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Vanderbilt selling naming rights for Vanderbilt Stadium

There’s no way this could possibly end badly.

Austin Peay v Vanderbilt Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

There’s no way this can possibly end badly.

Since the last major renovations in 1981, Vanderbilt’s home football field has simply been known as the extremely generic Vanderbilt Stadium (though the playing surface is still called Dudley Field, an homage to the original football stadium that stood on the current site which was built in 1922.) It isn’t even named for any person, except for technically Cornelius Vanderbilt by extension.

So I guess you could come up with a better name for it, but we’re gonna sell naming rights to the highest bidder. Some on Twitter have suggested naming it for local business Dollar General and... I can’t say that would be a great look. But we’re about to get a generic corporate name for our football stadium.

Vanderbilt wouldn’t be the first SEC school to go this route — that would be Kentucky, whose football stadium was renamed Kroger Field in 2017. And if it pays for some upgrades to the stadium, hey, cool. Just don’t name it something embarrassing, okay?