Moar fan friendly

I didn’t catch this yesterday, but Josh Brooks mentioned one other facility improvement being contemplated:

Georgia is also planning on upgrades to the concourse on the South 100 sections of Sanford Stadium, where Brooks said many loyal, longtime fans sit.

“We’re going to get in there soon and start looking at conceptual designs of how we can improve circulation,” Brooks said. “That may be blowing out that concourse and doubling the width and building new concessions and restrooms around that.”

Sounds like somebody wants to make sure folks have a reason to keep coming back to the stadium, as opposed to opting out for Section HD at home.

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  1. Talk about a guy that gets it… to me this has been the first issue that needed addressing above all others.

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  2. Castleberry

    Not sure the feasibility, but a an exit out of the East side of the stadium from field level (past the visitors locker room) would be a huge win for flow in and out (both North & South). Throw in some restrooms and a concession – more money – more shade…

    I sit down low on the North side and typically just listen to the Redcoat’s post-game vs. waiting 20 minutes for the aisles to clear.

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    • It would be, but I honestly don’t know that they can do that much more on that side without tearing East Campus Rd up. It’s just too densely packed on that side to expand anymore.

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      • Castleberry

        In my wild ass imagination, that is exactly what you’d do. East Campus would become some type of bridge similar to Sanford Drive. Fans could exit like they do now on the West side onto the bridge, or onto the old East Campus road from the low side. The low side would only be service vehicles (visitor buses and such).

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        • Or a tunnel, though I think there’s an underground creek that runs through there, so that might not work. Either way, the problem is that you are talking at least 2-3 years of construction and the interruption of a major thoroughfare on campus. Not gonna happen.

          Maybe you could to a pedestrian bridge from the east side over to the railroad tracks and then route people from there? But then you’re right on top of the cemetery, which doesn’t work either.

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    • silverbritches02

      I’ve sat in the East endzone for 20 years, and I tailgate downtown. It’s almost impossible to get to my seats from there. I have to fight the student traffic trying to get to their seats in the NE corner. I usually walk all the way to the Gate 6 corner and double back.

      Anything to address ingress/egress would be welcome.

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      • Our seats are in the east endzone too. We obviously know our way around, but it isn’t the easiest for people unfamiliar with the congestion over there.

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    • 79dawg

      I remain convinced that fixing the stairwell at the bottom of the NE ramp – which has a 90-degree turn and is only wide-enough for 2 people at a time – would significantly improve things. There’s no reason they can’t widen it, remove the turn, or even level the area out a bit, so that people could get through there 6 or 8 abreast. Would really keep things moving….

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    • fisheriesdawg

      Yeah, the east side is a disaster getting out in a game that stays in doubt into the fourth quarter. Not a lot of options there, but anything they could do would be huge.

      If they ever convert that railroad line into a Greenway (I’m not sure there is a need for it now that the coal plant is shut down), it would make sense to build a pedestrian bridge straight across to the concourse and give an entry/exit point that doesn’t require a bunch of salmon swimming upstream to get to North/South gates.

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

        Anyone thinking the South Side is worse than the culmination of the North Side and East Side have no effing idea.

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  3. akascuba

    Here’s hoping he does more than just look at it. Taking care of long ignored loyal donor fans should have happened years ago. I’ll stop here before this turns to a rant.

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    • Sweet D

      I know I’m cynical, but it always sounds like an aside, “oh yeah, and we’re going to do this for our fans”. It also feel like they finally decided to “look into” the fan experience once they could see the prospects of unfilled stadiums on the horizon.
      But waiting lists for tickets will make for waiting lists for amenities, I guess.

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  4. I’m optimistic in Brooks. We’ll see. He certainly seems much sharper than anyone we’ve had in the position in a long time.

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  5. uga97

    Will lines get shorter/move faster with the new price of drinks & snacks? Will more full families show up with these prices? UAB game.. mom & 2 little ones are scrambling around sweating asses off waiting on daddy, while mom is driving herself & others around her crazy trying to contain them, only to have dad return 25 minutes later with peanuts they can’t open or and mmm tasty water or a coke they can’t even have while dad was in the shade with fans on him the whole time watching the game on his phone app. If they don’t fix the cashier issues I’ll gladly stay in HD cave.

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  6. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

    Hey, I’ve only been saying this for FIVE YEARS, but credit where credit is due.

    Why only the South Side, though? The North Side needs it just as badly!

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

      *I know the North Side has Reed Plaza, but the existing concessions and bathrooms around the actual stadium need to be blown up, too, and rebuilt around the outer struts to double the width of the interior walkway which is far too tight.

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      • r1valry

        Definitely feasible on both sides.

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        • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

          Yeah, but the fact that he’s only talking about the South Side is fucked-up, The Georgia Way-thinking. Who’s on the North Side? The Redcoats, Students, Visitors and their band, and the donors who’ve given less money which is why they’re in the brutal sun the longest in those seats. So of course Brooks isn’t going to care about making it better for people on the South Side: No money in it.

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          • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

            *So of course Brooks doesn’t care about people on the NORTH SIDE. Dammit.

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            • Having sat on the south side for many years, then assigned north side seats for each game in last year’s “lottery” just stfu on this.

              It is night and day.

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              • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

                Yeah, I’m sure gonna STFU on this. Thank you for setting me straight and telling me what’s what. And doing so in such an intelligent and compelling way. Your oratory skills can only be equaled by Cicero.

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          • paulwesterdawg

            Dude the North Side already had the renovation near Gates 1-2. They pulled concessions out of concourse and added bathrooms. They are almost a decade ahead of the folks in the Southwest corner.

            Gate 1-2 and Gate 6 are much less congested.

            I have 8 tickets and they are located in 4 different parts of stadium. Nothing sucks as bad from congestion standpoint that I’ve seen than Southwest.

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            • 81Dog

              it’s almost impossible to get from the south end of the west end zone seats and into the west end of the south end zone seats (try saying that 5x fast). That may be a feature instead of a bug, but having a straighter shot in and out of the south seats to the bridge would be a huge improvement.

              I cant quite picture how they blow out the coucourse on the south 100 level, much of which is underground. I cant imagine they would sacrifice the street between the Chemistry Bldg and the stadium. Do they scoop it all out, buid, and then close it over the top?

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            • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

              I mention Reed Plaza, but building Reed Plaza did nothing to widen the INTERIOR walkway. That’s what I’m talking about here.

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      • aim260

        EVERYTHING AT ONCE ALL THE TIME! NO NUANCE OR PRIORITIZATION ALLOWED!

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        • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

          Hey dude, THAT’S WHAT A FACILITIES MASTER PLAN IS CALLED.

          The fact that we continue to do everything piecemeal, everything bit by bit, is why we’re always behind, why we lose national title winning coaches, why we settle for mediocrity everywhere but football.

          You keep up with defending the lunacy and illogic of The Georgia Way bullshit. I’ll be over here thinking logically and whatnot.

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  7. Nice if all this happens, but I don’t see definitive statements. Just all hot air until then.

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  8. paulwesterdawg

    This is where I sit. The concession and bathroom lines near section 135 are tragically horrible. And the internal concourse from 135-Gate 6 are a disaster. The external concourse is blocked by concession lines. All of that is just a massive mess designed for a time when the stadium was half the size. So I’m thrilled with this.

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    • stoopnagle

      Do you mean Gate 9? Gate 9 is a nightmare. I sit in 134 and I’ve just started walking down to Tate and using Gate 10 then going back up from field level.

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    • stoopnagle

      Ah. I see what you’re saying. Going from west to east inside the stadium on the 100 concourse on the south side is a fool’s errand. Yes.

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  9. 79dawg

    Is it just me, or is getting out of the Benz the worse? Seemed like we were in there forever just going around in circles after the MNC…. Have they added any exits or made them any bigger in the past few years?

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    • stoopnagle

      I think it was just that game. I didn’t have any problems at the ’19 SECCG nor have I had many issues at United games.

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

        It’s because they added many more exits after the horrible experience in the January 2018 National Title Game.

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  10. theorginaldawgabides

    This is welcome news, but how much wider can they go? The problem is the area has always been constricted because of the access road and the academic buildings.

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  11. jcdawg83

    Fan traffic inside the stadium is a six day a year problem. The other 359 days of the year Field St. is needed for vehicle traffic, Reed and Memorial Hall are used and East Campus Rd, is an actual thoroughfare for traffic. In the grand scheme of things, it makes almost zero sense to spend many millions of dollars to reroute and disrupt vehicle and foot traffic all around the stadium so football fans can get into or out of the stadium 15 minutes faster.

    I love how Sanford is in the middle of campus but that does come with the tradeoff of not being quite as fan friendly when it comes to getting in and out of the stadium. South Carolina’s stadium is easy to get around, of course it is in an industrial area next to the state fairground a mile or more from campus and downtown Columbia. Clemson’s stadium is easy to get in and out of but it is on the very edge of campus surrounded by parking lots and vehicle traffic getting into and out of the town of Clemson on a game day is horrid enough that it is not uncommon at all for people to not be able to get out of their parking lots until 1:00 am after a late game or to miss the first quarter of a noon kickoff because they were stuck in traffic. Getting in and out of the MB Dome is a total cluster.

    Every stadium and its location are compromises. If you really don’t like attending games in Sanford, don’t go to the games.

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    • PTC DAWG

      Best post here..^^^^^

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    • ugafidelis

      #firstworldproblems

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    • Castleberry

      Gotta disagree here. You’re right that the spend should be cost justified. Taking the long view… neglecting a bad fan experience will threaten the cash flow from would be donors who opt to sit in section Man Cave vs. fork over the cash to fool with it.

      The dollar per seat per year (between donation and tix) is roughly a grand to sit on the south side. Well over that in some cases. Multiply that out by the ~25-30,000 tix over there and a throwing a few million at some facilities aint a bad deal.

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  12. Scotty King

    Build a new stadium in Madison

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    • RangerRuss

      Build a new stadium in Oglethorpe county. Use the local granite. That alleviates traffic issues, the venue will be stable for 10,000 years and you avoid the ACC gooberment, dirty townies and gotdam hippies.

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