Marc Weiszer ($$) has a story up about alcohol sales at Georgia in the first year of the new policy. If you care, it was over $230,000 for the four sports that were allowed to serve alcohol at games. But for me, this was the highlight of the article:
… A noon tipoff against North Florida that drew 1,868 on Dec. 8 had just $8 in sales. That would mean one alcoholic drink was sold.
Beer at a women’s basketball nooner? Hardcore. If you are that person, and you read GTP, please step forward. You deserve to be properly honored for your effort. (Also, I’d like to ask why you stopped at only one.)
Sam Pittman, with the invite:
It’s Greg McGarity’s worst nightmare.
Fans attending the Nebraska and Northwestern college football game in Dublin, Ireland, on Saturday expected to have plenty of fun in a unique environment, plus all the food and drink they could handle.
When the concession workers notified fans in the first half that the credit card machines used to take payments were down because the Wi-Fi connection was out at Aviva Stadium, those in line literally got all the food and drink they could handle.
… The solution: Christmas morning for those in attendance. Social media posts showed hundreds of fans filling the concourses as they patiently waited.
Or it would be, anyway. After all, you can’t have Wi-Fi go out during a game if it never worked during a game in the first place.
Groo thinks the south side renovations scheduled for Sanford Stadium are a precursor to another change.
I believe this project might eventually have a side effect related to another story from earlier in the year. In the spring we learned that there would be no alcohol sales in Sanford Stadium in 2022. Other Georgia venues from Stegeman Coliseum to the softball and baseball fields began selling beer this past year. From my visits to those venues, it didn’t seem like a big deal. We’ve also seen alcohol sales at other SEC football stadiums, and, again, no big deal. I don’t think anyone making the decisions at Georgia is opposed to alcohol sales at Sanford Stadium.
It’s more likely that the delay in selling alcohol at Sanford Stadium has to do with limited space in key areas of the stadium – particularly on the south side. It’s a constraint we pointed out right away since the SEC loosened its restrictions in 2019. Adding beer lines to the already-cramped concourses would invite disaster and make the game experience even less enjoyable for fans. I don’t particularly care if fans want to waste time in line for a beer. I do care about main walkways or even other concessions being choked off by those lines.
With expanded southside concourses and an opened-up Gate 9 area, there will be room for standalone beer stations on all sides of the stadium. Reed Alley on the north side has plenty of space. The Gate 6 area can work for the east stands. Once this project has been completed I think we’ll see Georgia move forward with alcohol sales at Sanford Stadium.
Hmmm. Maybe. Looks like another money versus tradition debate could be coming.
At least not in the Sanford Stadium cheap seats:
Georgia football fans that don’t sit in premium seats will have to wait at least another season if they want to buy a beer in Sanford Stadium while watching the Bulldogs.
There will be no public alcohol sales in 2022 for Georgia home games, athletic director Josh Brooks said Thursday…
“There’s a lot of elements into it, whether it’s the length of the game and the time, or the logistics of just doing it and preparing it,” Brooks said. “Look, we’re still learning as we grow, so we started with smaller venues, to where we can crawl, walk, run, so now we’re still monitoring the progress we made for the events at Stegeman, Foley and Turner, and we’re just now getting that data in and really analyzing, so it make take some time for us to continue to see how that evolves, but there’s no thought on that now, it’s not our focus.”
Sounds pretty definitive. And not just for another season, either.
Look at this as the evolution of all the “what time is the game?, what time can you be here?” Georgia Tech jokes you’ve heard (or told):
Georgia Tech’s spring game will have an unusual feature – a tailgate party taking place in one of the end zones as the game is going on. Plans for the spring game, to be played March 17, were announced by the athletic department Tuesday.
Space in the end zone will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to all fans, with part of the space designated exclusively for students. (The scrimmage will be played with the offense going towards the end zone without the tailgate party.) Food and beverages (including beer and wine) will be available for purchase in the end-zone area, which will have a St. Patrick’s Day theme.
Drinking on the field while the scrimmage is ongoing? Gee, what could go wrong there…
Sanford Stadium fans, it’s getting closer.
When you’re 24, you can say this:
Beat a Clemson team that beat your ass in the last ACCCG, you’re entitled to a tasty malt beverage to celebrate.
UAB, you go, girl.
Meanwhile, we can only dream and if the day ever comes to Sanford Stadium, we’ll likely be treated to a selection of Budweiser’s finest. Sigh.
Old enough to promote.
Sauce for the goose, and all that. I tells ‘ya — what a time to be alive.