93,246 of our closest friends

It’s gonna be cozier than usual at the Notre Dame game.

When you hear that Georgia will have an overflow crowd for the Notre Dame game, believe it.

The Bulldogs will set an all-time attendance record for Sanford Stadium when the Fighting Irish visit Sept. 21. In the visitors ticket agreement UGA made with Notre Dame when it brokered a home-and-home series to be played in 2019 and 2017, the Bulldogs promised 8,000 tickets to the Fighting Irish for this year’s contest.

The trouble is, Sanford Stadium does not have the room to accommodate its home crowd plus 8,000 visitors. It has room to seat only 7,500.

To solve the problem, UGA decided to bring in extra seats for next week’s historic matchup between the hedges between the No. 3-ranked Bulldogs and No. 8 Notre Dame (8 p.m., CBS). To do that, temporary aluminum bleachers will be installed on the West End plaza, underneath the Sanford Stadium scoreboard and at the back of Sections 143 and 139.

A contract is a contract and McGarity was grateful for every drop the Irish offered him on the 2017 game.

“This is all due to our up-front request to maximize our seating block at Notre Dame (in 2017),” Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity said Tuesday. “They offered us 8,000 seats and we accepted it, even though we knew we didn’t have room for that many here. We knew we were taking a risk, but it was extremely important to us to get 500 more seats; 500 tickets is like gold to our fans. So, I wanted to be able to get as many as we could, and we’d figure it out later.”

More like gold to Butts-Mehre, but I digress.  In any event, if you’re McGarity and you know what ticket demand for a Georgia-Notre Dame match is, the issue isn’t providing ND with 8,000 tickets, it’s finding a way to do that without giving up any seats for the locals.

I don’t have any problem with that, but it’s sure gonna stretch game day logistics a wee bit more at a facility that’s already maxed out in certain ways.


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15 responses to “93,246 of our closest friends

  1. Gaskilldawg

    That means probably 150 more cars looking for places to park, 500 more 500 more trying to get through 1 gate and 500 more people standing in lines to pee.

    Wonder if those temporary seats were in the tickets sold to ND or if some students got moved there? Or if those seats will be for the ND band?


  2. Salty Dawg

    I’m sure McGreedy is fine with the peons being crammed in for the extra money. It’s just one game, everyone effected by it can just cope. Thanks, Greg!


  3. It sounds like the temporary seats are going to be used by students. I think 500 seats in the first west student section is being allocated to ND visitor seats.

    When Texas comes to Athens, I hope we send their band and fans to the Fech deck just like what they did to LSU.

    Liked by 1 person

    • KornDawg

      I hope we don’t. Let ’em sit where they normally would. We don’t need to resort to pettiness for a supposed edge. But it’s my understanding that Texas is putting all bands up there due to renovations or something.


      • Tony Barnfart

        No way. I was watching the 2001 Auburn game (in Athens) replay some time this summer…….those bastards were loud when so many more of them were in that northwest corner. Loud enough to give them an edge when our offense was deep on that side of the field.
        /hard pass


  4. Greg "grab-n-go" McGarity

    Rest assured, those 500 extra tickets in 2017 were gold when it came to using them to get people to join the Magill Society.


  5. I worked an extra year so I could get my f/s tix for this game. My original plan was to sell my guest seat and pay for my season. As the game approached I kept thinking. “I’ve been going to Georgia games for 35 years, do I really want to sell a ticket and sit with someone I charge a bunch of money”? I’m flying my brother in from LA for the game. He’s a huge sports fan, hated Notre Dame but college football is way down this list for him.I did take him to the 84 Rose Bowl but not the latest. I think this is the best way to spend my last season.


    • Tony Barnfart

      Damn man, I would have sat next to you for NOT a bunch of money. Saving my fellow man from the guilt and all. /we do what we can


  6. W Cobb Dawg

    Maybe they can put stands on the bridge. I want to see a big crowd from my living room recliner.


  7. Tony Barnfart

    Question: can you still just hang out on the bridge through the entirety of a game ? I haven’t been to a game in 4 years but I’ve never really paid close attention to people on the bridge anyway…….thought I heard that was deemed a security issue.


  8. Bulldog Joe

    ‘Temporary’ seating can work if it’s high enough as we have seen in Jacksonville. The west end zone project now provides a platform between the west stands and the bridge, as well as an entry point from the bridge. It is currently used for ADA seating at the top of the west stands. If the temporary seating is high enough, the view can be better than the 600-level.

    Restroom and concession access is not convenient, however.


  9. Down Island Way

    Deal had been made, arraignments made to accommodate those VISITORS, not the locals and students should have to relocate in temporary seats…no way, no how…unless someone has shit their pants, bad fucking management