NASHVILLE – The 2018-19 Commodore athletic season unofficially got underway on Saturday afternoon as thousands of fans filed into the Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility for Dore Jam.
The event, which is in its 17thyear, offered attendees an opportunity to interact with student-athletes, get autographs, listen to live music and participate in an array of family-oriented activities.
The Vanderbilt football team, which closed its second fall practice earlier in the day, greeted attendees, led by head coach Derek Mason. Darren Ambrose and the Vandy women's soccer team, fresh off a NCAA Tournament appearance a season ago, were also on hand to sign schedule posters and interact with attendees.
As part of the festivities, Vanderbilt athletics announced the winner of its #OutAnchoringNate contest, in which fans were invited to show their Commodore pride for a chance to take home a pair of football season tickets. This year's winner was Scott Feinstein.
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The Vandy soccer program opens its campaign one week from Thursday with a visit to Florida State. The Dores play a pair of road matches before returning home to host the Music City Invitational, beginning Aug. 24 when the team faces Miami (FL).
The Commodore football program opens the season with two home games: Middle Tennessee on Sept. 1 and Nevada on Sept. 8. The squad will play four of its first five games at Vanderbilt Stadium including welcoming South Carolina on Sept. 22 and Tennessee State on Sept. 29.