Georgia announces its 2020 seating plan.

To nobody’s surprise, you’ve got to pay to play.

How many fans will be allowed to attend games at Sanford Stadium?
Sanford Stadium will be operating at approximately 20-25% capacity. All tickets will be available in blocks of 4 to maximize inventory and maintain social distancing measures. This reduction is based off of 6′ social distancing throughout the seating bowl of Sanford Stadium.

Why are 2020 UGA football season tickets no longer available?
Due to the reduced capacity, it is our goal to provide as many Hartman Fund donors, who have season tickets, with the opportunity to attend home game(s) this fall.

Do I have to participate in the single game request process?
No. Donors will have the option to opt-in or opt-out of the single game ticket request process. Regardless of whether you opt-in or opt-out for 2020 ticket opportunities, you will be eligible to renew your previously established season ticket locations for the 2021 season.

Will I be able to sit in my same seats?
Due to reduced capacity and measures taken to provide physical distance between guests, donors will not be able to secure their exact seats for games this season.

How much will the single game tickets cost?
Single tickets will cost $150/ticket per-game. This includes a $75 ticket price and a $75 Hartman Fund contribution requirement. These costs will be deducted from any previously paid 2020 football season ticket payments and/or 2020 Hartman Fund contributions.

I appreciate that they’re keeping existing locations in place for next season, even if you elect to opt-out for 2020 tickets.

Allocations are based on previous giving.

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As the cool kids say these days, it is what it is.

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UPDATE:  Cocktail Party news

• Georgia’s ticket allotment for the Florida game (Nov. 7) will be around 9,000, with the school following the Jacksonville Jaguars stadium reduction plan (currently 25 percent).

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

    I’m gonna hit that secondary market for the MSU game if I can.

    I wanna see Kirby go against Mike Leach more than just about anything this season.

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  2. KornDawg

    I have absolutely no problem with this model. My concern was how they would handle HF money and how it would effect priority next year.So we get the money back, if we want, and don’t lose our spot. That’s all I was asking for (no one actually asked me, though.) The 3x points for giving to the UGA COVID fund is nice, but, realistically speaking, an extra 1800 points isn’t getting me any closer to SECCG/playoff tickets.

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  3. Ed Bodenhamer

    This is so much more equitable and even-handed than I thought Butts-Mehre was capable of. Pretty much the best they could have done in the situation at hand.

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  4. Castleberry

    A little worse than I expected for me, but not far off. I am definitely chapped that Magill Society with < half my cumulative score will get to order twice as many games as me.

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    • Ed Bodenhamer

      Yeah, that’s not great, but honestly surprised they’re allowing us Hartman donors to apply for any tickets at all, let alone two.

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    • I agree that years of giving getting trumped by “what have you done for me lately” stinks. Seems there should be some more value in your total donor point score for the ticket access but it isn’t killing me since I won’t likely attend anyway. I have little interest in attending a game with 25% of the stadium filled. It would be depressing and ruin the experience. I would rather watch in HD from home with better food and beverage options if I can’t experience the energy of a packed house.

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      • I’m not sure how the distinction between Hartman and McGill works. I’ve only ever done Hartman. Someone explain that to me.

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        • My bad. Asked and answered.

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        • Hartman is basically the minimum (or more if you so choose) you have to donate to be able to buy season tickets. You donor points are the accumulation of all the donations you have made over the years. McGill is a another donation but, I think you have to pledge a certain level over a number of years and it gets you perks. One of which jumps you ahead of someone who may have 90K donor score built up over 30 years (for example) because the McGill donor gives more per year. They nay have done so for only three years but may have given $75K. McGill get more access than the Hartman example because they have given more per year than the Hartman example (at least as far as I understand it. I could be way off.)

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  5. dawgphan34

    Seems fair enough.

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  6. redhotchilidawg

    We are a mortal lock for the Natty. How do I know? Because it would be the most Georgia thing ever to win a natty in a year with an asterisk and 80% of our fans not having a chance to see a game in person after wandering in the wilderness for 40 years.

    Having the season cancelled when we have generational talent on D would also be the most Georgia thing ever, but I am trying to be an optimist today…

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

      No asterisk this year. The playoff has the only two leagues that matter playing this year, and another league that makes the playoff. In 2017, neither the Big Ten or the Pac-12 made the playoff. In fact, both leagues lead the way in missing the playoff.

      The Big Ten and the Pac-12 haven’t won a Playoff Game in 5 straight years. In fact, the only time a team from the Big Ten and Pac-12 have ever won a playoff game was in the first playoff. They have those three wins total, and that’s all.

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  7. Considering that money is the factor that already decides everything from real estate to politics and war, I think the leaders of the sport are missing a real opportunity to chart their own course, as they have so capably demonstrated in the past.

    I have two words for your consideration (hear me out, hear me out): “dick length.”

    PS. We’ll leave it to the nerds to decide whether “dick length” is two words, or, in fact, one hyphenated word. Since they won’t be wasting time actually measuring said “length,” I say we allow them this dispensation.

    If you read this reply as if Stewie Griffin said it, it works. Trust me.

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    • I rarely make remarks like the above because I do entertain the fantasy that we do have some ladies who stop in from time to time (I bet our fearless moderator has some idea if and how many). And to you, I offer my sincerest apologies for my crassness. But also my inequality. I couldn’t find a way to make that line generally apply without making it much, much worse.

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  8. I’m as happy with this plan as I was going to be. I’ve had no illusions that basic donors would be treated the same as the folks who give big bucks. Frankly, I didn’t think we’d get any consideration at all, and we all knew that they would want to keep all the money that they could. I have two questions: 1) which game will they consider to be worst match-up and thus give those tickets to the lowest points holders, MSU or Vandy? And 2) what about students? Did I miss what the plan is for them? I’ve always felt they should get tickets before anyone else.

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  9. Migraine Boy

    I have a feeling that this might be the beginning of the bursting of the attendance bubble. I know it’s not necessarily UGA’s fault, but I think a lot of fans are going to realize after this season how much more comfortable and convenient it is to watch games at home and will wonder why they plunk down so much money for such a hastle. Just a theory…

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    • I realize watching the game in Section HD is a better deal with better comfort and convenience. Hell, it’s better than sitting in a SkySuite with all you can eat and drink. I know making the trip to Athens is a hassle. The reason I go is you can’t replicate the Athens experience at home. A calzone at DePalma’s. Brunch at Mama’s Boy. Tropicalia at Creature Comforts. A stroll downtown into the shops. For me, I walk through the Arch every opportunity I get. A trip to the bookstore. Attending the Dawg Walk (which is probably taking a hiatus). Watching the Redcoats form the Arch. Krypton as the team takes the field. Calling on the Dawgs at the opening kickoff. Celebrating a win like the Notre Dame game last year.

      I put up with the traffic, the expensive parking (or lack thereof), the restroom capacity, the concessions, etc. because of the Athens experience.

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      • Migraine Boy

        Yeah, that’s true. I forget that as an Athens resident I have 24/7 access that others don’t (though game day Athens is a whole different animal)

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

        Nothing in the world is like Athens on Gameday. Nothing.

        It’s better than Disney World. It’s better than World Series baseball. There is nothing better than going back home and being in the Classic City surrounded by 150K people wearing Red and Black.

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        • Disney World is similar … the only sports experience I would take over a day in Athens is a day on the grounds at Augusta National in April.

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          • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

            Disagree about Disney World (I’d always rather be in Athens, even for a game against Southwestern Missouri State), but agree about Augusta. I’ve never been able to go. My ultimate bucket list sports event would be Sunday at Augusta following around the final pairing all day.

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            • My family loves Disney World … to each his own. 😉 I love going to Augusta. I haven’t been to a Super Bowl, World Series, Final Four or World Cup (I did go to the Olympics in ’96). IMHO, it’s the most well-run sporting event on the planet. If you want to follow a group and see the whole course, go on a practice round day. If you go on a tournament day, you can’t get close enough to each green to get a real feel for the place especially with the final groups.

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              • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

                So better to get there when the gate opens Sunday morning and briskly walk to either 18 or Amen Corner and stakeout your spot? Noted.

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                • Best thing to do (and you really can only do this at Augusta) is to get to the gates early with your Masters chair in hand (or quickly buy one) and head to wherever you want to sit to watch for the day and put your chairs down (no one and I mean no one will move them if they are in a location set aside for chairs). Amen Corner is overrated as a spectator location because you can’t really see the putting on 12 or tee shots on 13. (I like the 13th green, 16, and the 9th green – the 2nd green is an underrated spot) 12 is a good place to see some NASCAR style wrecks if the wind is blowing and you want to watch professionals try to figure out the wind around Rae’s Creek. Once you have your chair down, walk the golf course and don’t worry about who you’re seeing … it’s like going to Fenway Park if you aren’t a Red Sox fan. Definitely drop in on Amen Corner. Go up to the main concession area by the clubhouse and eat pimento cheese, egg salad, and moon pies till you drop. Spend a small fortune in the main golf shop by the clubhouse for yourself and your buddies that want something. Head back to your chairs and enjoy the rest of your day. Make multiple trips to the concession tent closest to you.

                  I’m so going to miss not being there on Tuesday in November.

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                • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

                  I keep putting my name in the lottery. Maybe one day!

                  My friend and former college roommate got lottery tickets for Moving Day, but instead of selling them to me or you know, taking me, he sold them. I love that man like a brother, but I’ll never forgive him for that. Ever.

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                • No way would I enter the lottery just to turn around and sell my tickets to the highest bidder (for one, you can get on the wrong side of Augusta National that way if they catch you – that wrong side means you lose ticket privileges).

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                • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

                  I don’t know the politics of it all, but I do often remind him that he sold my dreams to the highest bidder. Did it help pay off a credit card for him? Yes, but I still would’ve almost been able to pay him what he got for them.

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                • It would be really hard to sell a couple of Masters tickets … hell, I don’t even put my unused Georgia tickets up for sale. I typically give them to a friend or to a daughter to take a non-UGA friend.

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          • None of any of it is close to a World Cup.

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            • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

              Excuse me, Sir, this is a Wendy’s.

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            • Ever been to The Masters?

              Sure, the energy from all of the soccer fans of the world coming together for the World Cup would be awesome.

              The Masters is still the best run (and I would argue most patron-friendly) sporting event on the planet. Measure #1 of that is the fact that the waiting list to get tickets has been closed for decades now.

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      • Castleberry

        +100
        I’ve been to so many incredible games. So many father son moments. Folks like us will keep going until the bitter end.
        @Migraine Boy – I doubt it’s a complete bubble burst, but I’d bet on accelerated erosion. Complete lack of access will soften all but the most die-hard…

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    • UGADawgGuy

      I agree, except I’d posit that that bubble started to burst several years ago.

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  10. About what I expected. I just wish we could roll over what we already paid and contributed to the 2021 season instead of getting a refund and turning around to give it right back in early 2021.

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  11. practicaldawg

    I have enough status to request 2 games, which I did. Unfortunately my status probably falls well short of being able to actually get into those games. But what the hell. If I get them great. I can either go or sell them for GDP of a small island nation. If not, I’m right back to where I thought I’d be.

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  12. As someone in the bottom tier according to the table, I’m not convinced I’ll get the tickets to the 1 game I’ll be able to request. If it do get one, I assume it will be in the frigid 600 level for Vandy in December. Maybe it will be a noon game, so I won’t need to wear a freaking parka in addition to a mask.

    I assume those with higher priority are going to snap up all of the tickets and put the ones they don’t care about on the secondary market.

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    • It seems like masking isn’t going to be required once you arrive at your seats as long you don’t bring a friend.

      “Face coverings (over the nose and mouth) shall be required as a condition of all guest ingress, egress, and movement throughout the stadium, as well as any time guests are unable to maintain the recommended physical distance from others who are not in their same household.”

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  13. I’m in the theoretical spot of being granted access to 2 games. I have no idea which 2 games I would be able to attend- although I’m betting I won’t draw AU and UTK. On top of that, I don’t know where my seats would be or have any idea if I’d be permitted to tailgate, which is one of the main reasons I like to attend. Since that won’t be decided until after 8/26, I’m probably requesting a full refund for the season since I won’t lose much with the points reduction, or my place for 2021. The COVID-19 tax donation offering isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.

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    • Right now, I’m probably going to request a refund for the difference between what I do receive and my contribution and my 3 season tickets or a full refund if I don’t get tickets. That reserve fund is there for a reason.

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  14. ASEF

    Money, money, money.

    Could have done some fun things with students. Less short-term revenue, but probably some solid long-term returns.

    Oh well.

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    • UGADawgGuy

      When it comes to football ticket access, UGA has been mortgaging future alumni engagement in service of older alumni for nearly two decades now.

      Things are going to go south in a relatively hurry, probably starting in the early 2030s.

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  15. stoopnagle

    Ticket Refund = Big Ass TV To Watch The Games On

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  16. Someone who’s already opted-in for tickets this year: were you able to pick which games you might want to attend? Is there going to be any sort of online seat-selection for individual games, like there was (for season tix) last May? What if you don’t like which game(s) you’re assigned, or don’t like your ticket location, can you decline to purchase the ticket and have the $$$ refunded?

    I’ve read the email several times & don’t see these in the FAQ’s. Thx in advance.

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    • The process is just like post-season tickets. You select every game you are willing to accept a ticket to attend. Once you submit, you have committed to 4 tickets for the game(s) you are allocated in the seat locations you are allocated. They have even stated the priority – Auburn, Tennessee, MSU, Vandy – that they will be allocating tickets. It appears you will then be able to choose what to do with the remainder of your 2020 Hartman donation and unfilled season tickets.

      Basic example:
      Hartman donation $1,000
      Season tickets 850
      Total funds 1,850
      1 game – 600
      Refund available 1,250

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  18. Personally I think they should have taken all interested season ticket holders and had a random drawing on a per game basis. Only use the donations made to break impasses.

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