Beyond 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 cokes

Quite the problem Georgia Tech’s AD faces:

Tech is encountering an aging fan base, resistance to season-ticket purchases, the ever-improving option of watching from home, the recent preponderance of the dreaded noon kickoffs and frustrations of fans with new policies restricting what can be brought into the stadium. Not to mention the difficulty of building enthusiasm for a team that didn’t make a bowl game in two of the past three seasons.

The good news is that season ticket sales are similar to 2016, a year like this when Georgia isn’t on the home schedule.  The bad news is that last year, when the Dawgs did play at BDS, marked the lowest average of ticket sales since 2012.

Hard to believe Paul Johnson isn’t more compelling.

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38 responses to “Beyond 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 cokes

  1. 81Dog

    “Georgia Tech Football 2018: What time can you get here???”

    My alternate suggested tag line is “Mathematical elimination fever Catch it! “

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  2. Hiring Paul Johnson was the dumbest thing a bunch of people who think they are the smartest in the room could do. Need to refresh your demographics? Hire a coach that runs a 1960s offense. Need to recruit blue chips to catch up to your competition? Use a system that the service academies use to be competitive and hire a coach who doesn’t give two $#!+s about it. Need to fire up a fan base? Have a head coach who makes Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau from Grumpy Old Men look positively cuddly.

    Welcome to your plight, bugs.

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  3. 79Dawg

    Damn, the bowl streak was their claim to fame for a good long while, RIP…
    If Tech’s AD really wanted to take a flyer, he’d drop the crap games and do all home and homes with I-A teams – I’ll bet every ticket would be sold for every game…

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    • David K

      Nobody would schedule them in a home/away. Why take a chance and ask your offensive linemen to play off cut blocks all day? Plus you have to really work hard in the practice week to learn how to defend that crap, and it will serve no purpose against anyone else on your schedule. Further, Johnson’s offense is pretty successful against defenses the first time around. It’s just a complete no-win for anyone who’s not forced to be familiar with them every season.

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  4. They do have Clemson at home – that will help them. But the rest of their schedule at home does not have fan bases that ravel well. It’s a good thing they belong to a conference with a lot of TV money – aka Vandy. One other thought… Maybe UGA can offer the same deal for the tickets that are left for Austin Peay, UMass and MTSU. Fan base is trying to tell the administration something – and I still do not think they are listening.

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  5. Bright Idea

    Retrofitting BDS….lipstick on a pig.

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  6. DC Weez

    I got a kick out of the rendering of the proposed addition to the Edge Center complete with a rooftop viewing deck. Only problem is there is a big light tower blocking the view. Good design there Tech.

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  7. Have they considered dropping the “we’re the only smart people asshole” routine that is baked into the tech experience?

    I’m guessing that might help.

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  8. Bulldog Joe

    Georgia State and Kennesaw will have larger enrollments than UGA by the end of this decade.

    GT can go home-and-home with them. Include a free Breeze Card.

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  9. dawgfan

    I’d bet that our fan base of season ticket holders is getting older too.

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    • Bulldog Joe

      I agree.

      The elitist approach taken by the UGA Athletic Department is a bad sign for the future.

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      • JCDawg83

        Pretty well pure economics at play, supply and demand rule the day in ticket sales for sporting events. If we have a couple disappointing seasons the approach to ticket sales will be much less elitist. Last season, they sold season ticket singles for face price with no contribution required and some were excellent seats. They didn’t do that out of the goodness of their heart, they did it because no one bought those tickets.

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        • atlasshrugged55

          The UGAA is certainly trying to grab every penny they can & I sometimes wonder if they see the handwriting on the wall. But that may be giving them too much credit for having a plan.

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          • dawgfan

            There’s no doubt that today’s plan is to grab all the bucks they can. Look in the stands next Saturday. Chances are unless you are in the student section, you’ll see a lot of folks in their 50’s and 60’s. It seems like a long time but in 15-20 years things will look a lot different than they do now. Maybe it will be empty seats like in Mark Richt Memorial Stadium, who knows?

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            • 79Dawg

              Will definitely give the Tech AD credit for acknowledging “the season ticket base ain’t getting any younger.” It is a problem for us to, but who thinks McGarity even realizes it – all he sees are old boomers joining the Magill Society so they can have one last hurrah before they leave us… I would be willing to bet they will change the rules pretty soon so that Magill Society members can transfer their points/tickets upon death; if they don’t, I foresee a lot of super-pissed people… It will also be interesting to see what sort of changes they make in response to the loss of the deductibility of 80% of the contribution, because there will be some effects from the change.

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              • zdawg15

                Increases in my cost per game is what will eventually drive me away from season tickets. I’ve only been in it 10 years and only had tickets for about 8. The ND game next season will keep me in for one more season. Then I think that’s it for me. The tax benefit was minimal.

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  10. JCDawg83

    A friend’s daughter was recruited to play tennis at tech and when they went on their visit he was absolutely amazed at the number of Asian and Indian students. A local kid who went to tech made the comment that there were probably 1/3rd of tech students who don’t even know what football is. The student body demographic is another huge hurdle for tech’s football attendance issue. After graduation, quite a few tech alumni leave the state and the region for jobs or return to their home countries.

    Increasing attendance at nerd games is a tall order.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      The gtu administration has made it abundantly clear they want foreign students. US students are low on the totem pole. They’ll begrudgingly accept some Georgians, but I’d argue that’s only because turning more away would draw attention.

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      • jrod1229

        That’s just unequivocally false and made up. I couldn’t give two shits about Tech but a quick google search showed me 62% of their students are GA residents and of the other 38%, 22% are foreign.

        Also almost all major research universities are reducing the number of foreign acceptance.

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  11. W Cobb Dawg

    Well, if they ditch the football uniforms and dress like Star Wars stormtroopers it would definitely draw more student and alumni interest – particularly since nobody’s ever seen yellow stormtroopers. The Dragoncon parade could be the gtu version of the Dawgwalk!

    And instead of passing/catching/carrying the football, they could kick it around for the entire game – not much of a change from their current offense if you ask me.

    My point is, there’s a lot of good ideas they haven’t tried yet. Engineers aren’t known for thinking outside the box and gtu sports are struggling financially. So consider the above suggestions on the house.

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  12. Macallanlover

    Heard today on satellite radio that FU is down over 9K season tickets for this season versus last year. Wow! New coach, renewed program enthusiasm, meh, not so much. Talking head was saying they cannot keep scheduling bad games every year and not expect this, particularly since they expect Atlanta every year.

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