Is UGA finally getting into the tailgate business?

Somebody just tweeted this to me:

I am surprised it’s taken the administration this long to take the plunge, to be honest.  Lots of questions at this point, obviously, ranging from cost and who can take advantage of the service to whether this is an end in itself or an early roll out leading to other parts of campus being similarly monetized.

Done right, I don’t think this is a bad idea at all.  Done right.

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UPDATE:  One question already answered.

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UPDATE #2:  There is a website.  If you click on the “Start Your Reservation” tab, you’ll see this message.

Bulldogs Tailgate Club purchases are currently reserved for Magill Society members. A promotion code will be required prior to checkout. If you are not a member of The Magill Society, please email UGAservice@tailgateclub.com for more information and check back soon for purchase opportunities.

“Soon” could mean just about anything, of course, but it does seem that they contemplate some possibility of expanding the service in the future.

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29 responses to “Is UGA finally getting into the tailgate business?

  1. Athens Dog

    Can’t wait to see details. Done right this is great. But it’s going to royally piss off all the folks who tailgate there now. They will have to understand it’s part of the “process”

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    • 81Dog

      Pffft. They’ll learn to enjoy tailgating…and parking….. in Watkinsville. Freeloaders who have only been supporting the program for decades cant be coddled with access to tailgate spots near the stadium; that sends the wrong signal to the donor class.

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    • Granthams replacement

      Anyone that “tailgates there now” will need to be in the society or they won’t tailgate there anymore.

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  2. Go Dawgs!

    Nevermind that this is public land that the taxpayers of the state of Georgia have already paid for many times over. UGA gets to lease it to their “partners” on game days so everyone can make more money. Presumably, the students who live there will be asked to keep their shades drawn and avert their eyes as they enter and leave the building.

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    • sectionzalum

      amen and amen. i await the annexation of the spaces in front of the law school and terry for the process.

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  3. vectordawg

    How much money does one have to donate to be a member of that society?

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    • Athens Dog

      $25,000 Over and above your normal donation. It can be spread out over five years. And of course there are different levels going up to millions.

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  4. Isn’t Reed Quad where Gameday and/or the SEC Tailgate show sets up when they come to Athens? Wonder how that gets managed.

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  5. HiAltDawg

    Interesting: West By Gawd Virginia and Seattle State offer single game packages (UGA doesn’t) and prices at WVU vary. Still, I think we saw on this blog that Bama was moving to this and probably the Notre Dame WIN experience might have opened some minds to this revenue stream. I hate how longtime supporters get shafted here but at $450ish a game, I see this being worth it if done well (which at UGA remains to be seen)

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  6. DawgPhan

    Wont be long before the students that stay in reed will be told they need to be out of their dorms by thursday and their dorms must be clean and fully stocked before they leave.

    I know when I stayed there we already couldnt use the parking lot that that we paid for during football season.

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    • HiAltDawg

      you’d love the get out of your paid parking spot emails the start sending Wednesdays before games, lol

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      • HiAltDawg

        they

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      • Bulldog Joe

        In the 1970s, flyers posted on the bulletin boards in Reed, Payne, and Milledge Halls would instruct you to move your cars off the dorm lots and the Stegeman Hall lot by Friday noon or be towed.

        This is nothing new.

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        • Bard Parker

          We were never told to move our cars from Lipscomb, but once the RV’s started parking on Friday after lunch you were pretty much stuck

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  7. Until DePalma’s enters into an agreement with the AA to allow only Magill Society members access, I don’t care.

    I do hate that the kids who pay for parking spaces on campus are told to move their cars on home game weekends. The AA should be able to every other spot on campus except those attached to on-campus housing. It pissed me off that I paid for my daughter to have a space in the South Campus deck when she lived in Myers for safety reasons. I thought it was in poor taste that she had to move her car across campus and find her own way back on Friday nights and then have to move her car back on Sundays.

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  8. aladawg

    The tipping point grows ever nearer……….

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  9. Bard Parker

    North parking deck to the tailgating site seems more than a hop, skip, and jump away. Especially if your’e bringing a grill, generator, or sat dish and TV (I know the VIP package has the dish, generator, and TV and you can add on the media package for $250/game for the other packages, no grill though). I’ll stick with my tailgate spot in the greenspace between the artist formerly know as Women’s PE and the AFROTC building. I park 30 feet from my spot and can have the whole setup broken down and loaded in about 15 minutes.

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  10. paul

    There is a gate entrance at the Reed Quad. I wonder if this now becomes their ‘private’ gate? And the legality of leasing out state land on a temporary basis like that might be interesting to investigate. Having said that, I do think that attempting to improve the tailgating atmosphere on campus is probably mostly a good thing even if it does involve more money grubbing. At least they’re thinking about it. That’s a step in the right direction. At least in a general sense.

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  11. Don in Mar-a-Lago

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  12. SWGADAWG

    On the sacred grounds of the Reed/Milledge softball fields of the 70’s and 80’s. Kinda sad to see.

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  13. Faulkner

    It’s a revenue stream to pay the players when that day arrives.

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