An interesting dialogue popped up in places like Twitter this week: how great is the Sanford Stadium experience for players? Here’s what one former player had to say about that:
“I love ‘Dawg Nation and everything about them,” Rankin said. “But when it comes to getting hype in the stand, it isn’t much compared to other schools. Not even close. It could be third-and-long at the beginning of the game and the fans are going crazy, but it’s not consistent throughout like other schools.
Some of the criticism I saw was directed towards the music selection.
“UGA has been long overdue for new music in Sanford,” Rankin said. “Their Pandora station must be stuck on shuffle between the ’70s and ’80s music.”
And some was directed towards placement of the student section.
Believe it or not, I have some sympathy towards Greg McGarity here. He’s got a variety of interests to accommodate with regard to gameday atmosphere: students have their priorities, while alumni who pay the bills have theirs. Fashioning a one-size-fits all solution is likely impossible. (Especially when it comes to seating.)
Butts-Mehre isn’t totally blameless, though. The administration, starting with Michael Adams, has steadily done what it could to suck the life out of game day, starting from the moment fans show up in Athens. As for the music, that’s something I’ve bitched about before. Rather than point fingers at particular eras, as Rankin has, I’d simply argue that there’s a lack of creativity in fashioning a stadium mix for the purpose of energizing fans throughout the game. A lot of what is played has become tired simply due to repetition.
For those of you who attend games in Athens, how big a deal is this to you? Are things too formulaic, sapping some of the energy from the crowd that the team could feed from? If so, what suggestions would you offer to make an improvement in that?