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The second annual Black and Gold Spring Game, the featured spring attraction for the Commodore football squad, is scheduled Saturday, April 14 in Vanderbilt Stadium.

The spring game, slated to start at 6 p.m, is part of an important Black & Gold Weekend on campus for Vanderbilt Athletics. In addition to the key football scrimmage, Tim Corbin’s Commodore baseball squad hosts Auburn in a three-game Southeastern Conference series at Hawkins Field and the nationally ranked women’s tennis team welcomes Kentucky to the Currey Tennis Center.

The Black & Gold Spring Game is free to the public. Tickets also remain for all three Vanderbilt-Auburn baseball games, and are available at vucommodores.com.

Vanderbilt fans can also enjoy a fireworks display following the spring game.

An array of fan activities are scheduled in conjunction with the weekend. On Saturday, pregame tailgating is available on Jess Neely Drive and in surface lots across Natchez Trace from the John Rich Practice Facility and Vanderbilt Track & Field Complex. Free inflatable activities for kids will be available between Gates 2-3 of the football stadium. An assortment of field day activities for youngsters also is on tap on the Dudley Field playing surface from 4-5 p.m. prior to the spring game.

Vanderbilt Football Head Coach James Franklin wants to see a huge crowd of supportive Commodore fans for all three sporting events.

“We had so much fun last year with the spring game and we want to make it bigger and better,” Franklin said. “I think it’s tremendous that the Black & Gold Spring Game follows a baseball game. I want to see Commodore fans fill up Hawkins Field to support the baseball team, then come into the stadium and see their football team in action.”

Last year, Franklin’s first on campus, the head coach reintroduced Vanderbilt fans to a competitive spring game featuring equally divided Black vs. Gold squads. The largest spring crowd on campus in decades watched the Black squad earn a 19-7 victory.

The 2011 spring game provided Commodore fans with their first glimpse of Franklin’s squad that eventually would go 6-6 during the regular season and play in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. An estimated 30,000 Vanderbilt fans made their way to Memphis to cheer on the Commodores at the bowl.

Additional Black & Gold Spring Game activities for fans are likely to be announced as the game nears.

Here’s a complete schedule of the Black & Gold Weekend:

Friday, April 13<br/>6 p.m. Vanderbilt baseball vs. Auburn, Hawkins Field

Saturday, April 14<br/>12 noon Vanderbilt women’s tennis vs. Kentucky, Currey Center, (free admission)<br/>2 p.m. Vanderbilt baseball vs. Auburn, Hawkins Field<br/>6 p.m. Vanderbilt Black & Gold Spring Game, Vanderbilt Stadium, (free admission)<br/>8 p.m. Post-Spring Game Fireworks

Sunday, April 15<br/>1 p.m. Vanderbilt baseball vs. Auburn, Hawkins Field

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