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Employee Tailgate

2016 tailgate

The Employee Tailgate is football fun for the whole family. Thousands of employees and their families come out to enjoy food, music and games at the pregame tailgate and then head to Vanderbilt Stadium to cheer on the Vanderbilt Commodores. The Vanderbilt Spirit of Gold Marching Band and Cheer Squad are frequent special guests at the event. 

Tailgate 2017

Saturday, Sept. 16

3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Recreation Field #2 (@Natchez Trace, entrance on Children's Way)

Kickoff: 6:30 p.m.

Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Kansas State Wildcats

  • Check back Aug. 29 to reserve your free football tickets and register for the pre-game tailgate via an online form.
  • Tickets to the Sept. 16 football game are free to employees and their families but must be reserved in advance.
  • There are a limited number of tickets available, tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each employee may reserve up to four (4) tickets.
  • Football tickets will be available for pickup at the pre-game tailgate event only on the day of the event, Sept. 16; there is no early pickup. You will not be able to pick up free football tickets at the athletic ticket office.
  • Employees must present a VUMC ID to receive tickets.
  • Free parking will be available on game day in the West Garage on Children’s Way. You must download a parking pass. Check back on Aug. 29 to download your parking pass.
  • Vanderbilt Stadium follows the new SEC clear bag policy, so please plan accordingly. Visit for more information. 

Check out photos from the 2016 event  here .