“Personally, I’m hoping that we don’t have to put any restrictions on at Sanford Stadium.”

But Georgia is planning on the alternatives, according to Marc Weiszer.  There are plans in the works for three options:  no fans, limited attendance and full capacity.

Full capacity speaks for itself, as does no fans.  It’s the limited attendance option that I’m skeptical about.

In a limited attendance option, there would be mandatory social distancing and seating would be in groups of two, four, five or six at Sanford Stadium. Designated seating throughout Sanford and other athletic venues would maintain a six foot distance with decals for concessions and restrooms and entrances.

Misting tents and water refills stations will be eliminated. Cashless operations for parking, ticketing and concessions are envisioned.

Mandatory and designated implies some sort of enforcement protocol.  Good luck with that.  Beyond that, how do they plan on disbursing the crowd after the game?

Oh, yeah.  One more thing:  for any scenario that doesn’t involve full attendance, “No outside activations or gatherings of any nature.”  In other words, no tailgating.  While I know that’s Michael Adams’ wet dream, what exactly are fans arriving early supposed to do?  Sit quietly in their cars?  Sit quietly in Sanford Stadium?  I guess it’ll be one or the other, assuming they’re allowed into the stadium early.

It’s uncharted territory and y’all know what Mike Tyson said about plans.

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50 responses to ““Personally, I’m hoping that we don’t have to put any restrictions on at Sanford Stadium.”

  1. “Limited” is a lie and impossibility. Ive already seen the attempts at 50% and 6ft at the beach with a few thousand people and it’s a joke. It’s not remotely happening. Our virus numbers are jumping over tourists and no one cares. Not saying that’s right, but it is. And these people are from all sorts of northern states. People just dont care anymore, and they’re not changing.

    Either no fans, or people have to make their own decision. But let’s just go with the later, people are already doing w/e they want. It’s all a pretend game with phase 2. During the peak, Walmart’s were packed. It was a joke.

    So just open the doors and take personal risk, bc it’s already happening, and everything else is just a lie to act like someone cares or the government to pretend to do the right thing.

    If you’re worried, do what I do, wash hands and stay away from humans. You can say theres only 25k people in a stadium, but they’re gonna be spreading germs and on top of each other regardless. It’s just a lie.

    If someone says “so, we should just let people die?”. I wish it wasn’t the case, but theyre just gonna do it anyway. Did your grocery stores? So no fans, or who cares. The middle is a lie.

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    • Aladawg

      +++ All right on spot. Orange Beach and Gulf Shores were/are ridiculous before during and after. People in the USA just don’t want to be managed by state, local or federal government. They like their freedom and it’s just the way it is.

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      • From the age of around 5 or 6 to my early forties I wore uniform with the American Flag on the shoulder. My civilian jobs have all been in nonprofits and health care. I care about our country I care about my community I care about our people. But getting ever so close to half a century I’ve really come to realize and believe that I can barely control my own bubble. Much less anybody else’s. I can only do me and hopefully influence my significant others to make good decisions and take care of themselves, and try to take care of them. If I get sick I’m 100% sure it’s gonna come from my girlfriend’s kid. Because short of locking her in her Room for an entire year… kids are gonna hang out with kids and I can’t say what their families do.

        Wash your hands, don’t swap spit, wear your mask, If you’re sick, lockdown yourself.

        In Florida during phase one the beach was fine. But the day it opened up thousands upon thousands of out of state tags. What can you do. They like to say it’s republicans in Florida and so on and so forth but it’s not. It’s just people

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  2. DC Weez

    If four or five people drive up to the game in an enclosed vehicle, why is it that those four or five people can’t stand or sit outside their vehicle and have a socially distanced tailgate? Seems to me that the ride up and back is substantially more dangerous.

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    • It’s all really stupid is why. We can either have quarantines or not. You can’t enforce 330M to stay 6 ft apart. As clearly evidenced by the riots.

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      • Please, do not compare a gathering of 93,000 of my closest friends to the lawless, destructive activities of those who have no respect for others…

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        • The point still stands. No one is gonna abide by social distancing rules in an open environment and there’s nothing that can be done to stop it.

          And if you think those 93000 people are saints then I don’t think you’ve been to a football game.

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  3. Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

    Not allowing tailgating seems to be counter intuitively stupid. I get the impulse, but as long as long as the guidance is, “Tailgate only with whom you’re sitting,” and as long as the tailgaters are only those who will have tickets to that particular game, I don’t understand why there’d be an issue.

    Unless the idea is forcing people into downtown to bring economic lift to restaurants and bars, but that, if you’re worried about a second coronavirus outbreak, would be truly stupid. So 🤷🏻‍♂️.

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    • I get the impulse, but as long as long as the guidance is, “Tailgate only with whom you’re sitting,” and as long as the tailgaters are only those who will have tickets to that particular game, I don’t understand why there’d be an issue.

      Enforcing that seems like a nightmare.

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

        True, but Senator, can you honestly tell me that the local Barney Fifes who so zealously enforce scooter exiting alley regulations could not be turned to using that kind of keen police work to enforcing covid-19 related tailgating restrictions?

        I think you give the Athens-Clarke County PD far too little credit! 😂

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      • Walter Geiger

        a certain former chief would gladly sign up the antifa thugs to enforce it. his wet dream for sure.

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      • Macallanlover

        You don’t, you let adults make decisions. Some will certainly make bad ones at times, but most are responsible. The Athletic Department isn’t anyone’s nanny, nor is our government. You either quarantine strictly, or you issue recommendations and explain everyone is on their own to use sound judgement. Frankly, open air situations is the least of anyone’s worries regarding the virus (and always was before 3 months of experience.) Everyone can save their aberrations to that opinion, I realize it is possible, we all make choices and have to accept the consequences. If you don’t trust people, stay home, it is the only way to control your environment.

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  4. Go Dawgs!

    Tailgating has become a fairly complex industry, but it started out of necessity. If you are bringing thousands of people to an event, particularly in a smaller town like a college town, you’re going to have serious traffic so people have to get there early. So, tailgating was born. Short of just sitting in their cars, as the Senator points out, they had to have something to do. Before there were tents, satellite TVs, and cornhole boards, there was tailgating. If you allow people to come to Sanford Stadium this fall and park on campus in order to get there, there will absolutely be tailgating this fall, regardless of how elaborate the setups are allowed to be. Even if you aren’t allowed to so much as put out a chair, there will still be people socializing outside of their vehicles as they wait to go into the stadium. And if you try to keep it off campus, there will simply be tailgating off campus. I bet you that when the University notices that people aren’t paying the ridiculous prices for parking passes anymore because a pay lot adjacent to campus is letting them put up a tent and grill instead there will be a paradigm shift.

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    • Go Dawgs!

      Forgot to mention – if you’re concerned that tailgating outdoors will spread the disease and lead to an outbreak, then you really should not be planning to let people sit inside Sanford Stadium for three and a half hours, regardless of what kind of capacity limits you want to impose. If I’m going to catch the corona virus on game day in Athens, it’s gonna happen inside of the stadium where I have the least amount of freedom to move and create space for myself.

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  5. PTC DAWG

    Plans will evolve…IF you are concerned for your health, stay home.

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  6. Given the fact that the University of Georgia is a public space, I don’t think anyone really can do a darn thing about people gathering whether that’s to protest or to have a few beers before a football game. If they want to restrict access to university (especially student housing) parking lots, that’s a completely different animal. There will be a whole lot of donors who will raise holy hell if that happens.

    I am at the beach in North Florida right now. People are generally staying away from one another. Stores in the shopping district are requiring you to wear a mask if you want to enter (and giving them to people who don’t have one).

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    • PTC DAWG

      I’m still not seeing what a mask does for a perfectly fine person.

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      • It supposed to protect others from you. I’ve elected to have my daughters go in the coffee shop to get my morning 2nd cup. I haven’t shopped, so while they go in the store, I get a frozen mojito or a Cuba Libre.

        I think the science of the mask is supposed to be to protect others from you if you’re asymptomatic.

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        • PTC DAWG

          How so? If someone is worried about being protected, wear a mask. Or stay 6 feet away from everyone. Perfectly healthy/not worried people are not in need of protection…maybe from the overreach of the Govt..but I digress.

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        • PTC DAWG

          The asymptomatic spread is in doubt too at this moment. The transfer from hard surfaces is out the window too.

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          • Brandon M

            Basically with each passing week the CDC is retracting all the bogus BS they were certain about 2 months ago that lead to widespread panic and shutting the entire country down. People have had enough. Time to get back to our lives. If you are too scared to do that, stay home.

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    • What beach in north Florida, bc I’m right at one, and it’s been fairly wide open. Bars are basically normal.

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  7. F your no tailgating rule. That’s how I feel. Want to see a drop off in attendance, ticket sales and revenue? Tell everyone they have to be driving into Athens about the same time because we can’t tailgate.

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  8. spur21

    I think the results of the mass gatherings to protest will be a litmus test for the spread of Covid. If there isn’t a large verifiable spike in hospitalizations we may be good to go with other gatherings.

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    • jtp03

      Lots of states are already spiking cases presumed to be from Memorial Day activity, the next week or so should show if the protests added to the numbers.

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      • Paul

        The numbers from the protests won’t show up for at least a month. That’s how long it will take for people to be hospitalized. Most states admit they are fudging their numbers at this point. And many are trending up despite undercounting.

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  9. Gaskilldawg

    I have not read the entire document but I give UGA credit for trying to come up with a plan for balancing the pressure to allow access with the risk of contagion. Obviously comments above show some people see no need to be concerned about he risk of contagion but the University cannot ignore the concerns of public health officials and others who are concerned.

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  10. TripleB

    I understand why the University will regulate what goes on in the stadium where they take money from you to attend. But if I meet folks at a tailgate, it seems that’s my risk. I realize I might then go into the game, but they don’t know where anyone going into the game has been. At some point, people have to decide to stay home or endure a certain amount of risk.

    I wish they would decide what happens in the stadium and leave the rest alone.

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  11. Paul

    We are already seeing several D1 teams reporting players that are testing positive. Including Alabama, Auburn, UCF, Florida State and Iowa. My guess is that will motivate teams to quit testing. Right now you can deal with that. In the fall?

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    • Macallanlover

      I am very concerned about this, it is why I am not optimistic of this working. Folks are so over-reactive, it only takes one hint of an issue and you can have a stampede. I see it in my own family. Serious issue, and I am pretty damned cautious (because I check off all the risk factors) but I can not, will not, go 100% freak-o on this. So many errors by every expert so far, not their fault but just say “we don’t know yet”. That is why everyone has to be comfortable with their own plan. Balance and some shade of gray (as usual) is the way I approach it. I have been every bit as right as everyone else, so far. I respect other opinions, and modify my position when new information makes sense and is trustworthy.

      I am not going to a regular season game anyway, but I definitely would not go under these rules as stated in the post. BM would screw up a wet dream. Hint BM: don’t worry about consensual adults in fresh air places. Let them choose how to act, issue your recommendations and stand back.

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  12. stoopnagle

    Yeah, if you think UGA is going to buck the governor and/or leave money on the table with regard to football, then . . . yeah, I don’t know what to tell you.

    I won’t be going — but I will be getting a new very large TV to watch the games on.

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    • spur21

      Get an OLED if you can – amazing picture quality. The prices have come way down since I bought mine.

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  13. Bright idea

    I don’t even see the threat of a full house until October 10 Auburn game and since this is an election year, paranoia will be at full force by then so it all may be locked down again. As for tailgating, people will show up for that without going into the game to avoid contact.

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