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2019 Employee Tailgate

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Saturday, September 28, Pregame Tailgate at 8:00 am, Kickoff at 11:00 am

Vanderbilt University employees and their families are invited to an exclusive pregame tailgate on Saturday, Sept. 28 prior to the Vanderbilt vs. Northern Illinois football game. The pregame tailgate will take place at 8:00 am with kickoff at 11:00 am. 

The annual Vanderbilt University Employee Tailgate will be held at Rob Roy Purdy Field. The Rob Roy Purdy Field runs parallel to the Indoor Practice Field, next to the Recreation Center. The pregame tailgate will feature food, music and fun. A gold Vanderbilt University ID with iclass symbol is required for admission.

Registration for tickets and the wait list to the Sept. 28 football game is now closed. Due to demand, all of the football tickets have been allocated. Any reserved tickets not claimed by 30 minutes prior to kickoff will be made available first come, first serve basis at 10:30 am at the pregame tailgate ticket tent on Rob Roy Purdy field. 

Football tickets will be available for pickup at the pregame tailgate event only on the day of the event, Sept. 28 beginning at 8:00 am; there is no early pickup. Employees must present a gold Vanderbilt University ID with iclass symbol to enter the pregame tailgate event and to receive tickets. Any reserved tickets not claimed by 10:30 am on Sept. 28 will be made available on a first come, first serve basis starting at 10:30 am. Vanderbilt University Employees are encouraged to wear their black and gold. Free tickets will not be given to anyone wearing red and black or the Northern Illinois University logo.


  • Fruit Display to include: Bananas, Apples, Grapes, and Tangerines
  • Chicken N` Sweet Corn Bread with Maple Syrup
  • Assorted Yogurt
  • Warm Cinnamon Rolls with Homemade Praline Sauce
  • Hickory Smoked Bacon
  • Diet Lemonade, Tea 


Game attendees must have a ticket to enter the stadium. Children age 2 and under do not require a ticket for any regular season home game on Vanderbilt's campus. The child must sit in the lap of a parent and any related bags should be stowed under the parent's seat to keep the aisles and rows clear of items that may hinder ingress or egress of fans. Please follow the SEC clear bag policy at

Free parking for the event will be available in the West Garage on Children’s Way. There will be no parking adjacent to the field. Please download the parking permit.

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