Unlike UT, Vandy sales lagging

Observers who want Vanderbilt banished from the Southeastern Conference just got more ammunition. The Tennessean reported in today's editions that the Commodore football program has sold less than 2,000 season tickets with the opener vs. Ole Miss just 80 days away.

Vandy sold around 7,200 season tickets last year and, coming off its 20th consecutive losing season, projected to sell roughly 6,100 this year. That goal now appears unreachable. Moreover, Vandy's seven-game season-ticket package sells for just $162, roughly $23 per ticket. By comparison, tickets to Tennessee home games sell for $38 each, yet the Vols sell out every year.

Things have gotten so bad in Nashville that some of last year's ticket-holders who have yet to renew are getting recorded telephone messages from Commodore head coach Bobby Johnson urging them to buy tickets. Other 2002 ticket-holders have gotten personal calls from VU athletics department personnel making the same request.

Whereas Tennessee has more potential ticket buyers than tickets, the 'Dores have more supply than demand. As a result, Vandy is reduced to begging its fans for support.

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