Saddest meteor game ever

I saw some Internet chatter about it, so I had to investigate, and sure enough — Florida has returned part of its ticket allotment for the Tennessee game.

You can see ticket availability for the game here.

Empty seats in Neyland for Florida-Tennessee.  Man, how the mighty have fallen.

To be fair, I’m not sure I’d pay over a hundred bucks for those crappy seats even in better times.

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32 responses to “Saddest meteor game ever

  1. Bright Idea

    Regardless of who’s not there we need the Vols to pull this win off to essentially bury the Gators and to fatten the Vols up for the kill next week.

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  2. Salty Dawg

    LOL@ Vols! LOL@Gators! Boy, that feels great being able to type that! GO DAWGS!

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  3. SouthernYank

    Sardine stadium.

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  4. https://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/florida-gators/swamp-things-blog/os-sp-uf-football-0825-story.html

    There were a lot empty seats at the Georgia – South Carolina Game. If it had not been for the 5,000 to 10,000 UGA fans there – who knows how bad the optics would have been.

    Even the LSU – Auburn game had a lot of empty seats… (These guys have a $49MM Coach – how could you not come and see that feetsball intellect on display). 🙂 Auburn boards were very concerned about the optics for recruits. Can’t help to wonder if Pappoe is having 2nd thoughts… 🙂

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  5. Austin Cope

    A Tennessee wins makes Florida most likely bowl ineligible. Tennessee will be too, even with the win. 😂😂😂

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  6. stoopnagle

    Oh man I am so excited to hate watch this nonsense. So. Excited.

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  7. Macallanlover

    Given the discomfort of seating at Neyland, putting up with orange clad fans, distance of the trip, quality of the products, etc., I can forgive the FU fans’ decision. You would think TN fans would gobble those up though, no excuse for empty seats on their part. But man, AU fans, what the hell were you thinking? Just as surprised LSU fans didn’t seize the opportunity last Saturday, but that is more understandable.

    CFB ADs should be paying close attention to this, storm clouds on the horizon and the number of deceased “coal mine” canaries cannot be ignored. Expense, hassle factor, number and length of commercials, uninspired scheduling, bad sight lines versus HD television option, etc., are all contributing factors to be addressed. When a game the magnitude of LSU/AU, in the South, has this many empty seats, how much longer until SEC stadiums begin to look like West Coast venues?

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    • Anonymous

      The solutions also will not be the solutions the casual fans wants either. Look for shrinking capacities, more amenities / premium seating, and higher per-seat costs. They never should have built the 600 section. Look for stadium seats in the lower bowl (minus the student / redcoat section). Look for the 600s to be demolished and the 300s on the north side to be rebuilt with loge boxes, suites, etc. between the 20 or 25 yard lines. I’m guessing that a capacity crowd in the future (i.e 30-40 years out) will be on the order of 75K.

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      • 79Dawg

        Correct – look at both SunTrust Park and the Benz – reduce capacity, make it up by adding more high-priced club seats that cost 3-5X what the seats the hoi polloi were sitting in at the old stadiums cost.
        My thought was if we were going to do something like that, re-doing the west end zone for $60MM would have been the time and place to do it – instead, all they added was a smidge of better seating for recruits. I am not so sure about the feasibility of nuking the 600-level, but would generally say I am not sure there is much that can be done to add a whole lot of “premium” areas, as the existing geographic and architectural constraints would make doing so extremely expensive… Even if you were to hypothetically take out 5,000 $50/game seats and replace them with 3,000 $200/game seats, that’s a $2MM/year delta – at a cost of, let’s say $30MM, that is not a great financial return.

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        • Anonymous

          The real reason they will end up getting rid of the 600 level is because the support structure required to hold it up takes up the space they would need to install the multiple levels of extra amenities (bathrooms, concessions, clubs / lounges, etc.) for the loge boxes, suites, etc. Imagine the 3rd deck being removed and much of the 300 level on the north side looking like this:

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    • Uglydawg.

      Great points.

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  8. Dawgy1

    The SEC Powder Puff Championship will be played in Knoxville Saturday

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  9. 79Dawg

    As I thought I posted somewhere else yesterday (but maybe didn’t!) and some folks have said above, there were corners of the upper decks for both Georgia-South Carolina and LSU-Auburn that were noticeable for being empty. These were the CBS 3:30 games, the best of the week! And on 680 this morning, Tech’s AD was running promos for “tickets still available against No. 2 Clemson this Saturday!”
    People (including me) will no longer pay $100+ to sit in the corner of an upper deck to gaze down at games.
    This is a big problem, but the powers that be (even in the South, apparently!) are apparently just whistlin’ Dixie walking by the Boomer-ticket buyer graveyard…

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  10. ugafidelis

    Can someone please explain to me what is meant by “meteor game?” I have no clue what that even means.

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  11. ApalachDawg

    As a UGA Ray Goff era student, this is hard to process. We are so damn good and they are so damn bad.
    May the creamsicles and cheesedicks have an epic game of futility.

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  12. Uglydawg.

    They are running a contest on a Sports talk show in K’noxville.
    First prize is a season ticket to Vols football. Second prize is two season tickets to Vols Football.

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  13. Got Cowdog

    FWIW the Fabris Pool handles this game well. If you can’t stomach picking Florida to win, you can pick Tennessee to lose.
    Tie breaker is 3-2 BTW

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  14. Attendance Woes: this is because section HD is awesome, and the stadium experience is both expensive and miserable. That’s a bad combination.

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