Open up those wallets a little wider, please.

Good news for those of us who don’t think we fork enough over already:

Georgia is getting a guaranteed payout of $4.25 million for its 2020 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Virginia.

The school also will receive use of 100 complimentary hotel rooms for use the night before the Labor Day game at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Sept. 7, 2020, according to a term sheet signed by Georgia athletic director Gregy McGarity and Peach Bowl Inc. CEO/president Gary Stokan on Oct. 18 that was obtained Wednesday in an open records request by Onlineathens.com.

As part of the contract Georgia guarantees it will sell or purchase 30,000 tickets it is allocated that would generate $4.575 million.

Ticket prices start at $60 for student tickets. They range from $120 for upper level tickets to $275 for lower club VIP tickets. More than 7,000 of the tickets are priced at $200 or more at the stadium that is opening in 2017.

Nosebleed seats for $120.  Even visitor tickets to Auburn are cheaper than that.  Although there is a nifty bonus.

All tickets except student tickets will include a Fan Zone ticket.

Be still, my heart.

I’ve got a feeling I may be watching that one at home.

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37 responses to “Open up those wallets a little wider, please.

  1. DC Weez

    Senator- In 2015, Auburn visitor nosebleed seats were over $140 without a Fan Zone ticket. I hope UGA charged Auburn fans the same amount this year to sit in the third level and watch an Auburn loss.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      I remember that I paid a lot for Auburn tickets to sit in the 4th row from the top in the farthest section but I had forgotten it was that much. I thought it was in the $90.00 range. I remember the pre-game show that morning initerviewed McGarity and when he was asked about what Auburn was charging UGA for those tickets he said that we will charge Auburn the same as it charges us.

      Obviously I did not buy tickets through Auburn this year so i do not know what its fans had to pay to buy tickets through Auburn.

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  2. Gaskilldawg

    Good gracious. $480.00 for the 4 worst seats in the house?

    I’ll pass on being in the studio audience for this one.

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  3. PTC DAWG

    I think the Monday night will hurt sales more than anything…and is Va known for traveling to watch their football team? Frankly, I don’t understand booking them as our opponent.

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  4. Aladawg

    For Virginia? Really……

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  5. Bright Idea

    What kind of team will we have in 2019? That will determine our eagerness to be gouged for this ticket.

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  6. Greg McGarity, J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics

    Get those Hartman Fund donations in people! Only a few weeks left. We’ve got a sizeable employee population that makes 6 figures and you all help prop that up.

    As always, thanks for your support of Georgia Athletics!

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  7. Bulldog Gemes

    Well my family got enough free chicken biscuit cards from Chick-fil-a at this year’s Fan Zone to make up for someof the cost of the high priced tickets we bought

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  8. No thanks, Gary and Greg. If I go, this will be a game I buy on the street or o StubHub right before the game. Otherwise, I’ll be watching from Section HD.

    This is a perfect example of the powers that be killing the goose that laid the golden egg and would also be a good way for Georgia people to express their opinion to those powers that be.

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    • down island way

      Alex…..i’ll take tickets for 200 pulllezz. Does that 4.25 check go to the sec office to be divided later….what is the UGA football cost to transport and sustain that group, plus other expenses in atlanta, with BM buying ALL those vip lounges…… hanging with 92,000 of my closest friends v.s. the atl…..color me home boy on that schedule. Who says AD’s/college football is not in the bidnezz of bad decision making

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  9. Governor Milledge

    Have a UVA family connection, so odds are high that we will end up at this one.

    Senator, I’d expect you’d end up at this one too – not too often you get to see your two alma maters square up

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    • AthensHomerDawg

      Well… When’s the last time Virginia had a winning season anyway. I would rue the day Bluto would be seen at a Georgia game adorned in any blue and orange. Yikes!
      No, no. Mandy will have him dressed in good taste and in Red and Black.

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  10. I would have paid that to see Georgia play, for example, Syracuse in 2018 at MetLife Stadium. Instead, we scheduled MTSU and ‘Cuse scheduled Wagner. Why Syracuse? Why not? Go to NYC, beat a team against whom we inexplicably have a 0-1 record against? I guess we just don’t travel well enough for that sort of thing.

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  11. Macallanlover

    Another McGoofy schedule issue, this is a very disappointing opener for UGA. Georgia/UVA is like TN/GT next year, it pales against the Bama/FSU headliner nad puts us in a mediocre light. Frankly, with apologies to the UVA alums here, Virginia is way down the list of choices. Why not a big marquee game? This is one of the lesser Labor Day games that has been arranged in recent years. We will get a huge audience because there will no opposition, but the game may not not even be one of the 10 best games of the opening weekend. Why not an OU, or Texas type opponent. Heck, even a Va Tech, Louisville, or even Pitt from the ACC. It is as if we have been bumped to another level by the Chik-Fil-A group. Yes, I will watch, but no thought of going to a game like this, even if the tickets were $50.

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  12. bigshot

    Sounds like this one may be made exclusively for TV. Probably won’t be played until 8pm.

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  13. Dolly Llama

    They took the full 90 to fulfill the records request on this one. Thanks, Kirby!

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  14. Just Chuck (The Other One)

    Two good friends from my high school class flunked out of UVA. Could find the pool hall. Finding classrooms was another matter. However, they’re still big UVA fans and are interested in this one. Thought about planning to go and inviting one of them to go along when I heard the game announced but this is really out of my price range. I guess we’ve got enough fans who can afford the tickets so McGarity will sell the 30,000. However, the ticket price may cost the athletic department lots of good will. A big concern for anyone in business but, of course, college football is not a business.

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  15. Sides

    These games are rip-offs for the fans. I went to tailgate (and maybe buy a ticket) for the SC-ECU game in Charlotte a few years ago. Cheapest tickets were $75. If the game were in Columbia it would be a $20 ticket and much cheaper on the street. I spent that money outside the stadium and had a blast.

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  16. HVL Dawg

    Bitch, bitch, bitch.

    It’s the first game of the season after 8 months of happy talk. It’s in the dome. It’ll easily sell out.

    There are 10 suckers born every day.

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  17. Athens Dog

    It’s one less home game. I’ll be watching on TV. And I don’t think i ever missed a UGA game at the Dome. Too much BS

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  18. The Nelson Puppet

    The only way I’d buy a ticket- A limo would have to pick me up and drop me off, I’d have to have luxury box accomodations, free food and drink, and I’d get bumped to the front of any line.
    At my age, I refuse to pay money to be inconvenienced.

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  19. Brandon

    I just hope we get to play a game in the new stadium before the 2020 CFA Kickoff

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  20. MGW

    Some things I can afford but on principle refuse to overpay for. This is one of those things.

    But its very unlikely that StubHub doesn’t have cheaper tix the week before the game.

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  21. Mayor

    I hate to be a one trick pony but…..if Georgia can get paid $4.25 Mil for one game why in heaven’s sake are we messing around with the chickenfeed that JAX pays us for the WLOCP? We could go to home and away on that game and get freed up to do one of these $4 Mil plus games every other year using the home slot it saves us. Blow off one of the cupcakes in Athens in the years that we don’t host FU and play a Kick-Off game and make even more money. Maybe even play in JAX when it is FU’s home game and get JAX to pay us for that, too. One thing I can’t stand is when someone is supposed to be mercenary, and is–like McGarity, but isn’t smart enough to max out the filthy lucre.

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  22. Doing the math, coming from out of town, having to stay a night, food, tickets, etc/ this is way out of my means to WANT to spend. Will take that money and head off for another trip to Alaska and the Yukon.
    Wonder, if more and more will opt out and the golden calf of Div. 1 football will die.

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  23. 92 grad

    I wonder, all the new alums with their shiny new jobs and homes and cars, they’re the ones that’ll pay. Seems to me the target audience is young alumnus and older freshly retired alumnae? (I may be tripped up on the conjugation there of alumni)

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    • AthensHomerDawg

      “Alumni is a plural noun referring either to a group male graduates or to a group of both male and female graduates. The singular alumnus refers to one male graduate, alumna refers to one female graduate, and the plural alumnae refers to a group of female graduates. These Latin loanwords preserve their original plural forms, and incorrect use of the words abounds because many speakers of English are understandably unfamiliar with the genders and plurals of Latin nouns.”
      All credit belongs to Wiki. 🙂

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      • Gaskilldawg

        Thank you. It is wrong for someone to say, “I am an alumni of ________” because alumni is plural. He is an alumnus and she is an alumna.

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      • 92 grad

        Thanks, It’s funny how I still manage to forget that anything can be looked up at any time, now where are those index cards….

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