Here’s what they’re rolling out for 2015, per Georgiadogs.com:
We don’t want you to miss any of the action on the field, so we have invested a total of $1.3 million to allow for quicker transaction times. New point of sale systems have been installed at all portable and full-service locations that allows you to now use Apple Pay and Google Wallet in addition to credit and debit cards when purchasing your concessions items.s
In addition to faster lines, we have completed the first phrase of a multi-phase project to upgrade the front of the concession stands. The screens on all of the 100 level and West Lower stands have been removed and replaced with roll down doors, allowing a better line of communications between fans and the concessions staff.
In addition to our full-service locations, we have added new locations that will serve bottled beverages in the following locations:
- Field Level, Section 101
- Gate 9, Section 137
- Gate 6 Plaza, Sections 121-124
Verdict: Okay, eyes are on the prize, and I can see how some of these changes could help. But I don’t see anything there about changes to the concessions staff itself. So, wait and see.
We have completed the first phase of a multiphase project to renovate the stadium restrooms. The 100 level restrooms on the East, South and West sides will have new fixtures and amenities.
Verdict: This is both a work in progress and fairly open-ended as to the meaning of the word “renovate”. Considering the hole they need to climb out of, I’m not too impressed.
Football season in the South can be hot, so we’ve done our best to cool things off for you inside and around Sanford Stadium. When you enter the concourse of the 100 level and the seating area in the 200 level look up! We are installing 62 fans from the company Big Ass Fans to improve the airflow throughout the 100 level of the stadium. The fans will range from 6.6 feet in diameter to 8 feet across.
We will have misting tents and cooling stations for the first four home games of the season at Gates 7 and 10, as well as at Reed Plaza to help keep you cool. The tents and stations will be available at the following home games:
- Sept. 10 – Louisiana-Monroe
- Sept. 19 – South Carolina
- Sept. 26 – Southern
- Oct. 3 – Alabama
Verdict: Any solution involving “Big Ass Fans” can’t be all bad, right?
Sky Club and North Side Suites
We have invested $3 million to make significant improvements to the Sky Club and North Side Suites. Highlighting the improvements is the complete refurbishment of the Sky Club located on the South side of Sanford Stadium.
Verdict: Of course they have, bless their hearts. I wonder if they’ve spent as much as the $3 million mentioned here on the rest of the improvements elsewhere combined.
We know that parking can be troublesome on game day. To help relieve some of the stress, you can now call our parking helpline to get information related to campus parking lot. The operator will be able to assist with directions, public handicap availability, the East Campus game day shuttle and other game day information. The operator will not be able to help with selling of open spaces or questions related to Hartman Fund allocations.
Verdict: They’re not even trying anymore.
Get Loud, Show Your Colors
Sanford Stadium is known for it’s electric atmosphere on game day and we’re constantly looking for ways to make it even better!
This season, you will notice a difference in the sound quality as the sound system as been recalibrated and redirected to improve and maximize sound quality throughout the stadium.
Verdict: I have no idea what this means, but I suspect it won’t take long to find out.
All in all, the Masters it ain’t. But that doesn’t mean I’m ready to stop coming on Saturday.