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Gameday Need-to-Know: Vanderbilt

Coming to Nashville for tomorrow’s Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt game? Here’s everything you need to know.

Plenty of tickets are still available

This probably won’t surprise you, but there are lots of tickets still up for grabs for tomorrow’s game on Ticketmaster and secondary markets. Use your ticket dealer of choice (we like Guy On The Corner) or just walk around the stadium and scalp before the game.

KSR Pregame Show: 11:30 a.m. CT/12:30 p.m. ET

For road games, the pregame show starts three hours before kickoff, so at 12:30 p.m. ET, tune into 630 WLAP or fire up that iHeart app to hear Matt, Ryan, Drew, and special guest FREDDIE MAGGARD preview the Cats vs. the ‘Dores.

Cat Walk: 12:15 p.m. CT

At noon, come to Gate 3 in the southeast corner of the stadium (off Jess Neely Drive) to greet the Cats as they arrive.

You can drink at the game!

Vanderbilt approved stadium-wide alcohol sales this season, so if you’re coming down and are of age, you can enjoy a brew. It’s ain’t cheap, though. A 16 oz. can of Bud Light costs $8.

Photo: @darrenrovell

Here are Vanderbilt’s rules for enjoying responsibly:

  • All guests must be 21 years of age to purchase alcoholic beverages; a valid ID is required for purchase.
  • A limit of two beers purchased at one time per legal ID.
  • Sales will begin when gates open (two hours prior to kickoff).
  • Per conference requirements, sales will end at the end of the third quarter once time has expired.
  • A security officer or Spectra staff member will begin to close the line with three minutes remaining in the third quarter and only the guests that were already standing in line will be able to purchase alcohol.

Stadium and Parking Maps

The visitor’s sections are U and V, but blue will be everywhere.

Spots in the Natchez Trace Surface lots cost $50, while passes for the 25th Avenue parking garage cost $15. Several businesses surrounding the stadium will open their lots for a fee, or you can search for a spot on the street in the Hillsboro Village area and walk over. Or, just Lyft or Uber from your hotel (I recommend that).


Tailgating for Vanderbilt games is not easy. It’s an urban campus, meaning most of the parking is in garages and the few green spaces around the stadium are reserved for Vandy groups. Centennial Park is across West End Avenue from the stadium, but you’re not allowed to drink alcohol in city parks. If you’re hell bent on tailgating before the game, you can buy a pass for one of the Natchez Trace Surface lots or try out Vandyville, Vandy’s designated tailgating area. It opens at 8 a.m. and is located at the corner of Jess Neely Drive and Natchez Trace.

Clear Bag Policy

Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. CT/3:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network

Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, and Alyssa Long will be on the call for the SEC Network.  You can also stream the game on the ESPN app or listen on the UK Sports Network or Sirius channel 133 or XM 190.

Postgame Show: Approximately one hour after the game’s over

If you drive back to the Bluegrass after the game’s over, listen to the KSR Postgame Show. If you hit the streets of Nashville to celebrate and and need a recommendation on where to go, check out my flowcharts from the SEC Tournament.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

23 Comments for Gameday Need-to-Know: Vanderbilt

  1. ClutchCargo
    3:04 pm November 15, 2019 Permalink

    The $6 bottled water makes $8 beers not seem so bad. Sheesh!

  2. coal miner
    3:05 pm November 15, 2019 Permalink

    I can’t imagine why there are any tickets left.and oh yeah you need drinks for this one.

  3. Headhurts
    3:16 pm November 15, 2019 Permalink

    Lite beer’s are all they offer, figures.

  4. secrick
    3:32 pm November 15, 2019 Permalink

    We need this one bad.

  5. Rick_S
    4:38 pm November 15, 2019 Permalink

    Vandy 21 17..UK will finish the season 5-7

    • bruh
      8:42 pm November 15, 2019 Permalink

      are you kidding me?

    • JDizzle14
      9:00 pm November 15, 2019 Permalink

      Maybe 4-8. Remember how fantastic Stoops teams play against the out-of-conf teams at home. I’m probly wrong, tho, they should beat UT-Martin abt 10-7.

    • cats646
      12:37 am November 16, 2019 Permalink

      Do y’all not realize this was a “down year” BEFORE we got kicked in the a$$ by all these injuries?!?! We’ll go bowling this year and will be back to kick a$$ next year!!
      GO CATS!!

    • BluKudzu
      8:56 am November 16, 2019 Permalink

      If Stoops loses this game he should be fired in Nashville after the game.

      Season over.

      Use this time to find a real coach and stop overpaying Stoops to take us back to the Joker years, being the third best college football program in the Commonwealth.

      Heck, WKU beat Arkansas more convincingly than UK did. I understand why we are rated below MAC and Sunbelt and other non power conference teams again.

      5 million. Just blows my mind UK would pay that for a coach that has a team struggling to stay in the top 80.

      2 wins over the worst MAC teams, a win over the worst Arkansas team, ever, and an upset of a bottom to mid tier Missouri team a passing team, in the rain.

      Take Vandy, at home, and the points.

      That is all you need to know.

    • Wildcat homer
      9:14 am November 16, 2019 Permalink

      To the negative ones…..Not gonna sugar coat this it has been a disappointing season, but we have 3games left plus a bowl game. That will make 4 straight years of Bowl games. I hope to see a lot of Blue in the stands today. GBB

    • DelrayCat
      11:36 am November 16, 2019 Permalink

      Yes, 3 straight wins and all the debbie downers will shut down. But lose today and oh my…the chorus of negatively will be strong…and 5-7 is likely.

  6. JDizzle14
    7:35 am November 16, 2019 Permalink

    Of course we realized it. Its not us who didnt. Tell it to all the ppl who were talkin 9 or 10 wins for this team. U cant convince me they wouldve won 7 or 8 games WITH Terry Wilson. And thats no knock on him–the knock is on the coaches. The lack of offensive coaching ability, the lack of player development at WR and QB, and the lack of opening up some form of passing game to keep defenses honest. This staff calls the same game plan no matter who is playing QB. the only diff is Bowden is not gonna consistently throw as well as TW, so then it really does become one-dimensional. But thats on the coaches–thats when u utilize ur depth and bring in Sawyer just to try to open that up. Utilize them BOTH! But it wouldnt have been much better with TW–hes not a poor passer but hes not great at it either. Stoops has had NO QB who can throw it well. We miss the leadership and the intangibles TW would bring to the table but in the end these coaches r gonna call the same game plan no matter who’s back there. Its just that it is uglier now with LBJ cuz theyre gonna favor the run even more and choose not to try Sawyer here and there. So like i said, tell the ppl who were callin for 9 or 10 wins this yr abt it. The coaches were able to get by with so much of this anemic playcalling last yr cuz of Benny–he was so good he masked alot of how bad it was. Even with him, look how they struggled to do what they did do. They shouldnt have beaten MO, almost lost to Vandy, almst blew the SCAR win, and got destroyed by a bad TN team. Was the worst offense u will ever see from a 10-win bowl champion. The best D in school history paved the way for that season.

    • dave1964
      8:20 am November 16, 2019 Permalink

      Cats do you not remember we had FL by two scores in the fourth quarter and lost by one point because these coaches played prevent defense and went conservative.

    • UKCatAttack
      8:25 am November 16, 2019 Permalink

      QB development is key. Stoops has brought in good high school QB prospects and none of them have turned into good college QBs. Instead he has opted for JUCO QBs that JUCO coaching staffs have developed.

  7. UKCatAttack
    8:29 am November 16, 2019 Permalink

    Honest responses requested? How much better is our football team now than 10 years ago? I’ll let you all respond and I’ll give my opinion later.

    • DelrayCat
      8:50 am November 16, 2019 Permalink

      On the defensive side of the ball…considerably better. Anyone over 30 knows Kentucky used to get rolled on consistent basis in the SEC…especially on the ground. Teams would barely need to even game plan. Just line up and mash and gash us. And after losing the entire secondary, I find it remarkable how quickly this team team developed a half-way decent set of replacements. That all speaks to Stoops and the staff. Recruiting has been considerably better all around. However, on the offensive side of the ball….total regression. Gran is a decent coach, but he needs to go. Some fresh ideas and a new system would do this program a lot of good if Stoops makes the right hire. I doubt that happens anytime soon though.

  8. Bluehender
    10:25 am November 16, 2019 Permalink

    A lot of negativity on here this morning. Well maybe we’ll see you after the game. I know we won’t if we win. Go Cats!!

  9. Cats-Cats-Cats
    10:54 am November 16, 2019 Permalink

    We made the trip down.i can tell u they are a lot of blue in our hotel! See blue every where we eat, im thinking it will be a good uk crowd.

    • ClutchCargo
      10:59 am November 16, 2019 Permalink

      Represent, Cats-Cats-Cats! I go to all the home games, but I couldn’t make it down there this weekend. It’s a challenge around there with parking and tailgating, so hat’s off to you for making the extra effort!

    • DelrayCat
      11:43 am November 16, 2019 Permalink

      Love Nash-Vegas! This game is almost as fun as a Music City Bowl…and a better chance to win. Plus not on some weird night. I’m jealous! Go Cats!

    • notFromhere
      11:57 am November 16, 2019 Permalink

      Bring one home for the faithful fans and make the faithless and miserable choke on it

  10. notFromhere
    11:56 am November 16, 2019 Permalink

    Yes. The Cats would’ve won 10 games with Wilson this year. If not, then your constant whining and crying is pointless. Y’all need to just not follow football. It’s too much for your sensitive little hearts. Go on back to basketball. Plenty for you to waller in and wail about after the loss. I’m sure that’ll feed you well for the next 3 months

  11. notFromhere
    11:59 am November 16, 2019 Permalink

    To those that have stuck by the team, you are very much respected and appreciated. Salvage this season with a bowl game victory and move on to spring football.