Putting the cocktail back into the WLOCP

Gotta admit I didn’t see this one coming.

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said UGA and Florida will be discussing whether or not to sell alcohol in general seating areas at the schools’ rivalry game in Jacksonville…

“We could always do what both schools desire to do, (but) alcohol has not been sold in the general seating at Everbank (now TIAA) Field since we’ve played the game there (1996),” McGarity told DawgNation.

“It’s like any other neutral site game, as far as the same deal at Mercedes-Benz Stadium — schools could sell alcohol at professional stadiums,” he said. “So if we wanted to implement we could. It would be something we’d have to agree upon.”

Hell, if making money is the raison d’être for Jacksonville, you might as well make as much of it as you can.  (Of course, that increases the revenue gap between staying there and going home-and-home, which probably means the folks in Jacksonville brought it up in the first place.)

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27 responses to “Putting the cocktail back into the WLOCP

  1. I can see the Jax haters now adding this to the list of why people don’t want the series to move to campus if alcohol sales are allowed.

    “You just want your beach trip, your Friday round of golf, and the beer in your seats! You’re part of the problem of the Georgia Way!”

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  2. Brandon

    Great. The asshole next to me did a Peter Pan last year in the first quarter into the unsuspecting row in front of him. Behind me some guy about got his ass beat because he stuck his hand in a stranger’s melty cheese fries (who were for said stranger’s wife, and the stranger’s wife was who intended to deliver the ass whoopin’). I’m sure plowing these people with alcohol for four quarters will improve the situation.

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    • You really think they’ll sell beer all four quarters?

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      • Brandon

        How long do you think they’ll sell them? I’m asking. People are already drunk enough is what I’m saying, I don’t see how any of it will help.

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        • Most stadiums cut off sales before the start of the fourth quarter.

          What I don’t get about criticism like this is we’ve now got plenty of real world data that doesn’t suggest in-stadium beer and wine sales magnify a problem. Is there something in particular about this venue to suggest otherwise?

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          • Brandon

            It’s not the venue itself, you know as well as I do though that the WLOCP is a different animal. People do treat the alcohol consumption like a sport of its own down there. I’ve had 3-4 times the number of in-game incident observations like those described above in Jacksonville than Sanford or anywhere else, though I must give LSU at night an honorable mention.

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            • Eh… the drunkest I’ve seen folks was in Athens for an Auburn game, the one that left North Campus covered in trash.

              I haven’t missed a game in Jax since ’79 and don’t think the alcohol consumption there is particularly different on average from any other big SEC venue.

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              • Brandon

                I’m from Waycross, we benefit more from it location wise than practically anyone so I don’t want it moved but I’ve been to a dozen plus myself, but my experience with alcohol related incidents is decidedly different.

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              • 79Dawg

                We’ve all seen (been?) plenty of obnoxious drunks everywhere (okay, maybe not at Mizzou or Vandy), but I tend to agree with Brandon that Jacksonville seems to bring out the worst in the most, on a regular basis… Given those pre-existing conditions, I don’t think selling more booze in Jacksonville will make the problem significantly worse than it already is.
                I mean if we’re being honest, most of the pukers and truly wasted leave by the end of the first quarter anyway…

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            • JCDawg83

              I think the 50/50 fan split fuels the fire. Both sides are fired up to show they are the most passionate and neither team being away makes their fans much less likely to behave like outsiders visiting another campus. Both fan bases are trying to “take over” Jacksonville.

              I could be wrong but I don’t see the intense partying at games in Athens or other campuses.

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              • Dawgoholic

                Jax seems about equal to most places to me. I’ve been to 17 of the last 19 and have actually seen fewer incidents there than at other places. Selling inside will help more than it hurts as more people will drink less beforehand beacuse they know they can buy inside.

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        • Brandon

          And I’m pro-Jax by the way, I’m just anri-drunken 50 year old adolescent.

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    • JCDawg83

      I’ve seen the same in Sanford, Williams Brice, Clemson, Bobby Dud, pretty much every stadium I’ve ever been to and no alcohol was being sold in the stadium. The guy who drinks like a fish for six hours before kickoff and acts a fool in the stadium isn’t going to be any worse if he can buy an $8 beer inside. I think the issue will be the marginal guy (or girl) who has had a few drinks before the game and the drinks they have in the game push them past the tipping point where they go from enthusiastic cheering fan to obnoxious, foul mouthed drunk and ruin the experience for the people around them. Even with the drinking pre game now, college football games are still relatively family friendly and are a pretty safe place to take kids. I’d hate to see that change.

      I drink before the games but I would probably never buy a beer or any alcohol in a stadium. I like the 3+ hours of the game to sober up for the trip home. Selling alcohol in the stadium won’t really affect me but if I had a say, I’d be against selling alcohol in the stadium.

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  3. 79Dawg

    As I mentioned on a thread late last week, this is the logical “first step”, given the logistical issues of selling alcohol at NFL stadiums is basically zero, unlike at Sanford…

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    • Right. Selling beer/wine at Sanford will require constructing new concessions locations and adding trained staff. Places like Jax and M/B already have the physical locations and staff.

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      • stoopnagle

        Take a Dippin’ Dots cart, add lots of ice and a lot of cans of Coors Light. PRESTO.

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        • 79Dawg

          Spoken like someone who hasn’t tried to (ok, been badgered relentlessly into) buy Dippin’ Dots for his kids lately…
          And if there’s one thing Sanford Stadium has plenty of one a steaming hot September day, its extra ice (or space to store it)! (No doubt they will have plenty of beer at 33 degrees (shoutout to our old aisle vendor at Fulton County Stadium!) ready to go for those cold November night games though!)
          Many (most?) on this site talk about this like they will have the full array of Creature Comforts beers throughout Sanford Stadium next fall, not miss too much game action and not be hassled – they really crack me up!

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    • The Georgia Way

      Do they actually pay the people who work the game in Jacksonville?

      #RESTASSUREDITSAPRIVILEGE #COMMITTOTHEG

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  4. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    I am in favor of it if it means that we can go back to calling it the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party as God intended.

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  5. Uglydawg.

    If I have to pass along a beer from a vendor to a Gator fan, I intend to take a big gulp out of it when it goes by me. I may put a dollar bill in it to compensate them, but only if it’s cold.

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  6. personally I will only be satisfied if the Alcoholic Genius tells me how to properly process this additional information. My default position is….you can never have too much beer.

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  7. more spinners

    General seating area. What are the numbers of fans and what will be the cost.
    Will it be served by scantly dressed cocktail waitresses…like near stripper kind.
    Heck just go ahead and whoever is in the lead in 4th quarter allow those fans to get a discount to celebrate, after all they earned it.
    Think they need to add some pole dancers while doing this… that revenue can go in too,
    Just wonder how this will go if the Gators go back on one of those decade long runs where they keep Dawgs out of the East run.
    Should conserve H2O and shut down restrooms in 4th quarter.
    Who knew that beer could control Dawgs record and ability to recruit like Bama and LSU.
    Nope. As always sacrifice the team so that beer / cocktail crowd can keep that 50’s title.

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