Props for being props

And while we’re on the topic of G-Day, it appears I’m not the only old-timer who’s noticed the change in emphasis from the fan’s perspective.  Here’s Bill King on that:

But, while G-Day used to be mainly for the fans, letting thousands of potential future paying customers into the stands for free to soak up some of that Between the Hedges atmosphere — and for coaches to see how young players react to performing in front of a crowd — nowadays fans’ warm bodies are wanted in Sanford Stadium seats primarily to provide an impressive backdrop for a national telecast and impress high school prospects. 

As athletics director Greg McGarity said this past week in one of his periodic emails to boosters, “We all recognize the influence a packed house can make on prospective and current student-athletes, so let’s show up and have a day of excitement for an entire nation to witness on ESPN, along with those of us in attendance in Sanford Stadium!”

Be still, my heart.  Don’t forget to smile for the cameras, peeps.

The amusing thing here is that but for Kirby pushing the game for recruiting purposes, you know McGarity would have been totally comfortable with business as usual.  Remember, it wasn’t too long ago that G-Day routinely bumped heads with the Masters.

You would think that Georgia’s outstanding 2017 season would be enough to gin up plenty of excited fans for Saturday’s game — no doubt McGarity is relieved he won’t have to agree to have someone fetch condoms for a rap star this go ’round — without needing any fake juice for the cameras.  Evidently the brass expects that to be the case, so now we’ll get to see their awesome management skills put to the test.

Unfortunately, the days when early arrivals could sit wherever they wanted have fallen victim to the athletic administration’s growing need to micromanage every facet of the game-day experience.

Upon entering the stadium at the G-Day game this year, fans will be given a “commemorative pass” instructing them to sit in a particular section (though not assigning specific seats). If there’s a section you prefer, you’re encouraged to enter through the gate closest to it, though there’s no guarantee you’ll get the section you want.

All of this is in the name of ensuring “that each guest has an enjoyable experience” in the face of “expected high demand and temporarily reduced seating,” as an athletic association press release explained.

Believe it or not, I’m trying to keep an open mind about this, though I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to being as curious about how this plays out as I am to see what Justin Fields looks like.

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22 responses to “Props for being props

  1. Uglydawg

    The assigning sections thing is a double edged sword. How much you wanna bet that many of the best section passes are already being passed out to connected people? There’s nothing new under the Sun.

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  2. HiAltDawg

    I live a mile and half away and ain’t going. You want me cruitin’ then PAY ME! Remember, I’m one of those “Bad””Fans” that need more than some printout telling me where to sit and smile. I can’t believe I’m re-upping for Faculty Tickets with this year’s schedule (actually to stay on the list). Full disclosure: this goes out the window, of course, when I don’t sleep the week before Austin Peay and start bumping my gums about how Elijah Holyfield will rush for 1,000 yds this season; like the internet tough guy I am, lol. GO DAWGS!

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    • Tony Barnfart

      You could probably fill Sanford Stadium with the number of Dawg fans who would trade lives with you based on what is packed into the first three sentences of that paragraph. /justsayin

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      • Tony Barnfart

        errr 4, sentences.

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      • HiAltDawg

        True I’m spolied, even truer I’m a sucker, lol. Thankfully, Kirby has this thing rolling where my biggest concern will be planning a trip to the Orange or Cotton Bowl to offset some of the more disappointing progress (IMO) we’ve seen around our program administratively and treating me like an ATM and a prop. We got some good people heading to town on Saturday and that’s a good thing. Go Dawgs! Nothing Finer in the Land!!

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    • I’m going to work an extra year so I can get f/s tix for Notre Dame.

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  3. Brandon

    I refuse to click on articles written by Bill King. Damn you sir for making me break my 15+ year boycott of King’s prose.

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  4. ugadawgguy

    I HATE what they’ve turned G-Day and the former Picture Day into.

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  5. Athens Dog.

    I live in five points Since the team is practicing football, we are practicing tailgating. (Ok we don’t need practice but it’s a great excuse for all day drinking )

    We tried tailgating last year at Boggs where our normal tailgate is. It was a miserable experience. We were told if we kept “blocking” the fire lane we would be asked to leave. We were just standing and siting behind our cars as usual.

    So our practice tailgate is my front yard. We will watch on TV.

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  6. Macallanlover

    Have looked, to no avail, to find one single reason for assigning anyone to a specific section at a “free” event. I wouldn’t care if they saved a thousand or so seats in a roped off area for “special guests” those that need their egos stroked, but I will be damned if I am driving down to sit in the nosebleed section. I plan on being there early enough to sit in a decent seat, on the lower level between the 20s. If not, I will drive back home and watch the rerun on my TV. If other fans felt the same way, McGarity will be the only reason the stadium isn’t full, the only person who made that happen.

    Late arrivals have no reason to complain about location of free seats, those who make the effort to secure a better seat should not be denied one. Whole process is total McDoofus crap.

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  7. 1smartdude

    The fairest way to do a free event is first come, first served. What stops folks that don’t get the section they want from going out and coming back in in hopes of better seating? I guess there is a game plan, but there hasn’t been enough information supplied to know what that plan might be.

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  8. Cojones

    Had planned at length to attend with my son visiting from Montana that week. Figuring out how to get the seats near where we would like met a stone wall with McG’s announcement.

    Driving up from near the Fl line, trying to figure out the time to show up and secure a tic…uh….pass without having to sit for over two hours in the sun beginning at 2:00 P.M., using a cane for walking assistance to get inside without parking in Bumafuc, Egypt (haven’t ever applied for a disabled sticker after using a staff/cane for years to lessen the pain of hiking) plus a few other McG-regimented reasons doesn’t sound like the pleasure trip I’ve taken to G-Day before. As much as I would like to show support, reckon a visit to the Bookstore would be in order, watching the Dawg Walk from there may have to suffice and then it’s cookie time on the 3-hr drive home.

    On second thought, 5-6 hrs on the road when time cavorting with my son
    is precious, fish just beginning to bite on the Lake and a day offshore at the coast doesn’t quite add up to what I first envisioned as helping my school’s team. Yall represent for me, OK?

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  9. The Dawg abides

    I’ve read somewhere that all this is because the fire marshall was pissed about 93k day. The stadium was way overfilled. This insider (take it with a grain of salt) said the passes were just a way to keep a cap on how many fans enter and once in it’s pretty much sit where you want. There’s not gonna be hundreds of officials running around checking seating assignments. And nobody’s going to be able to say someone’s in their seat, since individual seats are not reserved. I think people are making too much of this. Just get there early and sit where you want.

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  10. Russ

    I’m just glad the studio is still in Athens. How long before the studio is Bristol, Connecticut?

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