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Georgia announces 20-25% capacity at football games this fall

(Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)

(Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)

Georgia will allow as many as 23,000 fans at Sanford Stadium this fall.

Today, Georgia football announced it would be operating at approximately 20-25% capacity, meaning anywhere from 18,550 and 23,180 fans will be allowed in the Bulldogs’ 92,746 seat home stadium.

In the release, the school announced tickets will be available in blocks of 4 to “maximize inventory and maintain social distancing measures,” with the reduction being based off of 6′ social distancing throughout the seating bowl of Sanford Stadium.

So who will be allowed in? Georgia will prioritize donors with season tickets, followed by donors looking for single-game tickets, along with student tickets.

“Due to the reduced capacity, it is our goal to provide as many Hartman Fund donors, who have season tickets, with the opportunity to attend home game(s) this fall,” the release states. “Donors will have the option to opt-in or opt-out of the single game ticket request process. Regardless of whether you opt-in or opt-out for 2020 ticket opportunities, you will be eligible to renew your previously established season ticket locations for the 2021 season.

“The footprint for student tickets will be protected with students sitting in the same sections as in the past.  The same safety precautions that will be used throughout Sanford Stadium will also be utilized in these sections.  Similar to the other sections, the student tickets will be allocated as this process continues.”

Should single game tickets become available, the cost will be $150/ticket per-game, which includes the $75 ticket price and a $75 Hartman Fund contribution requirement.

“The UGA Ticket Office will be allocating tickets to each individual game based on cumulative TGBC priority points and availability,” the school announced. “Ticket allocations for the 2020 modified season are subject to change on a game-by-game basis based on demand, priority and availability. Seat allocations will be socially distanced throughout Sanford Stadium in the 100, 200, 300 and 600 levels. This plan follows the same ticket allocation model that is used for away, neutral site, and postseason games.”

The number of games fans will qualify for will be based on their 2020 Hartman Fund annual giving level and/or involvement in the Magill Society, with projected opportunities for requests based on the following:

  • $250,000 & above: four games
  • $25,000-$249,000 (Magill Society Members) or $5,000 & above (Harman Fund Members): two games
  • $275-$4,999: one game

Will UK Athletics implement a similar capacity at Kroger Field? And more importantly, who will be allowed to attend?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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5 Comments for Georgia announces 20-25apacity at football games this fall

  1. gasman01
    2:52 pm August 19, 2020 Permalink

    Hope we have the same set-up. I’ll opt out and come back year. Hopefully this will all be behind us next fall.

  2. csnailnrun
    2:53 pm August 19, 2020 Permalink

    ** Commonwealth Stadium***

  3. ScoggDog
    3:06 pm August 19, 2020 Permalink

    I think we’re going to box seating, long term. I really do. Four, six, or eight seats with a knee-wall around them. This has changed a ton of people’s tolerance for how much space they’ll tolerate in a crowd.

    I have no idea how much that would cost, but I think it’s coming. And higher ticket prices because of the lower attendance numbers – along with less vendors. I don’t know what they’ll do with concerts – probably an end to floor seating as we know it. I don’t see standing room only ever coming back.

    I’m not saying it’s “right” or “justified” – just what I think will happen.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      4:08 pm August 19, 2020 Permalink

      If you’re right, get ready for MUCH higher prices on already obscenely high prices. That will lead to even more empty seats, so I think it will be counterproductive if they do it long-term. They’ll just give even more people a reason to stay home and watch when you can have a fully tricked out man-cave and spend far less money.

    • ScoggDog
      4:38 pm August 19, 2020 Permalink

      No argument from me Chris – it’s gonna’ jack up prices. But I’m looking at the source article – and how much you have to donate to UGA just to get chance at a seat – and I’m thinking some folks think that’s a feature rather than a bug. They don’t like rubbing elbows with a common dude like me. I think they’d gladly pay double the seat price just to have their mine stay empty.

      Here’s what I wonder – long term. We followed Kentucky sports in my house since I was a kid, and none of us were even college graduates before me, and I didn’t go to UK. But we always understood that, if we saved our money, we could go to a game. It was part of the deal. And once we got more successful, we went to a few. I had a great time at the last bowl game. An awesome time.

      When we can no longer get a ticket – because we don’t donate – I wonder if that loyalty will last. OK – I don’t wonder at all. It won’t.