Evidently, there’s a G-Day plan.

Or so Greg McGarity is saying.

I asked Georgia’s athletic director, Greg McGarity, on Tuesday if he was concerned about not being able to fulfill Smart’s lofty goal.

“Absolutely not,” he said. “There’s no doubt in my mind it will happen. … If we don’t we’ll be disappointed.”

Planning has been ongoing since the turn of the new year. The April 16 event (4 p.m.) is being treated internally just like a fall Saturday home game. Every nook and cranny of Sanford Stadium will be open, every concession stand stocked to the max, every bathroom open. Police will be out en force and parking will be complicated, but a plan is being forged and will be unveiled around the time spring practice commences on March 15.

“For a lot of people, this will be their only opportunity to be in a historic venue, and we want them to have the total fan experience that day,” McGarity said.

The “total fan experience”?  This I gotta see.

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40 responses to “Evidently, there’s a G-Day plan.

  1. Five points dweller

    And no mention of wifi…….

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  2. … and PA speakers piping hot music right through our ear drums?

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    • Just Chuck (The Other One)

      If you’ve been in the stadium before, you should know where to sit to minimize the damage. Let the new folks walk out with hearing loss. That’s part of the total fan experience too.

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  3. 202dawg

    It being Super Tuesday and all, I feel the need for a WW clip…

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    • Scorpio Jones, III

      West Wing is at least a partial cure for the current political situation. About midway through the latest episode of Mud-Wrestling with Donald Trump, I cued up Netflix and started at episode one. I felt way better halfway through the first episode. From now on I gonna watch West Wing instead of the news. Its almost as good for my disposition as watching the 1980 Georgia season.

      Rolllllll Jeb!!!!

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      • 202dawg

        It’s my happy place too, Scorp.

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        • Scorpio Jones, III

          One of my Republican amigos says she can’t watch WW because its all about Democrats. I suggested she should just watch for the portrayal of the effort to govern, but all those Liberals make her nervous.

          It took a serious effort to control my urge to write in Jeb Bartlett yesterday.

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  4. Spike

    And inadequate parking and lousy post game traffic direction. Great. Sounds like fun.

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  5. Ricky McDurden

    Before the game, ushers will systematically attempt to flush empty liquor bottles down all of the commodes and urinate on anything within a given stall. There will be water dumped on all floors. The Boy Scouts and various little league and church groups will be on hand to delay your concessions experience the requisite 15 minutes per trip. In the event that the stadium is not a complete sell out as predicted, traffic barrels will be placed along the 300 level and 100 level student section concourses to stymie foot traffic enough to properly convey the frustrating fan experience not every bulldog fan is lucky enough to have.

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  6. lakedawg

    Am hoping the day is huge success, but it is beyond hope that A/C police will ever have a clue on how to direct post game traffic As much as I hate to give anything in Columbia, S. C. credit they do get traffic flowing after games.

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  7. DawgPhan

    I think that the typical fan experience is what has everyone dreading this g day.

    Same people that basically can’t sell cold water on a hot day.

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  8. JCDAWG83

    Maybe the ACCPD can learn that not every single fan leaving the stadium is trying to get to Atlanta?

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    • DawgPhan

      I guess it depends on where you park and where you want to get to, but I think that the parking/traffic management post game works amazingly for me.

      I can leave my seat at the final whistle and be in my house inside the perimeter in less than 1.5 hours after a game. I consider that pretty amazing.

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      • ugadawgguy

        Where do you park, and how do you get to/from the stadium from there? Also, what part of Atlanta are you in? The Decatur area?

        I’m asking sincerely.

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        • DawgPhan

          I park near ramsey. I walk to the stadium. When the game is over I move with a purpose to my car and get in and go. I dont stop and talk to people after the game or anything like that. Less than 15 minutes after the game ends I am in my car and on the loop. I live in the greater decatur area.

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  9. S.E. Dawg

    Total fan experience? I’m going to miss those ticket scanners that don’t work half the time and they have to reboot.

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  10. AusDawg85

    “Where’s UGA?” on the scoreboard! Hot damn Kirby…send the jet and I’ll be there!

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  11. Semper Fi Dawg

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  12. 69Dawg

    I’m so old I remember when the State Troopers and the MP’s from the GA National Guard would actually direct traffic after the game and we would be out of town in no time. Of course that was before the Dooley stadium expansions. Using the traffic light controls is as big a problem as the crazy drivers.

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  13. DawgByte

    Hopefully they 86 the Rap music part of their “fan experience”. Not only do they play that obnoxious crap they crank to decibel levels that make your ears bleed!

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  14. illini84

    And the drunks. . . TRADITION!!!

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  15. GAfan

    I’m a frequent reader of this blog. That being said I don’t usually comment but this time I simply can’t help myself. What’s with all the b****ing and moaning??? Kirby requests a full stadium for G-day, the first thing out of everyone’s mouth is a complaint about how the AD will screw it up. Now McGarity is finally willing to cooperate with the ‘big time’ program demands and still all our fan base can do is find something to b***h about.

    It’s a freaking free ticket to watch your favorite team in one of the prettiest stadiums in the world! There shouldn’t be any complaining, yet every comment on here is a about how there’s too much traffic, or the music is too loud, or the cops are mean, the lines are too long, etc. I’ve been to a couple Alabama A-day games and the only thing I’ve seen/heard in that [full] stadium are excited and optimistic Bama fans that only care about one thing – Alabama football. Why can’t we have that?

    Our program is attempting to change the culture of UGA football. This doesn’t just mean the players and coaches. Our fan base needs to wake up and follow Coach Smart’s lead because Georgia football is about to get serious. Go dawgs!

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    • Hogbody Spradlin

      With respects neighbor, not all of it is bitching and moaning. The crowd here likes to be cute and clever about very small pet peeves.

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    • PTC DAWG

      Agreed, was going to pass on the McG hate fest, they are common here. I second your comments.

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    • Cosmic Dawg

      Nobody’s talking about not supporting the team. McGarity is the one in charge of the game day experience, which is awful, and he just tried to tell us how awesome it is. He brought it up.

      Better to say nothing than admit you’re so tone deaf or hold your customers in such contempt that you refuse to actually provide them with the experience they’re asking and paying for. The frustration about the music, concessions, and the third world bathrooms are nearly universal, but he doesn’t care about the fans whatsoever or he really would be working on the gameday experience.

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  16. Ray Goff

    As a season ticket holder, do I get my parking in the Physical Plant lot and my reserved seats in section 331? Or is mingling with the common folk part of the game day experience?

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  17. If 90k descend on Athens, the parking and traffic are going to be hellacious. The dorm kids (like mine) who have to move their cars out of their paid for spaces on Friday night won’t have to do that. People are going to be driving all over the place looking for spaces that are open and that could snarl the traffic. While I plan to be there, it’s not going to be pretty.

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    • PTC DAWG

      Agree on the traffic/parking. Athens is not designed for ths many. It was easier when the capacity was around 60k and sidewalk parking was allowed.

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  18. Snoop Dawgy Dawg

    I assume full gameday experience involves the doodoo ice, to really foul up your coke cocktail

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  19. 3Twentys&a10

    There is not a plan in place. My office is planning a tailgate on G Day for former students. We have identified a spot near North Campus and called the Athletic Office today to see if the same array of port-a-johns would be offered as are during the season. The rep we spoke with could not provide an answer saying they are still trying to figure things out. She offered they weren’t even sure about parking yet. We asked when they might know something and she couldn’t provide a best guess only saying to call back in a couple of weeks. If plans have been underway since the turn of the year, they suck at planning.

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