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.