According to a senior official within the Vanderbilt Student Government (VSG), the Office of Student Athletics has decided to cap the number of undergraduate and graduate students to a total of only 5,000 persons admitted.
There are about 6,200 undergraduate students and around 4,000 graduate students at the University.
The same official, who requested anonymity because an announcement regarding this development has not yet been made by Vanderbilt administration officials, states that though there has been a de jure limit on the number of students admitted to football games in the past, the rule has not been enforced in recent memory.
Under the most recent Vanderbilt student ticket policy, all undergraduate students were theoretically guaranteed a seat in Vanderbilt Stadium, while graduate students were guaranteed the chance to purchase a "game validation sticker" for their student IDs that would permit them to attend football games for around $20.
The new policy may come as a surprise to many Vanderbilt students, who traditionally arrive late in the first quarter.
The VSG official stated that the new policy was necessary since the Auburn game has been sold out for three weeks, largely on the back of record season ticket sales and larger-than-usual volume of sales to parents for Parents Weekend, which coincides with this Saturday's SEC match-up.
The news comes as Vanderbilt-Auburn tickets are reaching prices well above $500 on eBay.com, the online auction website.