When Matt Borman speaks…

you know money is involved.

The new west end zone project in Sanford Stadium is not only bringing a new home locker room, recruiting lounge and bigger video board, it’s also allowed Georgia to add more premium seats on the opposite side.

Coming this football season: 12 field-level suites overlooking the east end zone for big Bulldog donors.

“With the number of individuals that have come up and stepped up and supported our department in the past couple of years, a lot of them don’t necessarily have seats commiserate with the support that they’re giving us,” said Matt Borman, executive director of The Georgia Bulldog Club. “This gives the opportunity to put some of those people that have helped us out a bunch in seats that they’re very happy with.”

… More catering will be in there and, like other stadium suites, alcohol can be served.

Getting into a suite, as you might imagine, will cost you: a $40,000 donation counted towards your gift to the Georgia Bulldog Club and an additional $10,000 for tickets and catering.

It’s Butts-Mehre’s laser-like focus on improving the game day experience for literally dozens of fans that gives me such hope for the future.

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36 responses to “When Matt Borman speaks…

  1. doiknowu

    I don’t think that Borman knows the difference between “commiserate” and “commensurate”, but I can commiserate with the folks he’s trying to separate from their money.

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  2. ATL Dawg

    Meanwhile, the concessions and bathrooms on the 300 level are still horrendous.

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  3. DawginUtah

    Not a donor or graduate. I have very little knowledge of how the donor system works or what financial commitment it takes to get any level of ticket. So, serious question – what are you guys spending to attend these games? At what level do you have to give to do the things in mentioned in previous posts? I’m just curious.

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    • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

      The truth is that on any given game, you can get a ticket because there is a large legal aftermarket, friends, scalpers of all ilk, etc. But if you don’t want the hassle of getting a ticket for each game, and if you want to go to all the games, and sit with the same folks in the same seats, you better pony up, especially if you want good seats as they become available.

      I think commiserate is the right usage: I have been in the Terry College suite, which was (probably still is) about on the 20-30 yard line area (west side), and I commiserate with folks that pay $50k to sit there. Yeah, it’s got AC (not insignificant in August and September), but your sight line sucks unless the action is on your end of the field. At least when you sit with the hoi polloi you can be part of the crowd.

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      • Chi-town Dawg

        Utah – the bare bones cost for 2 tickets is probably in the vicinity of $1,500 to 2,000 (around $500 for each ticket plus another $250 – $500 for the Hartman Fund contribution. However, I don’t think you can buy in for tickets at this level. When I had my tickets, I had 4 club level and 4 lower level tickets and the minimum cost was around $9,000/year. The Hartman fund donation was approximately $5,000 and the tickets $3,500 to $4,000. The donation varies based on seat location and the ticket price varies depending on the number of home games and types of opponents, but these are general figures. For the Magill Club Donors, I think the minimum contribution is $25,000 payable over 5 years plus the price of tickets. As others have pointed out, you can almost always find tickets on the secondary market for less money to 99% of the games. You can go to the Hartman Fund website for all the details.

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        • DawginUtah

          Thank you sir, greatly appreciated. I was mainly curious of the investment required. Even when I lived back home, I purchased tickets off of the secondary market for the games I wanted to attend. I need to pass this along to my kids so they understand the potential is there to live like the other half. I do well enough for me and my family, but I’m definitely not slinging 50k money around for a sporting event(s).

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    • ChiliDawg

      Couldn’t tell you. I’m a graduate and I don’t donate. I can tell you by the time I donated enough to even begin getting seats, and not good seats at that, I would have spent way more money than I would have just buying what I want off of StubHub. And that’s why I’ll probably never donate. I’d rather pick a game or two a season I want to go to and watch the rest on TV.

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    • 209

      As an old grad and a long time donor, I can say with full confidence that I have no fucking idea how this donor system works. Thanks for asking.

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  4. 3rdandGrantham

    I have no problem with this at all. My only question is who in living hell would want to be at the field level? Talk about horrid sight lines; the first 20 or so LL rows at Sanford are bad enough, anyone who would jump on that clearly must not give a rip about actually seeing the game, but instead are merely doing it for socializing only.

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    • Sides

      You are joking right? Are you really asking why someone would want to sit close to the action? I have sat 10 rows up in the visiting section of Uga and I had great views (not better than the swamp, that is the best stadium for viewing imo). I get the fun of sitting in different parts of the stadium to see different views, but low and on the 50 yard line are the best seats in a stadium.

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      • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

        The best seats I ever sat in were on the south side, lower level, 50 yard line, about 3-4 rows from the concourse – still in the shade. Great sight lines, close to rest rooms and concessions and really, just perfect. There aren’t that many of those type of seats available. My friend’s family had them since 1938; Wally Butts family sat behind us. I was very fortunate for a few years to enjoy them with him.

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        • 3rdandGrantham

          Yep – upper 2/3rd of the LL around the 50 are the best seats in the house. Years ago I bought tickets in section 131 around row 10, which at the time I was stoked about. It ended up sucking, as again I could barely see anything at all…especially half of the field closest to me.

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      • 3rdandGrantham

        Not joking at all. I’m certainly not alone in the viewpoint that the first 20 rows or so of Sanford suck, as you can barely see over the team/benches if at all, which generally poor sight lines. This is precisely why you see so many row 1-5 LL tickets on stubub or whatever for most home games. With that said, the endzone doesn’t have the same obstacles as between the 20’s has, but still I personally wouldn’t want any part of it.

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        • Sides

          I am not that familiar with Sanford but I like to sit close to the action. I like to hear the coaches and players yelling and feel the hits on the field. I haven’t had the pleasure of sideline tickets but I assume this is the best way to watch. Low in the stands is the next best thing. If I were looking for shade, concessions, and bathrooms I would just watch on TV. A big TV is about as good now.

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      • 202dawg

        Field level in the EZ and field level on the 50 are COMPLETELY different animals.

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  5. ASEF

    All stadiums are becoming recruiting centers – athletes and big donations. The rest of the stadium is for “pilgrimage” fans, aka “atmospheric props.”

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  6. PTC DAWG

    See what I mean?

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  7. Debby Balcer

    Does this mean they are taking out a club section to add the suites?

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  8. Bright Idea

    Where in the heck are the people who would pay $40K for these seats coming from? I’m sure groups of 16 split it but that’s one heck of an investment for nickel seats with booze and catering in an area where you can’t see the game.

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  9. Mark

    For a few years in the 80s I sat in the east end zone, about half way up. At first it sucked because all my life I’d watched football from the sides, but soon enough I earned how to watch from that vantage point. I’ll tell you this: on a running play, I knew well before those on the sides if the play was going to go or not. It’s SO much easier to see holes open from there.

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  10. Cousin Eddie

    So for ~$50G, you get A/C, food, booze and no need for waterproof shoes to use the restroom. Yep, my broke can will be watching from the house, best place to enjoy cupcakes anyway.

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  11. Kevin

    Love my east end zone seats on Row 42. will never go back to side view. Love to see the game come to me.

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  12. 79Dawg

    I assume the $40k is per year (I think the big suites are appx. $100k per year), although the article is a little vague.
    I am among those who don’t get the “field suites” at all…

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  13. ATL Dawg

    There’s a reason why end zone seats are generally cheaper. Happens to be the same reason the standard TV angle is from the sideline.

    And end zone field level? I guess next they’ll come up with seats under the field where you look up through a small, clear viewing area and try to figure out what the hell is going on. But it will have catered food so some schmucks will buy in hoping that it will impress people.

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  14. Normaltown Mike

    I was in the East EZ for years and while the action was wonderful as it came towards you, it was dreadful to watch drives on the other side.

    I’m now SW corner under the trumpeter and much happier (mostly because my fat ass doesn’t sweat as much in the shade).

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  15. JPDawg

    How long until they realize the recruits won’t be able to see the new jumbotron, freak out about it, and come with some cockamamie solution like throwing up another one on top of the opposite end of the stadium?

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