“We’re trying to buy a little time that allows us to move forward in a safe manner or otherwise.”

Marc Weiszer has the latest on Greg McGarity’s pandemic plans:

  • “We’re looking at what others are doing,” McGarity said. “The good thing is we don’t have to make that decision right now, but I think we would all be naïve if we think there’s going to be 100 percent capacity. …I don’t think anybody’s been over the 50 percent threshold.”
  • Asked if he sees a chance for more than 25 percent capacity in Sanford Stadium if football is played, McGarity said he didn’t want to commit to anything and wanted to wait until an announcement is made. He expects that would come a couple of days after an SEC decision on the season.
  • McGarity said while SEC athletic directors are listening to their conference counterparts about their plans, he expects schools to come up with different capacity scenarios for each of their stadiums.“I don’t think there will be consistency in the SEC because there’s not consistency in a lot of different COVID protocols right now,” he said.

Sounds like home field advantage is a flexible concept in 2020.

46 Comments

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46 responses to ““We’re trying to buy a little time that allows us to move forward in a safe manner or otherwise.”

  1. MGW

    I see a scenario where the schools get to sell however many seats they deem safest for their fans in Jax.

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  2. W Cobb Dawg

    “We’re looking at what others are doing.”

    Well, that doesn’t exactly boost my confidence for having a season. Greg Mediocrity, master of the ad hoc planning approach.

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  3. Castleberry

    A few random thoughts on this. Assuming there is ball and some of us actually get to go.

    1) I saw stories recently about no tailgating for different schools. For what it’s worth, it seems like tailgating in some form may help with the flow of fans in and out of the game. If we’re only allowed to park and march into the stadium, it seems like you’ll get a mad rush of folks together vs. the normal trickle of early arrivers and folks who like to party until the last second.

    2) They’ll be losing money on the small home crowds. Why not sell beer? If there was ever a case to be made for $10 grab-n-go Tropicalia, now is the time.

    3) I’ll be really curious to see how the decide to let folks in. My bet is what Michigan did, and then sell single games for this year where they can control the seating chart / gaps a little better. I’d bet $40k Hartman points gets you in the building and $50k gets you lower level. (If it’s 25% these numbers will be higher – depending on seat purchase limits)

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    • From Weiszer’s article:

      McGarity said Georgia is not considering going the route of Michigan. The Big Ten school announced it won’t have football season tickets this season and instead plans to sell tickets on an individual basis to season ticket holders and students.

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      • Castleberry

        Dang – so that opens up a can of worms for me. How will the decide who gets in? If it’s based on spacing us out, they’re going to have to choose location over Hartman score – which runs opposite their normal behavior…

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        • In these unprecedented times, you can depend on one thing. The Georgia Way is going to Georgia Way.

          Magill members with Hartman point totals above a certain threshold will be offered first. Everyone else will line up according to their cumulative Hartman score. I imagine if you’re not in the top 30% of cumulative points, you aren’t getting season tickets if they allow fans in the stadium.

          Even with that, you can be virtually guaranteed that you likely aren’t getting the same location.

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    • 79Dawg

      re: #2 – the alcohol kills the ‘rona anyway, right???

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  4. I’m still of the opinion that they are going to play in front of no fans. There’s too much cash from the network deals at risk to walk away from that. While season ticket refunds and the messaging to students that you aren’t welcome will be painful (and probably generate some temporary bad PR), this is the only way they can really control having as close to a full season as possible.

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  5. Paul

    Well the Benz clearly feels like 25% is the ‘safe’ number. If that becomes the default for the NFL it’s going to be hard for colleges to argue they can seat more than that safely. However, I agree that getting crowds in and out is going to be problematic no matter how small they are. And which 25%? You’re going to have to choose and that means 75% aren’t likely to be happy even if they weren’t planning on attending anyway. Nobody likes to be excluded.

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    • PTC DAWG

      Whatever they decide, other than full stadiums or zero fans, it’s going to be a nightmare to implement. Some folks gonna be pissed off..no matter what they do.

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  6. papadawg

    At least we still have those fancy red flashing lights at Sanford; Maybe we can find a way to use those to boost home-field advantage. ha

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  7. ATL Dawg

    Gotta keep stringing this along to delay refunds as long as possible.

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  8. PTC DAWG

    They will do what our Govt says they can do.

    Me, I say let folks attend, sign an agreement stating they will comply with whatever rules are in place…masks..temp checks…no lawsuits if you get the Corona’s….Bubba and Earl agree to stay 6 feet apart and leave Uga alone.

    I could easily see 25% that way…money talks, that’s who gets in if they agree to comply…

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  9. I there ever was going to be a good year to play your SEC opener at Tuscaloosa, against a Saban coached team, with a new QB, new O-line, and new offensive coordinator, then this is it folks.

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  10. Dawgflan

    Give fans the option to pay extra per ticket to bring in their own food and beverage. Reduce/eliminate concession costs and still make some money. At 25 or 50% capacity would leave plenty of room for coolers.

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    • Castleberry

      That would be awesome. Sadly – I think security concerns would take away our chance for something that awesome. I’d pay $$ to bring in a box of fried chicken and a 4 pack of craft beer.

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  11. stoopnagle

    God, I can’t imagine how depressing GTP (and my CFB consumption in general) will be if the season gets delayed or cancelled.

    It’s no criticism of the good work of the blogger here, he and the commentariat are only working with what the good Lord provides, but I can only read so much of the politics of CFB before I’ve got to have some games and actual football to read about.

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    • Paul

      I honestly believe that no matter how we start the season we probably won’t finish. Teams will have to forfeit due to players being quarantined, schools will send everyone back home when the virus surges and states may go back into some form of lockdown. Then the whole thing falls apart. We thought the summer would offer respite. We were wrong. The fall is likely to be worse.

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    • If it means anything to you, I’m not exactly thrilled by the prospect of that, either.

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      • Russ

        If the season peters out (and I think it will), I say you pick a “Game of the Week” from Youtube to watch and we can all dissect it. And as a bonus, I suspect we’d be undefeated with such a season. 🙂

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        • No, we’ll be arguing about “spike or not-to-spike” and “fake punt or kick.”

          Without a CFB season, the typical Wednesday political playpen will look like a middle school playground fight compared to some of what people are going to argue about.

          Senator, I hope you have your existential post ready for whatever the outcome is because you’re going to have an ornery bunch on your hands especially if the season ends prematurely or never begins.

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          • Honestly, Between the possibility of no football or no fans. Limited season or likely not getting through the season, I don’t know that I care as much anymore. I need to get less screen time and more nature time anyway. But I don’t see any way that this season looks like something normal. And as we’ve discussed I have a lot of problems with no fans but keep playing football

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          • Russ

            Well, I’m just a lowly representative (not a Senator) but I wouldn’t pick any game where we lost. So those discussions wouldn’t come up. We have the 1978 Tech game, the 1980 and 82 Florida games, 1976 “4th and Dumb” (plus we get to see Ray Goff at QB), 1982 Auburn, 2002 Auburn, 1991 Auburn, etc. And then you have the bowl games – Purdue, Wisconsin, Nebraska (the one we won), Penn State (ditto), etc.

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      • Paul

        We do appreciate all your good work Senator and we don’t thank you often enough. Like so many others here, GTP is not only my go to blog, I rarely read anything else.

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  12. mddawg

    I imagine all of the athletic directors sitting around a large table, someone asking “who’s gonna go first?” and all of them shouting “NOT IT!”.

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  13. HiAltDawg

    My two seats will be empty because I won’t go to a game knowing some student, 20 yr+ season ticket holder or rich person that paid way more than me is getting robbed out of a game because the Atletic Director is inventing what is “fair.”

    I’ll cope with lost money this year by knowing the money’s spent and I woulda drank it away anyways and honestly, I got last year’s ND tickets on the cheap.

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  14. Sam Johnson

    I also think the season will peter out, and soI rather play UVA than Tech. Bird in the hand so to speak. I’d really like to see this new offense for a few games anyway.

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  15. 4th & Kirby

    I’m thankful to be coaching at a GHSA school where we’re able to play this season. The SEC just needs to declare what they’re going to do and do it.

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