I’m not discounting the hangover effect from a 6-7 season, but when a school goes out of its way to make the game day experience both more expensive and less enjoyable, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to many.
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What really irritating is that those who essentially gave up their priority for seats and location by not contributing by February 15th are being allowed a chance to reverse their decision without penalty.
I agree this a load of crap. Those who missed the deadline should not get their original seats back. There should be some penalty for not meeting the deadline. Let a new donor who has never had seats get the seats of those who did not meet the contribution deadline or improve other donors seats if they wish to move up.
Amen. Same for road tickets too. I’m good for most of the games but may be close for Knoxville.
Thank god you guys are not running things.
That is a terrible way to shit on long term donors. So they missed a deadline. BFD. Giving them another chance to rectify the error is smart business.
You don’t treat people like crap when they are GIVING you money. Especially not when the product they have been receiving is far below standard lately.
I had a relative who was a season ticket holder since 1966. Several years ago, when he missed the deadline by a few days — his secretary, who had retired, always took care of sending the check in — he contacted the ticket office, explained what had happened, they were very gracious about it, and he sent in the donation. That is the way to handle things.
I agree to an extent about not closing the door on people making donations. But a) has there ever been an official extension such as this? and b) how about people be responsible adults and meet a frickin deadline (as you would expect children, students or employees to meet) and not complain about missing it?
Man – How many postcards and emails did you get telling you it was February 15th? I received at least two mailings and another four or five emails.
I can understand making an exception if someone hasn’t been late before and made an honest mistake. That’s different than advertising the deadline two days after it passed.
If February 15th isn’t the deadline, what is?
I don’t think people generally move up unless a gamechanging donation is made. It’s been my experience anyway, especially with grouped seats.
I don’t see how it has to be a gamechanging donation. If I gave up my seats, somebody else would get them, even if everybody gave the same amount they gave last year.
I don’t think it is going to change the minds of people who have already given up their seats. Everybody knows what the deadline was. This is an attempt to get fresh blood in the system. They are going to have to bend the rules if the number of season tickets is substantially lower. This is a perfect storm for them.
So, if I haven’t ever donated, I still can?
I’d though about it, but let the deadline pass. Seems like it could be a good opportunity.
You are better off scalping. Between donation and ticket price, I’m looking at about $100 per ticket per game. There are maybe four games in the next two years that will fetch that on the open market.
Great news, Dawg fans! Now you can pay even more money with more restrictions to one the wealthiest football programs in the country to watch a 6-7 team.
I went from four seats to two this year. We’ve been going less and less just because of hectic schedules but didn’t want to lose it completely.
I went from 6 to 2 for the same reasons. It used to be a lot of fun for the whole family but now it is a hassle.
I went from 6 to 4 this year. I always liked having a spare set in case I had some friends join the family. Last year was brutal for trying to move that spare set when we didn’t need them. Nobody wanted to pay face value for most games.
I have given every year for 10 plus years and have the same seats regardless of pleas to move. We are in the section neat the opposing team and with 2 young children it is full of drunks and bad language ticket office just does not care frankly I’d be better off just quitting and buying from stub hub
Newsflash: The “deadline” has never really been a deadline. This is just the first time they’ve announced it like this. It does make it seem that a lot of people gave them up this year though.
Quit going years ago. Ever-changing game times together with restrictions on tailgating on East Cloverhurst, made it impossible to continue. It was an terrific time while it lasted. The donations have done okay without me.
Our sycophant fan base (we are not unique) will support this product regardless of the quality. And that’s fine b/c it’s sometimes more than wins and losses – it’s about generational pride and allegiance. But that check is a lot harder to write when every other quality program (SEC and Nationwide) has won a nc in the past 20 years.
I also think McGarity completely understands the expectations and will eventually get us there.
If only Adams would allow McGarity to take charge of game day in Athens…
Okay so McGarity takes over…then what? Go back to unrestricted tailgating
As opposed to the highly restricted regime that Adams has imposed on North Campus and elsewhere the past decade? Spare me.
McGarity would at least be able to find some middle ground.
Speaking of ground, this school could shell out a few extra bucks for a cleanup crew to come behind the folks on North Campus if they happened to leave it trashed. It’s not like people don’t need the work!
Personally, I welcome the new restrictions. I have been tailgating on north campus for 20 years. Up until 5 or 6 years ago, the atmosphere was pleasant. Then north campus turned into a frat party. It was loud, crowded, unsafe, obnoxious, and dirty.
Last year was like we had turned back the clock 15 years. It’s laid back, uncrowded, quiet, and pleasant. And I don’t mind cleaning up after myself.
I, along with many others, do not have the money I had a couple of years ago. UGA predicts an economic turnaround in 2012. Lets hope so, untill then the Dawgs may have to bite the bullet as far as donations go, be next season a 6-7 or 10-2.
One other change that you didn’t mention is the increase in 1 pm kickoffs. I know that some of them are based on TV selection, but with the increasing number of cupcakes on our future home schedules I suspect we’re looking at the majority of our games kicking at 1.
I don’t buy that. All the extra cupcakes you mention basically amount to one bcs opponent being replaced each year. It’s not like we played zero cupcakes before and have 4 now.
I’m not saying it’s THE reason – just one more reason. My Hartman fund donation is in and on autopilot.
However, if you’re a season ticket holder in the upper deck endzone and looking at this:
The 2011 home schedule is South Carolina, Coastal Carolina, Miss St., New Mexico St, Auburn, and Kentucky.
2012 is Buffalo, Florida Atlantic, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Vandy, Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech.
You WILL be able to go to the choice games, sit in better seats, and spend LESS money by scalping your way in the next two seasons. Guaranteed.
Until we are back in the top ten year after year, contributing season ticket holders are paying above market.
While true, if you are looking to get in on season tickets for the first time and plan on keeping them for years, this is THE year to do so.
1. The 6-7 season will kick a few off the bandwagon.
2. The economy is still crippling.
3. The schedule the next two years is not attractive (as you said).
But if you are going long term, this is the time to buy. Only morons gave $10,000 or more to get new seasons in ’08. Just like with stocks, you buy when bad news hits and sell when everything’s coming up roses. And the ’13 schedule gets Alabama, S. Carolina, and Auburn at home while ’14 is Clemson, LSU, Tennessee, and GT. Plus you never know if we add another decent opponent to fill in the holes.
Point is it is not a good investment if you are just planning on going to the game and don’t care where you sit. But if you plan on having seasons for awhile and especially if you want to go straight to lower level, this is THE TIME.
One major reason that contributions are down is that at UGA is the contributors are finally realizing that a very large percentage of their money is not going into the operations of the athletic teams.
Instead, it is going into the “most profitable athletic board in America”, who is sitting on over $65 million (and growing) of their contributions.
Last year, athletic operations expenses were in the bottom half of the SEC for football and basketball and they were dead last in baseball operations expenses at only $9,406 per participant.
Looking at what the respective SEC institutions are spending, there is a direct corelation to performance on the field and on the court.
UGA is the second largest institution in the SEC, yet they are outspent in these major sports by a wide margin.
It is easy to see that their most of their money is not going into making their teams better.
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