Welcome to Nashville, home of the Vanderbilt Commodores. If you’re heading to town to catch a game at Vandy, here’s what you need to know about where to stay, eat and tailgate. First, a few stats:
- SEC Team: Vanderbilt Commodores
- Coach: Derek Mason
- Stadium name: Vanderbilt Stadium
- Fun fact: Vanderbilt Stadium is the smallest in the SEC.
Where to Stay
1808 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 340-9333
Ideal for visitors looking for both convenience and a Music-City experience, the Hutton is designed to reflect the vibrancy of Nashville. It is even equipped with Writers’ Studios to release your creative energy.
2100 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203 (615) 320-1700
Loews Vanderbilt is less than a mile from Vanderbilt Stadium, which means if you want to leave your car behind, it’s a short walk to the game. It’s also convenient to many nearby dining destinations.
Marriott at Vanderbilt University
2555 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 321-1300
As far as location goes, the Marriott at Vanderbilt University is your best option. Located quite literally on the edge of Vandy’s campus, you can catch a glimpse of the game by simply peering out your window.
Honorable mentions that are a short Lyft or Uber ride away:
Where to Eat/Drink
If you’re looking for a tasty bite ahead of the game or perhaps items to pick up for your tailgate (including booze), here are some best bets located nearby campus.
San Antonio Taco Company (aka SATCO)
416 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 327-4322
SATCO is a Tex-Mex joint that Vandy students, alumni and Nashville natives fondly recommend. You can either eat there, or call ahead and get it to go. SB TIP: The queso is a must!
FIDO or FETCH
1812 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212 • (615) 777-3436
Fido is a local, beloved, long-time coffee shop serving up renowned Bongo Java coffee. Just a short walk from Vandy, you can stop by for any of the day’s three meals and grab you cup-of-joe. Since Fido is also known for its long lines, swing by Fetch next door to get your coffee to-go.
Village Wines Spirits Beer
2006 Belcourt Ave B, Nashville, TN 37212 • (615) 499-4173
Located just off 21st avenue, Village Wines Spirits Beer is your nearest shop for alcoholic beverages to take to the tailgate.
Caviar and Bananas
2031 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 340-9005
Also walkable from Vanderbilt’s campus, Caviar and Bananas offers great grab-and-go options. They have a section of prepared food, select grocery items, a coffee bar, sandwich bar, salad bar, and plenty of sweet treats. They also sell wine! If you didn’t feel like cooking for your tailgate, this is a great option!
Where to Tailgate
Much of the Vandy tailgating takes place along “Vandyville,” located at Jess Neely Drive and Natchez Trace, but it comes with several stringent requirements. (Here’s a great guide from Tailgate Guys.) A few of the key highlights to keep in mind include:
- Grilling is permitted (& encouraged).
- Fans range from locals to young families to alums to families of students.
- For those who don’t wish to commit to every game, these fans set up their own tents in nearby parking lots.
- Bring lawn chairs and potluck dishes to share.
- Bring some games! Cornhole and trashcan Frisbee are great options.
To get to campus, Uber and Lyft are the easiest options. Otherwise, don’t be tempted to park in a commercial or restaurant lot because you will get towed — and that comes with a hefty fee. There are plenty of pay-to-park options near the stadium if you do drive.