It’s only Rock ‘n’ Roll, but they like it.

The Rolling Stones are playing historic Grant Field in June.  This isn’t the typical event Georgia Tech hosts, but there’s a method to the madness.

Concerts at the historic stadium are pretty rare, but in this case, the athletic department saw inviting the Rolling Stones as an outside-the-box way to generate revenue to help cover the full cost of attendance.

In total, Bobinski said covering cost of attendance will add an extra $500,000 to the school’s athletic department budget. He said Georgia Tech is expected to receive at least half that amount from the concert.

“The reason we’re doing that is not because we want to have a concert on our great football turf, it is to find ways to generate other revenues,” Bobinski said. “We have to look for other things to fill in the gaps.”

Fill in the gaps, eh?  Might I suggest hosting Dragon*Con one year?  That would raise a few bucks.  As a bonus, you’d be giving a portion of your student population a reason to learn where the football stadium is located.

57 Comments

Filed under Georgia Tech Football, It's Just Bidness

57 responses to “It’s only Rock ‘n’ Roll, but they like it.

  1. Dog in Fla

    “We have to look for other things to fill in the gaps.”

    No one could have predicted the yellow jackets would invite a king bee to buzz all night long

    Like

    • I went to several “Champagne Jams” at Historic Bobby Dodd back in the 1970’s. I think it is fair to say that the artificial turf suffered considerable burn damage.

      Like

      • Russ

        Was about to post the same thing. I believe the first one was the Dog Days Rock Fest, which was an appropriate name for a concert held on Vince Dooley Field. Great shows.

        Like

      • Dog in Fla

        Who doesn’t love the smell of scorched artificial turf in the evening?

        Like

      • Cojones

        You crazy bastards. You can’t smoke artificial turf. However, you can rip it up and roll a spleef of ganja in it.

        Like

    • Macallanlover

      I doubt the “king bee’s” stinger can buzz all night any longer, even with the advanced meds he is known to enjoy. 🙂

      I would advise them to not stroll around the hood near there, before or after the concert.

      Like

      • Dog in Fla

        I hope he doesn’t buzz up all his energy in historic Grant Field before we see him in his next show in the unremarkable Citrus Bowl close to historic Orange Blossom Trail where the hookers look for costs of attendance among other things to fill in the gaps not to mention the usual super-hot high class escort ladies that somehow manage to find their way into Stones’ shows 🙂

        Like

      • Irwin R. Flecher

        ‘not to stroll around the hood near there’…

        Seriously, you know Techwood Homes got razed 20 years ago, right?

        If it is a Tech joke, have at it. If it is an Atlanta is crime ridden joke, you’ve missed your mark by about two decades.

        Like

        • Macallanlover

          It was more a dig at Atlanta, and GT. When asked, I advise anyone to avoid midtown, and downtown Atlanta, unless they have to go. Other than one restaurant I go to occasionally, an, also occasional, trip to the Dome for the SECCG :), and one concert at Phillips I attended last year I don’t go myself. I won’t ever attend another concert at Phillips but I will go to the Fox when something interests me enough. And no, I haven’t noticed the change regarding Techwood Homes, the only time I have been on that side of 85/75 is when I did some business with Coca Cola over ten years ago.

          If you like the area, have at it. Unfortunately I get Atlanta news on Direct TV where I live, that is all the Atlanta I need, by a lot, “Atlanta is crime ridden” is no joke to me, it is sad.

          Like

          • Irwin R. Flecher

            It’s not sad; it’s just out of touch.

            Like

            • Dog in Fla

              If that’s the case, why not send Mac some flowers. He’ll appreciate the thought even if it’s not from the Eagles

              Like

            • Will (The Other One)

              Yeah, but if fewer people know about Antico and Crooks & Soldiers and The Optimist, the easier it is to get a table. Much like my OTP friends who were nervous parking near Smith’s Olde Bar (didn’t have the heart to tell them that the tiniest houses nearby were worth twice their McMansion, or that Morningside Elementary is the exact opposite of what people think of when they hear Atlanta Public Schools.)

              Like

            • PTC DAWG

              Agreed, like you said about 20 years behind. I live OTP, but I am not concerned with going ITP at any time. Lots of money to be made in gentrifying areas.

              Like

            • Macallanlover

              Right, the ATL is very desirable…..got it. As I said, everyone has choices, nothing wrong with differing views on what they prefer.

              Like

              • Of course it is fine for folks to have different tastes about the city. The point was not whether your opinion that you don’t like Atlanta was wrong; instead, the fact you asserted about the neighborhoods around Tech is outdated and wrong.

                If you prefer to not live in midtown because of the traffic, noise, size of homes and yards, weather, or any reason, that is great.

                The cliche about tech being in the middle of a slum is as outdated as the sting talk cliches about UGA that involve Jan Kemp and her complaints.

                Like

                • Macallanlover

                  And I agree with that attitude, and said so. It would be a small minority on here that would ever choose the environs I chose to move to in the mountains. To each their own. But my opinion about urban areas is not outdated at all, it is simply my opinion. I also don’t like other schools located in metro areas, even Vandy, which is in an area of Nashville that I like a lot. You can add, FSU, NC State, TN, UCLA, etc, to that list. Just an opinion. As stated, I haven’t been on the south side of 85/75 in over 10 years, but it is still in Atlanta whether Techwood Homes is still standing or not, and urban areas in the US, to me, are things to be avoided as much as you can. As Atlanta’s sprawl increases in size, I increase my “stay away” area. I am hoping Hal’s opens a suburban location OTP soon.

                  Like

                • Gaskilldawg

                  I did not say your opinion was outdated. I said your fact was outdated.

                  Like

          • West Midtown ( the area bordering Tech to the west, along Marietta Street) , Atlantic Station and Home Park (the area bordering Tech to the North) and midtown (around the Fox Theatre, to the east of Tech across the expressway) are dangerous if a bunch of 30ish MBA types scare you.

            Like

  2. Frank Dawg

    They get the Rolling Stones. We get Jason Alden. Good grief that is sad.

    Like

    • Irwin R. Flecher

      I had to sign up for an account with Georgia Tech tickets to hear the Stones live. Just a shame.

      I am excited about the show. Saw the concert from Hyde Park last year and they still sounded relatively good.

      Like

    • Will (The Other One)

      Still not as bad as them getting Pink Floyd in ’94, and Athens getting the B-52s. I mean sure, one’s a local legend. But Floyd had NASA folks working on their light show for that tour…

      Like

  3. PTC DAWG

    Stones played there in 89 with Living Color opening….twas a good show.

    Like

  4. Nate Dawg

    I know Mark Richt is only 7-0 there…but I like it…

    Like

  5. 202dawg

    I’m seeing them in KC for the first time come June. Arrowhead should be rocking…

    Like

  6. Russ

    Speaking of music, I was sad to hear that Percy Sledge has passed away. Even though it’s almost cliche’ now, I loved hearing him belt out “When a Man Loves a Woman”. Saw him in a club several years back and he sang it about 4 times that night. He knew where his bread was buttered. Great song, even if it was almost ruined by that no-talent ass clown Michael Bolton.

    Like

  7. BoroDawg

    Hear yea hear yea, Bobby Dodd stadium will be sold out for the first time since 19-ought eleventeen, not counting when they play Georgia at home and 70% are Georgia fans.

    Like

    • Hmmm… it was sold out for a Simon and Garfunkel concert back in the day. Great show. If anyone here ever played guitar they can appreciate Simon. My skill set only grew so much. It lead to my very talented roommate remarking once “you have very skilled mechanics, a little talent but are very far from genius” We barely spoke after that remark. I was a little thin skinned back in the day. lol.

      Like

      • Bad Byron

        Our high school football coach on the team from the mid 70’s ….the biggest lineman was 190 lbs with rocks in his pockets. “Coach, where are your linemen? Well, they’re right here! They may be small, but they’re slow!”

        Like

  8. Mudcats Impala...

    I remember going to the Champagne jams from the late 70’s @ BDS…
    1978
    Atlanta Rhythm Section
    Santana
    The Doobie Brothers
    Eddie Money
    Mose Jones
    Mother’s Finest

    1979
    Aerosmith
    Atlanta Rhythm Section
    Cars
    Dixie Dregs
    Whiteface

    Also a concert in prolly ’76-’77 at BDS with Seegar, Heart, Johnny & Edgar Winters, Cheap Trick etc… Think it was called Summer Starburst or something like that… Too many brain cells lost to remember for sure…

    Like

  9. Thatguy

    I have the ‘privilege’ of working at GTU, and am planning to be ‘sick’ or working remote that day. No way in hell I’ll be anywhere near that campus when the Stones roll in.

    That said, I caught Pink Floyd there in ’93. Brilliant show.

    As for the GTU area being crime-ridden or not, there’s been 1-2 stories a month for the last couple years about GTU students being robbed/assaulted on or near campus. Turns out, nerds walking around after dark are easy pickings, and are often packing several thousand dollars of portable electronics.

    Like

  10. Mayor

    If the Stones are playing Tech, I’ll pick Tech and lay 7 points, but only because the game is a home game for Tech. On a neutral field it’s an even game.

    Like

  11. www

    Lulz. DragonCon. I see what you did there. Again. The DragonCon joke!

    Like

  12. Cosmic Dawg

    I’m sure many of you have seen the Atlanta Time Machine website and FB page. Lots of music there.

    Like

  13. Bulldog Joe

    Rumor has it the Stones have released their setlist for the Techies:

    “Some Girls”
    “Waiting on a Friend”
    “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
    “I Wanna Be Your Man”
    “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”
    “19th Nervous Breakdown”
    “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)”
    “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
    “She’s So Cold”
    “Fool to Cry”
    “As Tears Go By”
    “Emotional Rescue”
    “Undercover of the Night”
    “Rocks Off”
    “Sticky Fingers”
    “Think I’m Going Mad”
    “Paint It Black”

    Like

  14. DB

    This post cost me $1664. And I like it, yes I do!

    Like