They’re moving the game to the Georgia Dome!

No, not the Georgia-Florida game.  A home game.

Georgia is involved in talks that could result in another high-profile non-conference game, possibly at the Georgia Dome or the Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium.

Color me puzzled.  It’s not as if Georgia doesn’t boast a perfectly lovely facility of its own in the neighborhood, as Groo has noted before.

And it’s going to mean giving up one of those precious home games that Richt and McGarity were thought ready to defend to the death.  Um, what’s that you say, Greg?

McGarity indicated it would come at the expense of a Georgia home game, which would impact business in Athens. But another big-time concert could help offset that, McGarity said, pointing to the Jason Aldean concert in 2013.

If that’s all it takes to make things right with the world, I’d gladly trade a concert at Sanford Stadium every other year for a nine-game conference schedule.  I bet most of the fan base would happily make that deal, too.  Think it through and get back to us, guys.

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56 responses to “They’re moving the game to the Georgia Dome!

  1. Why play games in Atlanta? There’s absolutely 0 benefit for the program. Sanford rocks for high profile OOC games that aren’t 12:00 starts on the SEC Network. The only benefit is the AA can take the game out of the season ticket package and charge what it wants.

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    • Money.

      Or, why are the Braves moving to Cobb County?

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      • My point exactly. Let’s take a game with F$U or some other high-profile opponent and move it away from a real home field advantage to a made for TV event in Atlanta. No big student section, high priced tickets, and you don’t get the same number allocated for your season tickets in a seat location worse than your season tickets.

        We’re wallets – nothing more.

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        • PTC DAWG

          You ready to go home/home on that type of game?

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          • You’re not excited about ND in ’17 and ’19? I would rather go home/home than another neutral site game. In particular, a neutral site game in Atlanta is about money and nothing else. We get no recruiting benefit – no additional exposure – less of a home field advantage.

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            • PTC DAWG

              Yeah, I like it (the ND thing), but with UF in Jax, it’s tough to do very often. Recruits might actually like the idea of a neutral site game in a new stadium, which will be close to home. It sure seems to work for Bama etc…they have made hay…

              Just seeing both sides, now IF I ran a joint in Athens, I would probably see things differently..I know home games bring in a lot of dough.

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    • The 984

      I think we should play one game against Tech in the Dome. Given the current schedule, we have Tennessee and SCAR at home in odd years and Auburn/Tech at home in even years. Tennessee and SCAR aren’t quite the same as Auburn or Tech, in terms of who the fanbase as a whole traditionally cares about, so if we can get Tech onto an alternate home-and-home schedule with Auburn, that would be nice. With one neutral site game in Atlanta, it can be easily done without either side hosting two years in a row.

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  2. DawgFaithful

    I read that quote about the concert last night. I was thinking the exact same thing about the 9 game conference schedule.

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  3. DC Weez

    Gee this could be great. We could see a Directional U game at Arthur’s Arena and a Taylor Swift concert in Athens. Man I’m sure we’re all for that.

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    • Bob

      I could be wrong, but something in my gut tells me 2016. Other than Tech OOC looks crappy (as it does next year). In 16 we have UT, Vandy and Auburn and Tech plus 3 creampuffs. Something tells me we give up one of those for the opener in Atlanta.

      Am I mistaken or was McGarity pretty good buds with Urban Meyer? Jes sayin, might be an opportunity to do that Ohio State game for the series that OSU cancelled couple of years ago. Just guessing.

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      • I would hate this idea.

        Our coaching staff has still not shown an ability to start a season with our hair on fire, and our program still loves to suspend kids for the first 1-4 games for dumb shit.

        The last thing we need is to serve up a big fat OOC win to Urban Crier.

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        • Georgia 45
          Clemson 21

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        • sUGArdaddy

          You know, except for that 2002 classic over Clemson in Athens, the 2003 30-0 shutout with 78 players suspended @ Clemson, a 2005 drubbing of Boise St. in DJ’s debut, a 2007 14-pt win over a decent Okie St. team, and the 2014 21-pt 4th quarter man-handling of a 10-win Clemson team, you’re exactly right.

          I hate the idea, too, but for different reasons.

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          • Uh…….. 2002-2005 UGA is not the same program as what we have currently.

            Okie State sucked.

            This year’s Clemson wasn’t bad, but 1 is not a trend. And again:

            Our coaching staff has still not shown an ability to start a season with our hair on fire

            We didn’t roar out of the tunnel and pummel them. We had a great 4th quarter though.

            Facts, boy. Facts.

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            • Beer Money

              Maybe CJP has brought an intensity here so that we CAN start out with our hair on fire.

              Also, from what I hear from a guy I know who would know, we’ll be playing somebody who has played in the game before. And obviously it won’t be an SEC team. So that kind of narrows it down for you.

              I kind of wonder if we’ll ever get invited to the Dallas or Houston games as well in one of the years Alabama is not heading there since obviously the entire college football universe must give them first right of refusal on everything.

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              • Maybe CJP has brought an intensity here so that we CAN start out with our hair on fire.

                That’s only 25% of the problem.

                We still have an administration that suspends players for 1-4 games for bullshit. We’ve had a number of seasons start off with a whimper in part because of that.

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              • Bazooka Joe

                So we are playing Virginia Tech ?? haha

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        • StuDawg

          I agree. Not putting it all on the coaching staff necessarily, but I don’t see any benefit to scheduling a hard non-conference game at a neutral site to start the season. We put ourselves behind the eight ball with our strict drug policies, which I don’t disagree with, but there is no point in compounding its effects by scheduling a high-profile game against a tough opponent to start the season, away from home.

          I’ll take tech, 3 cupcakes and an SEC schedule, thank you very much. If we take care of business, we will be in a good position.

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      • Pretty sure we’ve only got two creampuffs scheduled for ’16 at the moment. Plus, Tech of course.

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      • Probably not too hard for them to get out of a game with Bowling Green (or move it) but they already have an away game at OU. Is there anything in their scheduling practices that make you think they’re coming south for another OOC Power5 game?

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  4. Ben

    It’s interesting that is is billed as a “home game” away from Athens instead of as a neutral-site game. Call me old fashioned, but the regular season, neutral site “bowl type games” do nothing for me. Play those games on campus, because it’d be so much more fun to win a game at the Big House, the Horseshoe, or Autzen Stadium than at Jerry World or the Dome.

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    • Alkaline

      Back when we played Boise at the Dome, I think UGA was allotted something like 80% of Boise’s tickets in addition to our own. That plus the 7-figure check just for showing up tipped McGarity’s ledger in favor of a “neutral-site” game that was basically a relocated home game.

      I am not in favor of additional neutral-site games. And the only way I want to play in the Dome is if a championship is on the line. Sanford is beautiful and needs to host more high-profile opponents. But I do at least trust McGarity to have valid business reasons for considering it.

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  5. Andrew

    Country-pop eats away at the soul.

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  6. Slaw Dawg

    What kills me is that the game they move will probably be one against a worthy opponent. That means of the 6 games left in Athens, 1/3 would be cupcake games. But, yeah, I’d go for the every other year concert thing in a heartbeat if it meant 9 SEC games a year. Just don’t “kick off” the dang concert at noon, okay?

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  7. Athens Dog

    Lets just move all the games to Falcons stadium…………would be a huge cost benefit to demolish Sanford and build some more parking decks (Heavy sarcasm)

    Idiots

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  8. W Cobb Dawg

    Seems to me we give an advantage to the visiting team when we do this. The only benefit for UGA is the money. Not much in it for the team or fans. We invite an outside U into our lucrative recruiting area. We give up a home game. If we win, its ‘ho hum’. If we lose, we look foolish (like the Boise game).

    This neutral idea doesn’t work well for UGA. Our best recruits are usually in-state. So we don’t have to travel far for exposure. If we play (another) neutral game out of state I don’t see much incentive either.

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    • Beer Money

      Keep in mind though that this is a way to get a more quality opponent to agree to play since it is a one-off thing not a home-and-home. Lots of teams will not be so stupid as to schedule more than one Power 5 conference teams in the same year. Everybody runs into it because EVERYBODY wants to keep their usual number of home games so you would lose that the other year on the return trip.

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  9. sUGArdaddy

    This idea from McGarity is of the worst sort, and I’ve emailed him as such and would encourage you to do the same. Our rivals and chief opponents simply aren’t doing this. Bama is playing one team a year OOC that is on the level of Georgia Tech (VT or WVU). Auburn played K-State this year, but has played one game on the level of a Georgia Tech (Clemson, Wash. St., WVU, Louisville). Tennessee is playing one big time opponent (UCLA, Oregon, Oklahoma, ND). Florida is only playing FSU, with a very rare additional game vs. Miami, but it is very, very rare. LSU often plays one of these games, sometimes home and sometimes neutral (Oregon, WVU, Wisconsin, TCU). But, LSU, Auburn, Tennessee, and Bama DO NOT play an OOC rival home and home each year or play their biggest conference rival at a ‘neutral’ out-of-state location. They can play those games and have 7 home games every year. If they play a home and home instead of neutral, they’ll have 8 home games when the game is at home.

    I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again. During Richt’s tenure, the other 5 traditional SEC Powers (UT, UF, Bama, Auburn & LSU) have an average record of 8.75 wins and 3 losses when they play TWO Power-5 OOC games. Richt’s average record when playing TWO Power-5 OOC games is right on par with that average: 8.625 wins and 3.375 losses. In 2014, with such a schedule, Richt and UGA went the expected 9-3, right on course with the school and conference average.

    Florida, who shares the same scheduling issues as us (other than the fact that the neutral site game is in their home state), has played Miami four times in the last 14 years. Their average record in those years is 7.75 wins and 4.25 losses.

    In Saban’s tenure, Bama has done it once, in 2010. With perhaps Saban’s most talented team, including a heisman RB, a sr. QB, a stacked D and Trent Richardson as a back-up, they played @ Duke and hosted Penn St. They went 9-3, did not win their division and spent Christmas in Orlando at the Citrus/Cap One Bowl. It’s the only season since 2008, when Bama burst on the scene, that the Tide has not gone to a BCS-level bowl.

    Since 2006, when the 12-game schedule became permanent, UGA has had ONE season in which it played 3 cupcakes and only the Tech game as a Power-5 OOC game: 2012. UGA enjoyed their best season in the 2nd half of Richt’s career, his second 1-loss regular season (along with 2002), won the division and played in the most epic SECCG ever, nearly making it to the national championship game. It was certainly the closest we’ve gotten in Richt’s career.

    Playing these games are not a recipe for winning championships. That’s the reason our rivals don’t do it. We’re not doing our team, program and coaches any favors by scheduling them. Instead, we’re hamstringing them further. This isn’t opinion. That’s 14 years of cold, hard facts.

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    • Alkaline

      There is much truth in this. We have unique scheduling issues that almost no other team shares, but we still want the big-name opponents and the championships even though the stats are not in our favor for having it all.

      Following your (excellent) stats, we would need to potentially play UF home/away and drop Tech for any year where we also played in a neutral-site game. Out of the following possible solutions for Out of Conference scheduling, which (any/all) do you think should be pursued?

      1. Schedule only mid-majors at home plus Tech home/away every year from now until forever.
      2. Drop Tech in years where we play another P5 opponent (permanently dropping them will not be an option).
      3. Move the Ga-Fla game to campuses in years where we play another neutral-site game.

      Do you think McGarity or the fanbase are willing to be that flexible?

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  10. DawgPhan

    What we need to do it move that Ga Tech game to the new stadium one year and then go back to home and home with Tech to move Tech and Auburn back to away and home.

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  11. Will Trane

    Dome game. Why is the UF game set in concrete in Jacksonville. Put that game on a rotating basis. One year in Florida and one year in Atlanta. Just like the short scenic ride from Gainesville to Jacksonville for the Gators, the Dawgs can get the short scenic ride from Athens to Atlanta…just think of the roadside beauty between Athens and Atlanta.

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    • Gravidy

      Shhhh…you’ll upset the vacationers.

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      • I don’t go to Jax for multiple reasons, but we shouldn’t leave that venue with our tails between our legs, period.

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        • Gravidy

          What the team should and shouldn’t do in a particular venue can be debated. But many of those who defend the location simply don’t want to lose their vacation in St. Simons, period.

          And that’s perfectly fine with me. Honestly, it is. Nobody owes me an explanation for why they want to keep the game there. I just wish those who do take the time to argue the point would be honest about it.

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          • Bazooka Joe

            That game is a unique experience in college football, something that having in Atlanta can not compare to. The only thing that comes close is the red river shootout between Texas and Oklahoma. These two games should never be messed with.

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            • Russ

              Amen. Tradition is why I like college football. We’re throwing that away for the all-mighty dollar. I could care less about a non-championship game in the Dome. And I hope and pray that we never, EVER wear those abominable power ranger uniforms (or anything other than our…wait for it…traditional uniforms) again.

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              • Gravidy

                I don’t disagree. But you realize the game is in Jax because of the almighty dollar, right? The moment it becomes more profitable to have that series revert to home and home (or to any other location), you can bet it will do so.

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    • Bazooka Joe

      minus 1,000 you leave the Ga/Fla game right where it is…..

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  12. Aladawg

    Let ’em move a cupcake to Atlanta, because it’ll be a nooner anyway. I’m tired of getting screwed with horrible game times, horrible opponents, a diminished game-day experience and the drive to more money. I wrote Morehead about schedules, McGarrity’s money hunger and several other items. No more 3 cupcake game years. Tickets are way too much to waste on a scrimmage. aladawg

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  13. Gene Simmons

    JEEZ-how many ways can McGarity prove that he is an idiot and just doesn’t care about the fans?

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    • Russ

      Well, he’s working on it. I think they can make the music louder, and they should blare commercials between each play. Oh, and there’s a lot of green grass on the field with nothing on it. Sell that bitch! Green grass is boooooooring! Put sponsorship messages on the field!

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  14. HunkerDown

    Haven’t read all the posts above so if this is a repeat I’m sorry. But you can schedule a big time opponent at a neutral site and not have to do a home and home.

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  15. The 984

    Kennesaw State begins playing this season. Maybe we should have a neutral site with them in 2016. I’m sure they’d love to have that kind of money influx into their program that quickly.

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  16. Debby Balcer

    There is no better place to watch football than Sanford stadium. I love going to Jacksonville but my favorite place to watch is at our home stadium with our fans being the 12th man. I love the dome for the championship but if we played Boise State at home our fans would have made a difference. There were a lot of neutral people at the game. Season ticket holders left less tickets at a neutral site than they do at home. Don’t do it McGarity.

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