Seth’s survey sez…

If you don’t have an Athletic subscription, trust me, his fan survey is exhaustive (27 topics!).  Two questions, in particular, I thought are worth posting here to get your reaction:

Screenshot_2021-02-25 Georgia Bulldogs football fan survey How do you feel about the UGA program

Screenshot_2021-02-25 Georgia Bulldogs football fan survey How do you feel about the UGA program (1)

Feel free to opine on those, or, if you have a subscription, any other points Seth raises, in the comments.

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  1. Gaskilldawg

    Question 1: Hard to know.
    Question 2: Traffic

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  2. MGW

    Tailgating to me is the biggie. And it’s the biggest hurdle to continuing to attend games once you leave college, simply because of the obscene cost, and the fact that you can’t reliably just show up and have a reasonable place to tailgate; that’ll cost you.

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      • MGW

        You can’t really get a hotel less than six months out, and unless you have a tailgate spot you basically have to park, walk two miles straight to the game, then go straight back to your car and drive home. The further away you live the less practical that is, presuming that kind of day appeals to you.

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        • miltondawg

          I would agree. I used to love to go to Athens on game day and enjoy a long day of tailgating, catching up with friends, etc. We stopped doing that about a decade ago simply because it got to be almost more trouble than it was worth. A babysitter for three kids for 10 hours, getting home late, sitting in traffic, etc. was just too much. I suppose that now that my youngest is 13, middle is driving, and my oldest is about to go to college it would be easier, but honestly by the end of the week and working long day after long day chewing up an entire Saturday isn’t as appealing as it once was. Not having time Monday through Friday to get a lot done around the house means that Saturdays and Sundays are already pretty full of stuff to do without four plus hours of driving and nearly four hours of a game. Call it apathy, laziness, or being old, but I kind of just enjoy getting stuff done around the house, having meat on the Traeger all day, cold beer close at hand, the game on our huge TV in the den with the ability to stop, start, and rewind, and the ability to use my own bathroom without waiting.

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          • MGW

            Yes. It’s not just the at home experience that is improved, which it has dramatically. It’s that the game day experience has been damaged at least the same amount, even before you get to rising cost.

            I’m fine to roll into town with a buddy or two and beebop around different peoples tailgates, old fraternity houses, bars, etc. until kickoff every now and then for a big game. But that’s not realistic with the wife and kids, and it’s not what I want to have to do every time I go to a game unless I plan way ahead AND spend an arm and a leg.

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          • Gaskilldawg

            Milton, I am not going to call it any of those pejorative terms.
            UGA AA’s attitudes towards us fans has changed from when folks of our generations became season ticket holders. UGA AA views our comfort as a commodity to sell. UGA AA wants to treat you as an ATM. then you are acting as a rational consumer by deciding the comfort of home is a better value. UGA AA changed the nature of its relationship with folks like us. Loyalty and love doesn’t mean shit to the UGA AA any more so it shouldn’t mean shit to us, either.

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        • My last game was just that. Parked forever away, spent the entire rest of the day in traffic from athens to atlanta. It was basically awful. Should have built that train.

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  3. practicaldawg

    Ah tailgating. I remember that.

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  4. Godawg

    Did their best…
    Tailgating and traffic

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  5. Q1: Hard to know.
    Q2: Since I don’t tailgate, I give a local restaurant my business. I guess I would say traffic, but it’s only really bad after a big night game and what can be done without destroying the town and moving the stadium off campus.

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    • MGW

      It’s cheaper at this point to blow it out at a restaurant than to purchase a decent tailgating spot.

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      • I park at one of the decks downtown and typically go to DePalma’s or park over by the Methodist church and head to Creature Comforts.

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        • unionjackgin

          When I did have season tickets, I only did some limited tailgating before early games like the 12-1pm window. If the game was at 3:30, I typically would hit The Globe for lunch and drinks before the game and then grab nice dinner in Athens post-game (Farm 255, The National, 5&10 etc.) If it was a night game, I would head over to Athens early afternoon and grab drinks and nice meal pre-game.

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    • fisheriesdawg

      I don’t set up my own tailgate, but I do bounce around to those of others. My route in and out is 129 North, so I usually park somewhere in the downtown area, spend some time downtown, then work my way through friends’ tailgates as I work toward the stadium. The only downside is when I want to visit a tailgate on South Campus, but I’ve gotten so acclimated to walking 5+ miles on a gameday that I don’t even think much about it. We do have to scale back on the days when our kids come, but they’re 6 now and should be ready to handle the walking soon.

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  6. One will never know, will we? Given all the extraneous factors that were out there, I’ll chalk it up to “best they could”.
    Tailgating. I long ago lost a little enthusiasm for attending when I lost our long-held spot across from the artificial turf field by Butts-Mehre.

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    • rigger92

      Baptist student center? That’s where my parents would go and I would walk over there right after the morning Redcoat run through. Those were the days….

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      • Yes, under the huge oak tree. Would get the folding chairs out and have a heck of a picnic, even though we’d just had a huge breakfast at the onset of practice. I can’t remember the caterer to the Recoats…it was like Mama B or something…always good.

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  7. Really miss the vendors going up and down the aisles selling water.

    This IMO would be an easy upgrade to the Sanford experience.

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  8. TripleB

    Don’t know on the first.
    I really miss the old days of tailgating, so that’s my biggest concern on the second. I think they could do better on bathrooms too.

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  9. SoCalDawg

    1.) Didn’t handle as well as I expect (I guess) – but willing to give them the benefit of the doubt (wth do i know anyhow?)
    2.) Bathrooms

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  10. argondawg

    1 who knows
    2 tailgating for sure. It used to be a big deal for us friends and family. The kids were having fun. Now everyone meets somewhere for a few minutes and goes in pretty much straight from the car. The kids still love the Dawgs but those memories of Saturday’s in Athens tailgating for hours are going to be hard to duplicate for the next generation. So short sighted. It’s not near the event for us that it used to be.

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    • mwodieseldawg

      I feel the same way about tailgating. I wasn’t sure if it was because I’m old and cranky or what. We tailgated at Aderholt for years. You could get there before daylight and be set up and cooking before everyone arrived to eat. They always had the building open so you could use the restrooms too. The almighty dollar won out.

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  11. beatarmy92

    I answered each:
    * Did their best
    * Concessions

    The second one is a trick question since all four need work.

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    • PTC DAWG

      Unless Athens starts shrinking and they reduce the capacity of the stadium, the traffic will always be a HUGE issue.

      As to concessions, just serve hot dogs and cokes/water…too many choices will always slow things down, and honestly, who goes to a game for the food?

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    • The grab and go station at the west end zone is a perfect spot. Well staffed. Good options. If I need something more than peanuts, they have CFA sandwiches. Rarely a crowd when I go.

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  12. PTC DAWG

    #1 on the first one.

    I guess tailgating on the 2nd one. I grew up pulling up at Russell Hall and parking on the sidewalk. I suppose too many people got died doing that.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      I remember that the excuse given for stopping the tradition of parking on the sidewalks was it hindered law enforcement ability to respond to an emergency.
      Never saw that problem myself but I haven’t ever been in public safety

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  13. akascuba

    Tailgating our group keeps getting smaller. Thanks MA for all you did to stop the fun.
    2.Bathrooms
    3.Traffic

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  14. Scotty King

    While nothing compares to the smell of ribs and bourbon, and the sight of pretty college girls, I’m liking the big screen experience more and more. I bathroom lines, cheap food and drink, and no traffic.

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  15. Scotty King

    No bathroom …..

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  16. Munsoning

    Those who don’t subscribe to “The Athletic” can take the survey. The link is in the portion of Seth’s article not blocked by the paywall.

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  17. UGADawgGuy

    Interesting. Like a number of questions in the survey as a whole, the first one the Senator calls out here appears to serve as a sort of projective test/barometer of whether the respondent does or does not generally have faith in Kirby and his staff.

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  18. classiccitycanine

    1) We don’t know
    2) Bathrooms, but really everything needs work.
    I enjoyed the survey and eagerly await the results. Some of the questions I would have used a scale rather than a Y/N response. I hope Brooks will put some serious resources into the fan experience and stop treating people like wallets otherwise he’s going to wake up to half empty stadiums when the Boomers age out of attending games. I’m a Millennial and can’t even dream of season tickets even though I live in walking distance of the stadium and can skip the traffic.

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  19. Russ

    I took the survey. I thought there were a few too many black or white questions (“JT will win the Heisman/JT will suck”). And of course the coaches did the best they could with the QB issue at the time. Why would they do otherwise?

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  20. winodawg

    I’ve said for the past 3 years I’d get season tickets again once McGarrity was gone. Now, after reading all the comments about tailgating, I’m reconsidering. We last had tickets in 2017. Loved going. Live in a neighboring town, so the drive isn’t an issue. We had a hidden gem of a parking spot. But y’all are right. The home experience is still much, much better.

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