Thursday night’s celebration was originally scheduled to be held on campus but two hours before the event, school officials decided to move the party inside to the university's multi-purpose facility due to the threat of isolated, pop-up showers in the area.
The Commodores clinched the national title with a 3-2 victory over Virginia Wednesday to claim the College World Series championship in Omaha. It is the first-ever men’s national championship in school history.
Fans had the opportunity to meet the team when they arrived back on campus from Omaha around 1:30 p.m. off of Jess Neely Drive in front of the McGugin Center. Then at 6 p.m., fans were invited to a victory celebration with the team at the multi-purpose facility. Head Coach Tim Corbin and the commodore team spoke to fans.
"It's great for the kids to see, because they can see how much this means to so many other people, besides their own families and the other people who were traveling to Omaha," Corbin said.
"It's remarkable. To see the whole community come together like this, it's kind of what you set out for in the beginning of the year; for a national championship, and fans come on with us. It's just incredible. I'm really happy," said team member Will Cooper.
Many of the fans in the crowd never thought they would see the day a Vanderbilt team would bring a national championship trophy back to campus. Charles Fentress graduated from the university in 1952.
"I never thought this would happen. This is a really special time for Vanderbilt, Nashville, Coach Corbin and these wonderful players," Fentress said.
Fans even had a chance to take a photo with the NCAA national championship trophy.