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

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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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