The ESPN GameDay crew is coming to town, which means Vandy fans will be extra
annoying enthusiastic, with freshly starched collars and an even heavier dose of elitism.
Have no fear: the Nashville UK Alumni Association has a full day of events planned to rain on Vandy’s parade. Starting with invading the morning GameDay segment and ending with what will hopefully be a victory party in Midtown, Kentucky fans who make the trek to Nashville will be surrounded by their Big Blue brethren, united by one mission: #OccupyMemorial.
Here’s the schedule of #OccupyMemorial events so far (all times Central):
Gameday Morning Taping
7:00 a.m. — In the spirit of #OccupyMemorial unity, the Alumni Association is asking fans to gather at the McDonald’s at 2700 West End Avenue, which is four blocks away from the arena, starting at 7:00 a.m. Because it will be early and they’re awesome like that, they are also offering free sausage biscuits to the the first 100 people who arrive.
7:45 a.m. — Kentucky fans will start the march towards Memorial Gymnasium.
While Vanderbilt officials have publicly stated that Kentucky fans are welcome to attend the GameDay tapings, rumors are rumbling that they will escort fans who show up in blue to the upper deck in an attempt to muffle the Big Blue Nation and look better on camera. We all know how well that will work out, right? In order to secure good seating, #OccupyMemorial organizers are encouraging Kentucky fans to cover up their blue with a black sweater or jacket until they reach their seats, or even until the show begins at 9 a.m.
9:00 a.m. — Once the taping starts, it’s on. Rip off your black and join in the chorus of “Go Big Blue” and cat chants.
Pre-Game Party and Game Watch Event
The #OccupyMemorial crowd will head towards the movement’s headquarters at Midtown Corner Pub (2000 Broadway, Nashville, TN) immediately following the taping. Don’t have a ticket? Come join the crowd and be entered into a raffle for two lower-level seats to the game, which will be given out approximately one hour before tip-off. Corner Pub is about six or seven blocks from Memorial Gymnasium, and for those who don’t feel like marching–I mean walking–the Pub will have a shuttle running to and from the arena starting two hours before tip-off.
In addition, Corner Pub is setting up a heated tent in their back parking lot to further accommodate the Big Blue Nation. This will be the place to be on Saturday if you’re a Kentucky fan in the Nashville area, and Matt, Drew, and myself will be there throughout the day. Even if you don’t have a ticket, it’s a great place to watch the game, especially since the Pub will be raffling off a flat-screen TV at some point during the festivities.
The Alumni Association has created #OccupyMemorial group and event on Facebook, which I encourage you all to join. As the resident Nashvillian/Vanderbilt hater on the site, I’ll keep KSR abreast of any updates and troop movements. Spread the word via the #OccupyMemorial hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, and even better, word of mouth. If there’s one thing Kentucky fans do well, it’s crash a party.
This is going to be fun.