Today, in the Georgia Way

All you need to know about Georgia’s “next big football facility project” can be summarized in one sentence:

The timeline for this latest Georgia project appears to be based on funding.

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28 responses to “Today, in the Georgia Way

  1. Chopdawg

    Meanwhile, old Sanford Stadium itself remains mostly as it has been since 1967.

    Also, Senator, I’m starting to get the popups again on my tablet with the Samsung IOS. (Haven’t won any $1,000 gift cards, either.)

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    • JCDawg83

      Folks can get off the remodel Sanford horse because it’s dead. Anyone who has any experience in construction can easily see there is really no feasible way, outside of major demolition and reconstruction of the stadium, to really change much about Sanford. The restrooms can get a facelift and some cosmetic changes can be made but the location of the stadium relative to the land and campus buildings around it really limits what, if anything, can be done to widen concourses or expand restroom facilities. The concourses at the top of the 100 level were designed for a stadium that held 53,000 people. The 1981 addition enclosing the East end zone had wider concourses and added the entrance from Field St. so the old concourses were still able to handle the traffic. The 600 level addition and additional seating in the West end zone was the tipping point. Those two changes added another 11,000 people who had to use the old North side concourses and enter and exit almost entirely through the Reed alley gates. The stadium itself really didn’t get any bigger after the ’81 addition so no more restroom facilities could be added and the larger crowds meant longer lines at concessions which backed up to block the concourses for foot traffic.

      I’m fine with the way Sanford is. I go to watch the game, not to spend time in the concourses or restrooms or to have a dining experience. No stadium is perfect.

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      • Normaltown Mike

        I would say that closing part of Field Street and making it a concessions concourse (like the Reed side) would be a nice improvement. It won’t make a huge difference on traffic, but it will disburse people on that side of the stadium.

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        • 202dawg

          That’s where the high rollers enter and exit. It ain’t happenin;…

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        • The Dawg abides

          The thing about that is, they’re not going to close Field St. because it’s the main delivery route for the science buildings. There is absolutely no avenue for outward expansion on the south side barring a massive project that would include tearing down the chemistry building and constructing a new one somewhere else on campus.
          A long-term facility plan should be tearing down Reed and Memorial halls and creating a huge plaza/ concourse. This would also make room to expand the North 300 level concourse outward. Doing this would greatly increase the space to serve the entire North side and half of the East end of the stadium. The East campus road concourse has been a good addition to relieve pressure in that corner, so it could be double-decked to serve the 300 level. That would leave only about 60% of the North side with restricted concourse space.

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          • Tony Barnfart

            Could you not add nice looking fencing, with appropriate gates that are left open 358ish days of the year–yes between the buildings as well. Turn the space into a controlled access area that’s “inside the stadium” on game days. Set up your “masters tent” concession stand on the current field street.

            Yes, there’s about 20 high roller parking spaces where they’d have to move elsewhere. I personally wouldn’t consider Field Street reserved “the best” lot unless I was moderately+ handicapped. Plus, you could probably disperse those among the other great lots and just piss off one or two people here and there that are lower on the food chain. Wouldn’t that be the Georgia Way ?

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          • 79Dawg

            What is this “East Campus road concourse addition” you speak of??? The NE corner of the 100-level is an absolute firetrap…

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            • The Dawg abides

              It still beats the cattle chute that the corner there used to be. It’s where I enter and gives you a little sense of space before I turn left and get herded to my section.

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            • The Dawg abides

              Correction. I missed the NE corner part in your post. I’m talking about gate six entrance in the SE corner. It used to be like the NE corner firetrap you describe.

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          • JCDawg83

            I think tearing down dorms and Memorial Hall, actual campus buildings on a college campus, to facilitate better flow for a stadium that is used 8 days a year at most for events where congestion is a problem is a very bad idea. Campus, especially anything remotely considered North Campus, is not there to provide space for Sanford stadium expansion. One of the things that makes Sanford such a great venue for games is its central campus location. Even fans of other rival schools admit the location of our stadium is something they really like.

            If the stadium experience is so bad to someone that they don’t want to attend games in person, maybe they need to let someone else have their tickets and stay home and watch from the comfort of their couch. I enjoy the games and think the stadium is fine. I wish they had never added the 600 level but that is done and isn’t going away.

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            • ATL Dawg

              When is the last time you bought season tickets?

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              • JCDawg83

                I spent many tens of thousands on tuition and donations to the actual university and the business college. I don’t view the university as a life support system for the stadium and the football program.

                What year did you graduate and what degree did you earn?

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                • ATL Dawg

                  BBA 97

                  When you’re lecturing season ticket holders about what they should put up with, maybe you should be a little more forthright and add that you’ve never donated to the Hartman Fund or paid for season tickets?

                  But I give you props. That was some high quality spin work. Taking the pathetic bathroom/concession conditions at Sanford and turning it into an issue of whether the university is a “life support system for the stadium and the football program” was beautiful. However, implying that people should just hold it and not drink or eat while in the stadium was probably my favorite part.

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            • The Dawg abides

              Reed is small and outdated, and while it’s sentimental to some, the dorm space can be easily replaced. We used to register for classes in Memorial, but I have no idea what it’s used for now. Neither are really historically significant, at least not like some on North campus. Expanding the concourse areas is something that’s either going to be done or it’s not. If it is eventually, then some buildings will have to come down. The ones I mentioned are way more expendable than actual classroom, lab, and research buildings on the South side of the stadium. Either way, the closest I’ll get to having any input is spitballing on a blog message board.

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              • JCDawg83

                Small and outdated are pluses in my opinion. Whether they are historically significant depends on your experience. The same could be argued for Demosthenian Hall if it was in the way of a new “Diversity Building” or technology center.

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            • Chopdawg

              What I’d really like to see–of course it will never happen–is for the bench seats to be replaced with actual chairs, like the people in Jacksonville did to the old Gator Bowl.

              What could happen is someone could spend some $$ to upgrade the concessions service. How much would it take to get the vendors back into the Sanford aisles, selling waters or Cokes at least?

              Also, I’ve sat near the SW corner of the upper deck for the past several seasons, and it sure looks to me like there’d be space for a couple of additional restrooms, maybe across the concourse from the existing restrooms.

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    • PTC DAWG

      JC makes valid points.

      I would ask, what is wrong with the stadium now? IF I was in charge, the 600 level would have never been built..that is the change I would make if I could. Maybe matching sky boxes…but other than that, nothing.

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  2. Uglydawg.

    I wonder if McG has explored the idea of pay toilets in Sanford.

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    • Uglydawg.

      Of course that’s a joke, but after I thought about it…what if they had just a couple of new and clean pay toilets..the rest were free. It would work like the express lanes on the highway…people with lots of money could take an extravagant dump while other’s waited. The price would be determined by the waiting time. You know even McG hates standing in line to pee during football games…OK, I’ll stop.

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      • Otto

        ..and the McG could cut a deal with the Varsity to sell chili dogs without the usual event mark ups associated with concessions at sporting events.

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    • Whiskeydawg

      Pay to get in or…..get out.

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  3. JoshG

    How much are Kirby and Pittman throwing in?

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  4. J-DawG

    Instead of upgrading football facilities Kirby needs to whisper in Morehead’s ear about upgrading from McStupid.

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  5. 79Dawg

    So you’re saying I shouldn’t be holding my breath waiting on the “funding secured” tweet from McGarity???

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  6. FlyingPeakDawg

    I’ll throw in the golf balls for the putt-putt course and some noodles for the water park.

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  7. Nacho

    Good news boys. McEars is gone this June, so no more piecemeal bullshit and complete mismanagement of absolutely everything.

    A master plan is on the way with a new AD…because, well, that’s the first thing anyone with half a fucking brain would put together.

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