Honestly, it’s hard to blame Georgia Tech for moving five games from BDS to MBS when the math adds up like this:
The athletic department estimates that the five games will generate $10 million more in revenue than if the games were to be held at Bobby Dodd Stadium, according to documents obtained in an open-records request. Moreover, the projection is based off of conservative ticket-sales figures.
That will just cover the athletic department’s $9.5 million deficit for this year. ($6 million of that comes from the changeover from Johnson to Collins. Just imagine how much bigger that would be if Tech had fired the genius.)
My two favorite tidbits from the report are:
- “For the two ACC games — Tech is at home against North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech in both 2021 and 2023, along with Boston College in 2021 and Louisville in 2023 — Tech is planning to use only the lower bowl, which has a capacity of 45,000.” Why go to MBS, then? You could have the same empty seating in the friendly confines of beautiful Bobby Dodd Stadium, no?
- Alcohol will be sold at all five games. That’s a merciful thing to offer Tech fans.