Vanderbilt could open its SEC season at LP Field

Graham Watson
Dr. Saturday
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Vanderbilt is contemplating moving its SEC-opening game against Ole Miss from its on-campus stadium to LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans.

According to a report by The Tennessean, an official announcement regarding the Sept. 6 game could come Thursday afternoon.

But is it the right move?

It’s a good way to create excitement for a new SEC season, especially with a new coaching staff, but Vanderbilt’s attendance hasn’t exactly thrived in its own stadium. Vanderbilt’s stadium capacity is 40,330, but the Commodores averaged 35,675 fans during its seven home games in 2013. Only two of those games were actual sellouts — the season opener against Ole Miss and the Oct. 19 game against Georgia.

And, as Hugh Kellenberger of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger points out, the majority of the crowd at the “home” game against Ole Miss was wearing red and blue.

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The capacity of LP Field is 68,798, a far cry from what Vanderbilt is used to drawing, but if Ole Miss fans can make the four-hour trip again, they could easily help fill the stadium and even give Vanderbilt’s SEC home opener a road-game feel.

This wouldn’t be the first time Ole Miss fans tried to fill up LP Field. They did a nice job during last year’s Music City Bowl, which had an attendance of 52,125.

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Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at dr.saturday@ymail.com or follow her on Twitter