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Vanderbilt will encourage participation in the Wake Forest game by sharing ticket revenue with student organizations

Clearly hoping to boost attendance for its first non-conference home game, Vanderbilt is offering to split football ticket revenue from its Sept. 10 game against Wake Forest with student organizations, according to an email obtained by 247Sports. Student organizations will receive $5 per ticket purchased for the game as long as tickets are purchased through a specific link sent by Vanderbilt, a sports ticket sales department representative said in the email.

Leaders of student organizations on campus received the email promoting the initiative. The game takes place during Vanderbilt’s “Family Weekend”, with members of student organizations encouraged to bring family and friends. Vanderbilt also announced perks for organizations that earn the most money – including pre-game passes and on-court photos and premium seat upgrades.

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“The Athletics Department invites you to help create an electric house atmosphere for our football program on September 10th as part of the family weekend when the team takes on Wake Forest,” reads a Google Form sent. by Vanderbilt in an email to student organizations. “Every registered student organization on campus is offered the opportunity to raise funds for their own cause by bringing friends, family and alumni to the game. Participating organizations will receive a specialized game ticket link to send to the family and friends. A portion ($5) of every ticket purchased through this link will go to YOUR organization as a fundraising effort.”

Vanderbilt has long struggled to attend football games. Since former coach James Franklin left for Penn State after the 2013 season, Vanderbilt Stadium has rarely been full — and only with the help of fans of the opponents who travel to Nashville. The Commodores listed an attendance of 21,218 for last year’s victory over UConn; the stadium’s total capacity is just under 40,000.

With a busy schedule in 2022, Vanderbilt could come into the game against Wake Forest with a 2-0 record. The ‘Dores will travel to Hawaii for their opener on August 27, and the Rainbow Warriors will work with a reduced roster due to transfer attrition and organizational chaos following the ousting of former coach Todd Graham. . Vanderbilt then returns to Nashville and hosts FCS opponent Elon on September 3.

Wake, meanwhile, is coming off an 11-3 season and fires one of the ACC’s best quarterbacks in Sam Hartman. The Commodores and Demon Deacons often compete for rookies under Power Five programs that are both academically oriented and located in the South. Vanderbilt welcomed a large number of official visitors for a similar game last September against Stanford and could do the same against Wake.