The most amusing part of yesterday’s announcement that Georgia Tech will play five “home” games in the friendly confines of Mercedes Benz Stadium is the squirming attempt by the parties involved to spin the decision as something other than what it obviously is, a necessary move by an athletic department in desperate need of funds.
That’s why you get laughable statements about non-monetary benefits like these:
Coach Geoff Collins has a bauble that he can dangle in front of prospects – a home game every year in the stadium that has hosted the Super Bowl and the College Football Playoff Championship game.
“We see our location as being an asset that cannot be duplicated by our competitors,” Stansbury said.
Tech fans can watch their team in the opulence of MBS. And Tech can further connect itself to the city of Atlanta, which has been an objective of Stansbury’s since his hire and has likewise been a priority for Collins.
If MBS is such a fantastic asset, then why doesn’t Tech go ahead and move all of its home games there?
“I think Georgia Tech’s done a great job since Todd has come here, and coach Collins, of really breaking through the clutter, and this is another example of that,” Peach Bowl CEO and president Gary Stokan said. “Out-of-the-box thinking in a marketplace that’s tough.”
The clutter of playing home games in your own stadium clutter? WTF, Stokan? How out of the box is it to play a game at a place that regularly hosts kickoff classics and championship games? It’s not like playing at MBS is some unique, never to be duplicated happening.
This is the only brand that matters.
For the four games besides the Clemson game, Tech will rent MBS and collect gate receipts. Stansbury was particularly excited about the large volume of private suites that can be sold for those games. At Bobby Dodd Stadium, there is a waiting list for premium seating.
At Mercedes-Benz Stadium, over five days between 2020 and 2024, that’s revenue that’s waiting to be collected.
It’s a money grab, plain and simple. You know it. I know it. Gary Stokan knows it. Todd Stansbury sure as hell knows it. Even the folks at Stingtalk know it.