Making us believe you care

In a piece reminiscent of something I posted after last year’s G-Day game, the AJ-C’s Bill King lays into the administration for the subpar state of affairs at Sanford Stadium.

The walk out of Sanford Stadium after the last home game of the season would have been bad enough because of the Dawgs’ disappointing overtime loss. But it was made worse by having to gingerly step through a pool of fetid water in middle of the concourse of the north side’s lower level, apparently the result of some sort of overflow from one of the outdated and overwhelmed restrooms sitting adjacent.

To my left, someone wearing Georgia Tech colors looked down at what we were walking through and sneered, “Ah, the stench of Sanford Stadium!”

There was nothing I could say. It was embarrassing, but, unfortunately, all too typical of a facility that frequently fails to live up to the standards of the football program that calls it home.

Nice.

I’ll say it again – if you want to offer fans a good enough gameday experience to make them spend their time and their hard-earned dollars getting in the car and traveling to Athens in the fall, the first step is convincing them that you really care about offering them “the best gameday experiences in the country”.  And that doesn’t happen with online surveys, better stadium wi-fi or more piped-in music.

It comes with recognizing the strains put on the gameday infrastructure that have resulted from expanding the stadium capacity to 92,000+.  It comes with recognizing that people prefer clean bathrooms.  It comes with using professionals to staff concession stands so that delivery is more efficient allowing fans to spend more time in their seats watching the game.

It comes from making people feel like they’re getting their money’s worth every Saturday by being treated like their interest in Georgia football is the most important thing to the athletic department, instead of feeling like their interest in Georgia football is something that can be taken for granted.

In other words, even though we’re wallets, it doesn’t mean we have to be made to feel like that’s all that matters.  Because eventually we’ll all come to realize there are plenty of other places we can go to be treated like that. With nicer bathrooms.

78 Comments

Filed under Georgia Football

78 responses to “Making us believe you care

  1. You have never written truer words. Service at the concession stands is pathetic. That can be fixed with the right leadership. If you have ever been to a Chick fil a, the line moves non stop. Just got to want to do it.

    Like

    • Go Dawgs!

      Got in line in the Reed Plaza twice this season with 1:30 to go in the second quarter. Did not get to the cash register before the second half kicked off. Shameful.

      Like

    • Bazooka Joe

      Exactly, I sit in the SW side and go down under the bridge for concessions (closest to my seats) and unless you go around the end of the first quarter, you can be guaranteed of missing 1 quarter of the game before you get back to your set. And that’s just for a coke (not quite full, lots of ice… 🙂 )

      Like

  2. Irishdawg

    I’m all for upgrading Sanford, but for some Tech shitbird to complain when that urinal cake smelling dump of theirs still squats in downtown Atlanta, well, I just don’t know what to say

    Like

  3. Rig

    The concession stands and bathrooms in several areas of Sanford are absolutely HORRIBLE.

    Like

    • Bright Idea

      Yes I’m old fashioned but when I go to any stadium with 90,000+ others in a small space I expect an all-day dogfight to include clogged toilets and such. I have been to every SEC stadium except TA&M several times and I see little difference. There are certain problems everywhere, it is inevitable. My game day experience is all about the game on the field. I don’t go to be comfortable or for the tailgate. Bill King expressing his opinion in the AJC further proves we are the whiniest bunch of fans in America. If we all had a porta-potty at our seat and a valet to bring us free concessions we would still complain, that’s just what we do.

      Like

      • Rig

        I’ve been to most of the SEC stadiums and the lines for several of our concession and bathroom areas are the worst I’ve experienced.

        Like

      • Yes I’m old fashioned but when I go to any stadium with 90,000+ others in a small space I expect an all-day dogfight to include clogged toilets and such

        That ain’t gonna cut it in a world with HD TVs, zillions of games broadcast at home, and tons of people having killer home theaters.

        Like

      • Go Dawgs!

        I’ve had better experiences with bathrooms in terms of time and cleanliness at Auburn, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Tennessee, South Carolina AND Vandy in terms of bathrooms. The only reason Ole Miss isn’t on the list is that it’s almost impossible to get out of that end zone visiting seating area. And the food? South Carolina is the only stadium I’ve been to that had lines as bad as ours and food as bad as ours. My goodness, Ole Miss had some of the best barbecue I’ve had in my entire life, and they had barbecue nachos.

        Like

        • Bulldawg Bill

          Historically they’ve needed SOMETHING to get people in that pissant stadium of theirs!

          Like

          • Go Dawgs!

            I mean, that’s great and all. But we’re talking about what we can do better at our stadium. I don’t understand the small man syndrome people seem to have where they have to put other schools down to feel better about themselves. Vaught-Hemingway is smaller than Sanford Stadium, but it’s also run better and a lot cleaner.

            Like

            • Bulldawg Bill

              GD, I’ve been to most of those stadiums too, and they’re no better and no worse than ours. Personally, I’ve never had a problem with the restrooms where I sit and I’ve had season seats since 1980. Fact is, even if Sanford Stadium is as awful as you make it out, we still consistantly manage to fill the thing. That points to superior product on the field, not to mention a superior fan base. Vaught-Hemmingway?? You can have it!!!!!

              Like

              • Go Dawgs!

                I love Sanford Stadium. But you and I both know that there’s a lot that can be done better there. In business and in life you should constantly be striving to improve yourself and the way you do things. Georgia’s made improvements to the stadium, but there is still much that needs to be done because it has been neglected for decades. Rah rah, we’re the Dawgs, go Dawgs and all that. Feel superior if you want to and try to convince others that we’re superior fans. Me, I’d rather do some work and have the BEST facility in college football to go along with the best fans, etc.

                Like

                • Bulldawg Bill

                  GD, There’s not one stadium in the SEC that can’t be doing something better, Sanford included. Operational type things, i.e, simple sanitation, supplies,food service and the like, sure. We can do a bit better. I’ll give you that. But as far as wholesale structural changes, there’s a limit to what you can do in a limited amount of space. There are three main infrastructure items in play here; concession areas, restrooms, and corridor areas, which are already really tight. What do you want, bigger restrooms? Great! you will sacrifice corrridor and/or concession space. And yes, you’re damned right we’re superior!!!!!!!!! Why ? BECAUSE WE ARE DAWGS!!!!!!!! WE ARE BULLDAWG NATION!!!! GET IT THROUGH YOUR HEAD, OR GET ANOTHER TEAM TO FOLLOW! GO DRINK YOOHOO WITH THE NATS, OR SOMETHING! People like you sit on your hands and make Sanford Stadium a less than formidable place for the opposition to play. And at the end of the day, THAT’S what counts!! GO DAWGS!!!

                  Like

                • In other words, pay your damned money and don’t complain? That’s a helluva marketing strategy, friend. I guess you think the SEC is wasting its time with these fan surveys worrying about what can be done to improve the game day experience.

                  As far as “wholesale structural changes” go, let me suggest one obvious one that doesn’t involve moving a single brick: hire more and better personnel for crowd management, concessions and restrooms. It probably wouldn’t hurt to stop treating tailgating like a begrudged chore, either.

                  Like

                • Bulldawg Bill

                  Senator, my man, I said nothing of the type!! Complaining people started this country. But we do have to maintain some perspective here. Operational changes are relatively easy. Structural, not so much. It’s a delicate balancing act between safety and convenience. And I promise you, they won’t sacrifice safety, which is already marginal at best. It’s all about space. Biggest physical change they could make to the restrooms, given the limited space, would be improved water supply lines and drainage redundancy. Given that the concession areas were expanded/enhanced a few years ago, the biggest improvement would indeed be to bring in a professional concessions company. ARA or the old Poss company comes to mind.

                  Like

      • Bazooka Joe

        H,,, weird that we cant get it right but every NFL stadium does get it right ? (or a lot more right than we do…) fact is, $$ needs to be put into Sanford to clean it up. If you are fine sitting in a toilet to watch a game, fine by me, but most others would disagree with you.

        Like

  4. Athens Dog

    And it’s just as bad in Club where you would expect a differnt experience.

    Like

  5. Athens Dog

    But I agrre with Irishdawg,,,,,,,,,Granrt field is an armpit. Screw tech.

    Like

  6. SouthGaDawg

    I have walked through those concourses since the 1970’s, and I can honestly say that they look exactly the same – signage, concessions, etc. I’m no stadium logistics expert and I haven’t been to another major university stadium in several years (other than the Ga Dome), so I have no comparison. I never really thought about it until I read the article this morning. I’d like to hear from the fan base to see what our peer stadiums look like in those concourse/concessions areas.

    Like

    • JCDAWG83

      In the past four years, I have been to Clemson and South Carolina’s stadiums. South Carolina does a much better job of filling the blank concrete areas inside the stadium with all sorts of chicken football junk. They really don’t have much to put up in the way of championships (one ACC championship in 1969 with a 7-4 record, not exactly anything to hang your hat on) but they do a great job of showing off their relative successes and have the program’s current record holders in yds, catches, etc displayed in the stadium. Their bathroom and concession situation is not much better than Sanford and getting in and out is equally bothersome. I think they suffer from the same issues we do, the stadium was originally built to hold 50,000 and now holds 85,000. It is difficult to impossible to enlarge walkways and concourses and it is also very difficult to add restrooms to existing stadium areas.

      Clemson, on the other hand, puts Sanford to shame with regards to the game day experience. Concourses are wide, restrooms are large and clean and getting in and out is very easy. The location of the stadium, on the outer edge of the campus, helps with making it easier to get in and out because everyone is not funneled into a few narrow entry areas. The nicest thing about a game at Clemson is that you are allowed to re enter the stadium. People are free to leave, go to their tailgate, go outside to smoke, do whatever they like and come back in as long as they have a ticket.

      On a side issue, the tailgating at Clemson is the best I have experienced. The Clemson admin and city leaders appear to actually welcome the fans who come to the games.

      Like

      • reipar

        Yes the concourses at Clemson are wide, but that hardly helps when you cannot get into a restroom and back to your seat without missing an entire quarter. I have been to three Clemson games and still never used the bathroom lol.

        Like

        • JCDAWG83

          I don’t think it’s possible to have enough restrooms in one facility to accommodate 90,000+ people, the majority of which have been drinking alcohol for a few hours before they arrive. I’d be happy if the restrooms were clean and we could leave and re enter during the game and they put something visually appealing on the blank concrete slabs (not advertising) and turned down or eliminated the ridiculous piped in music. The other problems are pretty well impossible to remedy without building a new stadium.

          Like

    • reipar

      I sit over on the Reed Plaza side so my view might be skewed, but we compare very favorably. Of course Bill King lost me when he started worrying about banners, busts, murals, and that the Reed Plaza bathrooms are utilitarian.

      Personally I think our concourse are is almost identical to Clemson, Auburn, and UT. It is behind Bama and FSU. Ahead of Arky, Vandy, and Tech. And light years ahead of Mizzou.

      Like

  7. reipar

    I understand why they use the volunteer groups to run the concession stands and it is a very good cause and good PR. However, at some point you have to give the people who are actually paying customer service. The stadium is simply too big now to have a different set of inexperienced kids trying to run the concession stands every Saturday. I mean they use to have boy scouts as ushers and they stopped that tradition about 15 years ago due to safety concerns. Change can happen.

    Like

    • 79Dawg

      Have been saying this for years!!! It is nice to throw the local groups some coin, but they have no freaking idea what they are doing and are completely unorganized.

      Like

  8. Mayor

    Senator, everything you said in your post is true and exactly the reasons why I don’t go to games in Athens any more.

    Like

  9. W Cobb Dawg

    BM has been asleep at the switch for years, if not decades. Since changes have already been undertaken to fix some of the football teams deficiencies, we may as well continue with a thorough housecleaning and get some admin professionals who are going earn their pay and be proactive. No sense discussing shit with McGarity. He doesn’t do anything til his back’s to the wall. Alums need to go straight to Morehead.

    Like

    • BM has been asleep at the switch for years, if not decades.

      100% right.

      No sense discussing shit with McGarity. He doesn’t do anything til his back’s to the wall.

      Sad truth.

      Like

      • Bazooka Joe

        Yep – BM is more interested in putting any/all $$ into the fund so he can go to the next board meeting and show them what a great steward of the fund he is. Screw everything and everyone else.

        Like

  10. 3rdandGrantham

    Completely agree on restrooms, concessions, and the like, but completely disagree on the importance of wifi. Myriad studies have been done around the country concerning this, and wifi limitations are among the biggest gripes among fans attending sporting events (whether in Athens or Ann Arbor).

    Many universities and pro teams are actively upgrading wifi capacity to meet demand, as fans not only want consistent smartphone functionality during games, they also want to share their ongoing experience with others (e.g. updating Facebook with in-stadium pics, texting, etc.), which, in essence, serves as a marketing component in relation to future games.

    Online social outlets like Facebook isn’t exactly my cup of tea, but it certainly is for most. And its not just limited to students either, but older Americans are now firmly entrenched in the whole online social wave too (Facebook’s most growing segment in ’14 was those aged 50 and above).

    Like

    • Bazooka Joe

      Not me (not that my opinion matters because it doesn’t) but to me stuff like Face book is a total waste of time and…… ok I wont go on…

      Like

  11. tess

    It’s been decades since I was in Clemson or SC’s stadiums, but we were at Kentucky’s in 2010, and just could not have been more impressed with how everything was run. UK seems to have figured out that when you are dealing with a certain percentage of people who are unfamiliar with their location, friendly human assistance can keep everyone moving, which goes a long way toward keeping everyone happy.

    Upon entering the stadium (a smooth and quick process), we were immediately greeted by an older gentleman in a royal blue sports coat, tie, and gray pants who asked us if we needed any help finding our seats, somewhat moving us out of traffic to provide us directions. There were a handful of these guys at the entrance, as well as at the entry to each aisle. We didn’t have far to go, but as we walked past the man at the aisle, he asked us for our seat number, we told him and he pointed us in the direction we wanted to go at the bottom of the steps.

    It was helpful AND friendly, and they knew to focus on those in visiting colors who looked like they were trying to find their ways; people in blue would just smile and say hi to them as they passed–making me think that perhaps they are regulars, people who are seen in the same spots on each weekend, and it was just incredibly pleasant. It was nice to have someone obvious to ask for directions, and it absolutely kept the masses moving.

    Also, there wasn’t trash in the parking lot next to the stadium that we walked through to get to our shuttle (which dropped us off about 1/2 block from the door to our hotel). Apparently they have people come clean up during the game, even night games, so the campus doesn’t rot overnight. (Imagine that!)

    Like

    • tess

      (sorry this was so long)

      Like

      • 3rdandGrantham

        No man, that was great. The only viable excuse UGA has (in comparison to your UK experience) is there are 30-40k less fans that UK has to deal with, but otherwise you’re absolutely right. Also, UK football fans are similar to ACC fans—very laid back and not anywhere near as passionate as hardcore SEC ones.

        Outside of a noon tilt against Vandy, I’ll never take my young kids to Sanford Stadium. UVA, meanwhile, is a far better experience overall for families, without all the hassles (not to mention the ubiquitous drunk, trashy fans UGA is subjected to).

        Like

        • JCDAWG83

          You will probably want to avoid taking your kids to any afternoon or night game at any big time football school, and you will want to avoid an NFL game like the plague. I have seen very little difference in the fans at any large stadium I have been to, Georgia doesn’t have a monopoly on drunk, trashy fans.

          Like

    • Bulldawg Bill

      Tess, you can’t put KY in the same class as Clemson, or even USCe. It’s easy when you have a stadium that seats what, 60,000 or so that’s never more than 2/3 full, usually less.

      Like

  12. Russ

    Fuck Tech. They have absolutely no room to talk with that dump they call a stadium. Hell, the bathrooms on the visitors side still have exposed dirt from the original excavation!

    Like

    • Russ

      Nice, my potty mouth comment comes right after JC’s comment about drunk, trashy fans. And I’m sober.
      So I apologize for my rude language but not the intent. Tech has zero room to talk.

      Like

  13. Spike

    Give us parking !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Like

  14. Ant123

    Senator,
    Well said!

    Like

  15. The bathroom at the Clemson game this year looked like it hadn’t been cleaned since the Reagan administration. Gave up on getting a hot dog after three concession stands were out. Easy fixes but they are never fixed.

    Like

  16. HillDawg

    Been in all the SEC stadiums except A&M. Also attended games at Clemson, NC State, FSU, Michigan, Michigan State, BYU, Valdosta State, georgia tech and Nebraska. Didn’t see a men’s restroom in any of those stadiums as bad as the one back of Section 127 is by game time. Started season tickets in ’64. No real change. Out of towels, dirty sinks (0nly two), wet floors, over crowded ( way too small), not well lighted, out of soap. After 50 years you get use to it.

    Like

    • CLT Dawg

      Went to the A&M-Mizzou game this year & was so much more impressed with their stadium than our own. Pretty easy in/out, the stadium entrance moved pretty quickly, open & wide concourses, friendly people, not a lot of obnoxious drunks, and very clean. Their fans are mostly alums & their kids, so there is a bigger respect factor than at most places. Once they finish the upgrade to the other side this year, they’ll have the nicest stadium in the SEC.

      Like

      • Cojones

        Was about to say that they had dynamited those nice restrooms until you pointed out the opposite side was dynamited. Very thoughtful of A&M to renovate the Cadet Corps side. Are the seats going to be like bike seats that are adjustable up and down to fit the varying heights of the standing cadets? Or are they just going to do away with all cadet seats? They don’t use them during the game anyway.

        Like

  17. I think the Reed plaza was an excellent improvement. They also got rid of those concessions north & south that impeded most the traffic. I think they should move the gates to the bridge on the north side and have a terraced plaza area and maybe make a plaza on that alley behind chemistry (?) so that more people can comfortably get in. That they have parking literally 20 feet from the stadium is absurd (& I’ve parked there before so no sour grapes). The concessions are dreadful. I used the big one with high school kids at gate 6 and will never go back. I took my kids to a nooner this year and waited 40 mins to get lunch for them.

    I can also add that they have cut corners elsewhere. A guy painting my house this summer was brought in at the last minute to reliant the skyboxes b/c the original sub did such a crap job.

    Finally, the staff and food on the skyboxes has gone down. The staff used to be outstanding students and working the box was an honor. I knew a guy that was an MBA that did it. Not so anymore (based on my conversations with them). I’m not convinced they are even students.

    Like

  18. JTP

    We can’t even make Hartman Fund donations via Amex, because it costs the athletic association a couple more bucks to process.

    Like

  19. kdawg

    Now that an IPF is on the way the list of things to b**tch about is getting smaller and smaller. I see we have found the next grip de jour. I am not a season ticket holder, but I am an alum. I go to 1-2 games a year and I find that, aside from the traffic leaving Athens, my experiences have been very pleasurable. But hey, I go to watch a football game, I guess that’s my fault. I didn’t know I was suppose to expect gourmet food and gold plated toilets. And if the bathrooms aren’t to your liking, that’s mostly the fault of the patrons who are using the bathrooms, ammiright? Flush the toilets, throw the paper towels in the trash cans and hey the bathrooms are pleasant

    Like

    • Bulldawg Bill

      And they should aim too, please!! (See what I did there??)

      Like

    • I link to a post of mine that’s almost a year old and you call it my “gripe de jour”? Ho-kay.

      Like

      • kdawg

        I wasn’t necessarily singling you out Senator. I have read your blog everyday for 5 years(part of my daily dawg porn), so I know your stance on wanting a better game day experience. But the Bill King piece is not a year old, and it just seems that Bulldog Nation is just moving on to the next thing to gripe about. I don’t know, I guess I am just tired of UGA fans constantly beating down on the program that I love. I understand improvements can be made to make “Saturday In Athens” better, but it does appear that the tide(no pun intended) is turning in that aspect. Everything can’t be done at once and it does appear that improvements are occurring and I am sure will continue to occur.

        Like

        • I wasn’t making the point merely for selfish reasons. Even the school admits it’s concerned about providing an attractive game day experience. If you don’t give fans a comfortable venue, some won’t come back.

          Thanks for the blog love, btw.

          Like

    • Bazooka Joe

      Nobody is talking about gold plated toilets – we just don’t want sewage filled restrooms and we should demand better. If you think that’s ok, but time you go to a game, go roll around the floor of a restroom .

      Like

  20. Bulldog Joe

    I see we had a lot of fans here who bit on the annual AJC pre-signing day troll bait.

    Hook, line, and sinker.

    Like

  21. What is everybody complaining about? Greg likes the stadium just the way it is! 😉

    Like

    • Cojones

      Can solve much of the restroom crowding problem with a sign with an arrow pointing to these digs that says: “Gametime Restroom-use Overflow Restrooms”. Guarantee the stadium suite crowd will see to it that the unwashed masses won’t have to enter upstairs.

      Like

      • 79Dawg

        That’s the problem – he never leaves his suite. What other facility manager do you know who doesn’t go down during events to see how the operations are ACTUALLY (not) working and see what improvements could be made.
        I will give you one HUGE example – the northeast stairs/ramps send you down, into a pit, below grade, after the game – to get up to exit the stadium, 10,000 people have to go up about 8 steps, but the staircase is only wide enough for 2 people at a time. How the hell they couldn’t have leveled this off so the ramp exits at street grade by now is beyond me…

        Like

  22. Joe Smaha

    There should not be any excuse for filthy restrooms and running out of paper towels, soap or toilet paper. Put experienced people in those restrooms and build a supply closet large enough to accommodate the supplies needed to operate first class restrooms, they can be old but they should be kept clean and well serviced with clean urinals, toilets, and sinks along with large refuse cans for waste. Hire a professional cleaning service with well trained personnel will solve the problem. If more restroom facilities are needed, that is a space issue very difficult to solve with the present stadium so it seems that better service is the best answer. Major problem is the flood of Fans that want to go to the restroom right before or during halftime. The only way to solve that is the fans too understand the problem and use the restrooms at a less crowded time.

    Like

    • tess

      The women’s rooms are much improved this season. We had at least one attendant (two for games like Auburn) who swept out and checked each stall as you left, as well as waving people around to empty ones to keep the lines moving. She had a cart with toilet paper and paper towels, and kept the cans from being over-flowed. It helps that this is the bathroom closest to quite a lot of the players’ mothers, sisters, grandmas, etc.

      My husband’s experience was not at all changed, though, still too disgusting for him to even share with detail, so I made a point of complaining about the men’s room when I received both GAA and SEC surveys about the stadium this fall. I hope they pay attention to it, maybe the players’ fathers, brothers, grandpas, etc. would need to say something for a similar improvement.

      Like

  23. Cojones

    Yeah, if you drink, bring a couple of unfilled Whizzzinators strapped to your legs. Don’t forget which is the drinkin’ and which is the peein’ side.

    Gee, maybe the idea of a covered Sanford stadium with retractable roof for IPF and game day inclement weather, along with renovated restrooms and adjoining updated athletic facilities, could save a buck in consolidation. What kind of weight of $100 bills would be needed to contemplate such an outrageous shortcut to the future right now?

    Like

  24. Aladawg

    Senator,
    As I recounted to you in my letter to Morehead, the Gameday experience gets worse and worse. This includes “Nooners”, Parking, Scheduling Patsies, Concessions, Restrooms and ad infinitum. I’ve been to all the SEC stadiums except A & M including Little Rock, Legion and Jax along with many bowl games. While we may not be the worst, Kentucky, Vandy, Alabama, Fayettville and Missouri’s total game experience are much better IMO. I have yet to have heard back from Morehead and donation time is imminent. Ah, but do they really care. I’ve seen 2 surveys this year, but seen no results from the SEC and UGA surveys; has anyone else seen any results?

    Like

    • If you think mizzou is even close to being decent I guarantee you will not hear back from anyone. They are notoriously the worst in the sec on every front. They were actually considered second tier when they were in the big 12.

      Like

  25. JCDAWG83

    Bottom line is, like everything else associated with Georgia football, if the checks keep coming in, nothing will change.

    Like

  26. Id sit on barbed wire if UGA won the game. Its the sit on yur hands fans whinin about the bathrooms. Git off your seat and cheer quit worrin bout the lux box

    Like

    • Seriously, I don’t get attitudes like this. You spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on season tickets and you’re just supposed to put up with whatever? Hell, if that’s the case, why have bathrooms at all? Why not replace the concession stands with water fountains? And while we’re at it, let’s ban tailgating – that would take care of the trash problem, right?

      If you took out all the seating, everybody would have to stand all game. Sounds like that would be a real win-win for you.

      Georgia football is an entertainment, a hobby. It’s not the same thing as having to go to the DMV to renew your driver’s license.

      Like

      • Bazooka Joe

        Im with you Senator… and put a trench in front of each row of seats so you don’t even have to leave your seat to go to the bathroom !

        Like

  27. McGarity is on it. He will start a fund raising campaign. Fans can contribute to a toilet paper and paper towel fund. Once donations get high enough he will stock the rest rooms. If the fans want toilet paper they can vote for toilet paper with their wallets.

    Like

  28. Go Dawgs!

    If Greg McGarity really cares about improving the experience for fans (he doesn’t, the stadium will be full for most conference games regardless) he needs to put on a t-shirt and a ball cap and grab a ticket for the 100 level or 300 level from the ticket office and go to a game. Cash in some of that athletic department surplus on a hotel room in Atlanta so he can drive in to town like the rest of us and try to find parking without one of the gilded parking passes purchased by the highest priced donors who can get there ten minutes before game time. Then he needs to try to navigate the stadium during a game. Try to buy food. Drink some Cokes so he has to actually try to void himself during a ball game without missing half of a quarter. Let him try to find a concession stand with ice in the second half of a hot game. Don’t eat too much, though, because it’s preferable to just leave the game and hear about it later than to try to do #2 at Sanford Stadium.

    THEN, after living that experience once or maybe twice, he needs to get a ticket to some of our away games and see how the other schools do it. We’re at Auburn this year, and they’ve done an amazing job with J-H Stadium. Go to Neyland. Go to some of these other places that do a better job than Georgia. And then DO SOMETHING. No more high school bands running the concession stands. If you care about them, donate a portion of the proceeds after you have professionals run concessions. Get better food. Seriously, Greg, eat one of those hot dogs you’re serving to people at $6.00 a pop. And spend some money on the stadium. It’s beautiful in the seating areas. Most other places? Not really.

    Like

  29. Pingback: Butts-Mehre thanks you for your support. | Get The Picture