James Franklin expresses further disappointment over ticket sales
Posted by: Pete Roussel on Wednesday August 21, 2013
Eight days out from the season opener against Ole Miss, Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin is disappointed the game is not sold out.
On Sunday, The Tennessean reported that season ticket sales for Vanderbilt are surprisingly down a couple of thousand from last season. It’s hard to believe considering the recent success of the program and Franklin’s personality.
But Franklin doesn’t want to hear the excuses.
He said today, “It’s a process like everything else. We didn’t get to this position overnight and we’re not going to necessarily solve it overnight. I understand that, but I do think there comes a point that it’s not okay to talk about all the excuses: the fact that we compete with the Titans, the fact that we’re in a city that has a lot of things for people to do, a lot of other things going on. We can list out a number of reasons, but to me, there’s nothing that brings people together like a football game.
“I know I’m biased, but I think it has an ability to bring a community together better than anything else. You can look at the game, but it’s not really just the game. It’s the tailgating, it’s having fun and laughing with your friends and rallying around something, it’s the whole experience. It’s the band. Our band is made up of Vanderbilt students, Lipscomb students, Belmont students, so what a great example of something that brings the whole community together.”
According to Sunday’s report, Commodore season-ticket sales went over 16,200 last week.
The Vanderbilt home schedule includes Ole Miss, Austin Peay, UAB, Missouri, Georgia, Kentucky, and Wake Forest.
It will be interesting to see, at the end of the day, the actual attendance for each game.
For as much as Franklin, his staff, and players have done for the Nashville community by changing the brand of Vanderbilt football, the local community needs to do their part.