinator, Shawn Mennenga, has also made the jump to the NFL level, joining the Packers staff.
On the other side of the field, Georgia is coming off a strong season with a disappointing ending. After winning 11 of their first 12 games and claiming the SEC Eastern Division title, the Bulldogs finished their season with back-to-back losses in the SEC Championship Game and the Sugar Bowl. As you might assume from that success, they lost several players to the pro ranks, including Deandre Baker and Mecole Hardman.
Georgia, like Vanderbilt, also has some new faces on the coaching staff for the 2019 campaign. Head coach Kirby Smart lost both his coordinators during the offseason with James Chaney heading to Tennessee and Mel Tucker moving on to Colorado. Quarterbacks coach James Coley will take over the offense while outside linebackers coach Dan Lanning gets the defensive promotion.
If you’re a fan of either team and want to catch the start of the season in person, tickets are already available on the secondary market. Given that it is a Vanderbilt home game, rather than a neutral site kickoff game, the resale tickets aren’t incredibly plentiful yet.
The cheapest seats, which begin at $113 each, are clustered behind the end zone. Seats on the sidelines are more limited, but available; you can sit on the Vanderbilt sideline starting at $155 or behind the Georgia bench beginning at $157. No matter where you sit, children under two will not need a ticket if they sit on the lap of a ticketed adult and you will only be able to bring clear bags and small clutches inside.
Vanderbilt hasn’t currently released single game tickets yet, but season tickets plans are available. If you’re a Vandy fan or live in the Nashville area and are looking to watch some games this year, a season ticket costs as little as $170.
Based on the current availability of primary market tickets, prices will definitely change as the game gets closer. While it’s possible an irresistible deal will crop up, you’ll want to do most of your buying once Vanderbilt’s tickets hit the market; not only will that give you a greater chance to sit where you want, but it will force the resale market’s prices to come more inline with face value. As a buyer, that’s a win-win.