“Let us not be distracted by those who attempt to divide us. We must be united and stronger than ever before to help move our athletic program forward.” — Greg McGarity
Bill King digs into Facebook to check the fan base’s reaction to the new, “somewhat tone-deaf“ alcohol policy at Sanford Stadium. The reaction is, shall we say, a bit mixed.
It set off a bit of class warfare among fans on Facebook. One longtime fan, who regularly attends a broad spectrum of UGA athletic events, said the move was “yet another slap in the face to the common folks that make a yearly donation. Let’s let those Magill Society folks have their alcohol AND all the post season tickets, too.”
That prompted a rebuke from another fan, who belongs to the Magill Society: “Don’t punish us just because we are a certain level of donor. We have nothing to do with this.”
The first fan responded that “donors of a certain level are benefiting in many ways, while others who scratch together their $3,500 a year are simply taken for granted.”
In response, the Magill member noted: “without big donors we have no new end-zone/locker room and no indoor practice facility. Big donors are needed. I am sorry that you think that hurts you, but it is not the donors’ fault. You need to talk to the people in charge.”
Yeah, now there’s advice that’s bound to make a difference. Anyway, don’t bother that Magill member, who’s probably tied up trying to calculate how much money he’s going to make reselling his extra tickets to those primo road games coming up.
However, even in the Magill Society, there were those who questioned the move, with one member telling DawgNation: “I think they are out of touch with their fan base, and I doubt this will be that successful. Many of the $100,000 contributors have access to suites. In a suite, you can drink your own alcohol and see the game. I think this will not go over very well.”
Man, at Georgia even the elite strata have strata.
Alcohol isn’t the only factor in the growing dissatisfaction among some UGA fans over the emphasis on fundraising and catering to those with money on game day. Said another fan in a different Facebook discussion: “They want to add to the experience of the high dollar donor, and jerk around the rest of us. They’re now going to a lottery system for the parking lots and decks that were free just 2 seasons ago.”
Sorry, fan base, but Greg says it’s against the rules for you to try to divide yourself. Butts-Mehre has the exclusive on that, as long as there’s a buck to be made doing it.