Posted: 11:05 am Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

UGA ticket demand up in SEC’s ‘most beautiful’ stadium 

By Bill King

Demand for season tickets is up this year. (Dan Evans / UGA)

Demand for season tickets is up this year. (Dan Evans / UGA)

An off year in 2013 with a disappointing 8-5 record doesn’t seem to have dampened demand for UGA football season tickets.

Maybe it’s because the economy is in better shape, but the athletic association reported Tuesday that the Hartman Fund/Bulldog Club cumulative priority point cutoff score for 2014 is actually up from last year, when any contributor giving the $250 minimum donation per seat got tickets. This year, that’s not the case. Hartman Fund contributors requesting additional/new pairs of renewable season tickets with a cumulative score less than 1,001 won’t get them. (A limited number of nonrenewable single season tickets were made available.)

Cutoff scores are identified by arranging Hartman Fund contributors in score order and assigning tickets based on availability. Assignment of renewable season tickets, away game and single home game tickets is based on cumulative score, annual contribution and availability, the Georgia Bulldog Club says.

The cutoff scores are for new donors only. Once you have tickets, you just have to give the minimum for your desired seat location.

For 2014, Hartman Fund donors with 1,001 priority points who contributed a minimum of $250 per seat and ordered renewable season tickets will receive them. Non-renewable season ticket orders for adjacent pairs will not be filled. Refunds have been issued by the ticket office.

For single home game tickets, the cutoff score for Clemson and Tennessee will be determined by July 31, pending final allocation. All donors who ordered tickets for Troy, Vanderbilt, Charleston Southern and Georgia Tech will receive tickets.

Georgia-Florida ticket allocations will be determined by July 31, and for away games, South Carolina and Arkansas cutoff scores will be determined by July 31, while all contributors who ordered tickets for Missouri and Kentucky will get them.

The cutoff score that everyone remembers, of course, was in 2008, when it jumped from just under $2,000 the previous year to a ridiculous $10,651 thanks to that team, featuring Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno, being the consensus pre-season No. 1.

What do you think, is the optimism shown this year by season ticket buyers justified?

SANFORD ‘MOST BEAUTIFUL’

It may not be the biggest, but it's the most beautiful, Athlon Sports says. (Associated Press)

It may not be the biggest, but it’s the most beautiful, Athlon Sports says. (Associated Press)

General atmosphere, fan support, home-field advantage, amenities, tailgating, the surrounding campus and the college town should all be considered when trying to rank college football stadiums, Athlon Sports ventured in reporting the results of a recent survey it conducted among a panel of a dozen experts (mostly media types), asking them to rank the SEC’s football stadiums.

Not surprisingly, LSU’s Tiger Stadium was ranked No. 1, with Athlon noting “LSU boasts one of the most daunting home-field advantages in college football — especially at night.”

Coming in second was relative conference newcomer Texas A&M’s Kyle Field, known as the home of the 12th Man and currently undergoing a $450 million renovation that will give it the largest seating capacity in the conference. Again, not really surprising.

In a bit of an upset, though, UGA’s Sanford Stadium ranked third in the survey, beating out Tennessee’s larger Neyland Stadium (fourth) and Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium (fifth).

Said Athlon of the Dogs’ home field: “It may not be the SEC’s biggest or loudest stadium, but it is the most beautiful. The Bulldogs’ home stadium is located in the heart of the plush greenery of the gorgeous Athens campus. The famed privet hedges line the field and separate the Georgia fans from the action on the field with style that matches the dolled-up student section. Mark Richt is 68-14 ‘Between the Hedges’ and has his team poised for another perfect home slate in 2014.”

Hmmm, that last bit sounds like a backdoor prediction that the Dogs will beat both Clemson and Auburn …

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39 comments
Dog4Life
Dog4Life

Dawgin Co  I do not mind the predictions right wrong--absolutely delusional whatever--but i agree, too much negativity tends to creep into one's outlook and then all there is is negativity. It then becomes CMRs fault that we had so many injuries last year and why Emmert and the NCAA suspended AJ 4 games and barely touched Ohio St etc... The battle cry used to be Bush's fault, on these boards it is CMR. As  a die hard dawg i understand the frustration with wanting a NC, believe me i do, but let's not throw the baby out with the bath water. That is why I remain optimistic even to the point of delusional.  I am a Dawg and will die a dawg!!!!

DawginCO
DawginCO

My prediction is this : The Negative Ninnies will say that optimism in any form is delusional.  They will continue scream that the sky ids falling.  They will complain about everything, even wins.  There.  I know that prediction will come true.

Dog4Life
Dog4Life

I see where Phil Steele has predicted that UGA might shock a few people--how non-committal is that--if we do, he beats his chest, if we don't , no one expected too much anyway.  These sports pundits are a lot like weather men--70% accuracy and guesswork gets them paid a lot of money.  Last Time Steele predicted UGA would shock a lot of people we went 6-7.  I am no Gloomy Gus or Debbie downer, but these guys frustrate me.  They do what intelligent sports fans do all the time--if this happens, if this guy plays to potential, if the NCAA doesn't suspend, etc....  I tell my colleagues do not bet money or listen to these guys--We Play the Games on the field not in Vegas. They really are not prognosticating anything that an already intelligent fan doesn't already know.  


BTW. The smartest most savvy fans in the world are New Yorkers--you may not want to accept that, but being there so often, i find they speak like pundits and prognosticators all the time--about every sport and one can find this conversation in every bar, on the street,etc... They always impress me with what they know about the sporting world, players, stats, coaches, history.  I enjoy my sports conversations with them.  I find that talk here, but not as prevalent--even the ladies know their sports in New York (in the city). 

uga_dog1
uga_dog1

Any idea of when our tickets will be mailed out??  I'm pumped already!!

Classof98
Classof98

Sanford Stadium is indeed the most beautiful in the country.  Tennessee is an erector set and Bryant-Denny is impressive but kind of plain jane.  BDS just looks like a big football stadium.  There is nothing that sets it apart, like the open west end that gives Sanford a distinct look and sets it apart.


Sanford is unique in that it was built into a natural valley.  You can be right next to the stadium and not even realize it if you are a visitor not familiar with campus.   The university seems to sprout from Sanford, which is located in the dead center of campus.


This is different from other stadiums like BDS, Jordan-Hare, and Neyland, which loom over the entire campus and can be seen from seemingly miles around.


Dawg350
Dawg350

Dawgs will win it all! I'm sick of you haters. Todd Gurley will be out for revenge! Go UGA!

DirtyDawg
DirtyDawg

Never did Tiger Stadium - the LSU one - but did do the damn Swamp back when we did that, miserable, home & home thing when they were redoing The Gator Bowl (into whatever company it's named after now). Now that was loud. Of course, to this day I swear they amplified the crowd noise. We were sitting in the Bull Gator section and dammit nobody around us was doing anything but polite applause - and some cheering when UF scored, which was about every four or five minutes, so the answer to our lack of sustained 'din' is some of those big field mics pumping 'pegged pots' noise over the stadium sound system. It works for 'The Old Ball Coach', and they say he's the best...why not us?

96JB
96JB

Beautiful yes. Home field advantage, not so much. Been to South Carolina, Clemson, Auburn. THEY make noise. Athens is almost " opera goers'  And I'm all Dawg. Just telling it like it is.

HotDawg
HotDawg

I had goose bumps, almost hyperventilated, and had a smile from ear to ear the first time I saw Sanford Stadium!

I was in awe the whole game, watching our beloved Dawgs, walking around the stadium, touching our hallowed Hedges, and hearing half the stadium roar GEORGIA!!!, then the other half yell BULLDOGS!!!

The beautiful setting of trees and campus all around us. One of the greatest places on earth!

WDE
WDE

I haven't been to all the SEC stadiums....yet. Saw my first college football ..heck my first football game in Neyland in 1960 UT beat Bama and there were more people in the stadium  than in the county I was born in, and it was so loud it was painful , loudest experience of my life including several pop festivals until 1985 Bama vs LSU in Tiger Stadium that game ended in a tie, I still thank the football gods there was no overtime then...I missed the UGA vs Auburn game (blackout) but friends of mine said it was as loud as anything they ever heard until the UGA vs LSU game last year and I thought at the time it was as loud as any game I've ever attended, anywhere,any sport at any level pro,college etc.      

Phillipdj
Phillipdj

I've been to 260 College football games (yes, I count. Have a stub, program or souvenir cup for each), 213 Uga games and 170 in Sanford Stadium. No Question LSU is the loudest, nobody's close - but Uga CAN and HAS been the 2nd loudest I've ever heard. Unfortunately, one side of the stadium sits on their hands at a far greater rate than other alumni sections at other schools. '91 against Clemson, a game against LSU in the 80's (was it 85 or 86 Bill?), the '07 "Blackout" game against Auburn and last years' LSU game were DEAFENING.

My point is - the Size, architecture and acoustics of Sanford allow it to be louder than nearly any place in the country, but more often than not, half the stadium just won't commit to that extra noise that could give the Dawgs 10-12 extra big plays per game.

Anyone else feel this way?

Dawg350
Dawg350

That's right we do have the most beautiful campus and stadium in the nation. If we stay healthy this year...then nobody will beat UGA.

bulldawg_77
bulldawg_77

bill ... that isn't 100% accurate. donors with a cumulative total of 1,000 and below who made at least a $250 donation were offered single renewable season tickets. pairs ran out at 1,001 cumulative points.

ColumbusDawg
ColumbusDawg

Yeah, the Golden Nugget sees it that way as well. Sanford and the "Classic City" in general has always been awesome to me and mine, but when my wife and I went to G-Day a couple of months ago we noticed that some pressure washing needs to be done on the concrete of the stadium. We went around the stadium, and on the railroad track end it was stained pretty bad. I understand that they are sprucing it up a bit.

HotDawg
HotDawg

DawginCo....like I said a couple weeks, or so, ago..... "Delusional" has become as overused and misused on blogs as "racist" and "racism" labels are nowadays.

Just think of the story about the boy who cried wolf, whenever you hear those people.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Dog4Life...we used to call those people "sexual intellects". In otherwords, "F 'ing know-it-alls".

At least in their own minds they thought knew everything.

Could they be delusional?!! LOL

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@96JB 


CMR is 68 -  14 at home. That is an average of  O N E L O S S    P E R    Y E A R

! Could it be better??? Of course but I  ain't complaining!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@96JB

That's because we have so many laid back alumni from Atlanta , especially from the 70's . Students aren't given 1ST priority , All the drunk North campus Tailgaters are staying home and what is left is your more conservative , in control fans.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@HotDawg

The entire campus is beautiful but especially from the Book store North. 

HotDawg
HotDawg

The loudest I've ever heard ANY stadium was when Kevin Butler kicked the 61 yarder to beat Clemson. Sanford was raucous!!

TravisBickle2014
TravisBickle2014

@Dawg350 that maybe true until it is a football game then the place looks more like the county landfill

BillKing
BillKing moderator

clarif@bulldawg_77 Yeah, I clarified that. A limited number of nonrenewable single season tickets were made available.

ARdawg
ARdawg

@tgentry97 Yeah no kidding. Maybe there's something to this economy I don't know

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@ColumbusDawg 


But in order to retain the sprucing up the drunks that couldn't tell you which stadium they are in have got to stop vomiting all over E V E R Y T H I N G !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FlatTire
FlatTire

@C-Kirk   No its actually because there is a large number of our fan base who are members of the "Red Pants Society" and think a 9-3; 10-2  season with a trip to a warm Florida bowl game is the pinnacle of success

Ihateorange
Ihateorange

@JMcKnight @Dawg350  You would know....

FlatTire
FlatTire

@JMcKnight no worries, the prestigious sanitation engineering school from GT does a wonderful job cleaning up the place

TravisBickle2014
TravisBickle2014

Sorry but I've never seen sanitation engineering listed as a Degree at The Institution. I guess UGa has a degree in in Beer Truck Delivery driver well if the ex-players can ever get a legal drivers permit. 

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

@jmk,

FYI.....They call the degree "industrial engineering"!!!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Johnny

Why did you change your name for?

FlatTire
FlatTire

@JMcKnight tech also has a highly respected graffiti arts degree, just take a drive around the North Ave neighborhood and see the beautiful art painted on the buildings streets and cars from current and past alumni