UGA to sell season-long parking permits for football games

Monday, July 28, 2014 11:50 AM
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ATHENS, Ga. -- With the University of Georgia’s home opener about a month away, UGA Parking Services is preparing for football traffic by selling season-long parking permits.

The Bulldogs’ home season starts 5:30 p.m. Aug. 30 against Clemson and ends Nov. 29 with Georgia Tech.

The season-long parking permit will cover all seven home games. Parking spaces are guaranteed for fans that arrive before kickoff. Available lots are the Carlton Street parking deck and Performing Arts Center parking deck.

Passes are $140 plus shipping and handling and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. They will be available exclusively at http://www.football.parking.uga.edu/ until Aug. 21 at 2 p.m.

Single-game RV permits are available for select games at a cost of $100 per game.

For more information, see http://www.football.parking.uga.edu/.

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itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/28/14 - 12:12 pm
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Rip off

All about the $$. As it is now, you have to contribute big bucks just to get on the season ticket roster; then big bucks annually to get better seats, or keep the good seats you may have had for 40 years.

The last time I was in Sanford Stadium was during the Donnan era when Auburn came to town and blew them out in a night game.

bright idea
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bright idea 07/28/14 - 12:23 pm
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Dang

We missed you!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/28/14 - 01:32 pm
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It's still a heck of a walk

It's still a heck of a walk to the stadium even from the VIP parking, tail gaiting area. I really debate watching on TV with a cool one and wings vs the 5:30 PM start.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/28/14 - 02:18 pm
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Ah river

You GOT to be kidding. Come on Man. What are you..80? There is plenty of parking/tailgating 5 minutes from the gate. Gotta pay though. Not like the good ole days when it was first come first serve. Sign of the times.
Gattis just homered. Go Braves Go Dawgs.

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bdouglas 07/28/14 - 03:35 pm
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It's the same way at most

It's the same way at most other schools. Pay to be part of a club for the "privilege" of having season tickets available for you to purchase....and your spot in line is based on how much you donated, of course. Then pay for the actual tickets. Then pay for season parking. Multi million dollar contracts for coaches of players who get paid in the form of a scholarship worth about $100K over 4 years with no rights to their name or likeness being used by the school or other entities.

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Just My Opinion 07/28/14 - 04:56 pm
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Now, hold on, folks. Let's

Now, hold on, folks. Let's look at the price here....$140 for the season. The season is 7 games, so that's $20 a game, which isn't that unusual. Yeah, FREE would definitely be better, but this is like any other entertainment venue. I mean, the Civic Center charges $5 to park, don't they? Well, okay..maybe that's not a good example.
Anyway, $20 to park in a safe, well-lit, dry parking garage is not a bad deal. And, let's not forget that it's a GUARANTEED parking spot, which means it's there for you whether you get there 8 hours before kick-off or 30 minutes before!
Me? I get a "free" parking pass with my season tickets. However, I don't park there. I park in another lot with our friends. As justthefacts said, there IS plenty of parking...you just gotta know where to look!

BTW, any Clemson fans out there want to buy a ticket from me for the game? I got one I'm going to sell!

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Riverman1 07/28/14 - 07:06 pm
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JTF, we were tail gaiting in

JTF, we were tail gaiting in the lot by the coliseum last year at the Carolina game. Maybe it was the heat or maybe the beer, heh, but it seemed like a long walk, especially after the game. Anyway, it's a beautiful fun place. I just hate the 5:30 start for the Clemson game. It's still way too hot.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/28/14 - 09:50 pm
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My problem is with the costs

My problem is with the costs now. "They", whoever "they" are, have put the cost of attending a game out of reach for the average Joe. I have been UGA all the way since I was old enough to be a fan; but the profiteering has turned me off.

Way back when, I would sit on the tracks and watch for free. The last time I did that was '76... Oh man! That just brought back some memories.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_LK3fkqtAE

I cried when Munson passed away. Ga football will never be the same for me.

Backstory on '76. My brother, a Tech fan 1st and Ga 2nd, came up from Jacksonville for the Ga/Ala game . He had fraternity bros who were huge Ga fans who had committed to save us a spot on the tracks (this was before they enclosed the south/east end of the stadium), since they were in Athens the night before.
I had a girl over on the night before as when it was getting late, I told her "you can spend the night with me, or go about your business. Either way, I'm going to bed because I'm getting up at 4m to go to the Ga/Ala game. Thankfully, she was insulted and left. Bro and I iced down 2 cases of beer that night and headed out the next A.M. We arrived in Athens @ 0700, trying to find his buds. Of course, no cell phones, but he finally got them at the apartment from a pay phone. They had gone over at midnight to put out some chairs, etc., but the tracks were already covered. Sofa's, futons, chairs, mattresses, you name it.

There was a vine covered slope on both sides of the elevated (30ft-40ft?) railbed, so we used an Army shovel to scoop out a spot to scoot your butt into (along with hundreds of other Johnny-come-latelys), and just held on to the cooler to keep it from sliding down the hill.

Viewing spots were at a premium, and every available spot to view the field was occupied. The place to relieve your bladder was in the woods on the opposite side of the tracks, next to the Oconee Hill cemetery. Not long before game time, I had to relieve myself for the umpteenth time and went to my regular tree to have privacy and respect for others. I heard some noise above me, and lo and behold, there were 3 or 4 who had climbed the tree for a view of the field. There was also a fellow who kept walking back and forth on East Campus (the road between the railroad track and the stadium) who didn't seem interested in claiming his square foot or two of valuable real estate to watch the game. Well, about fifteen minutes before game time he disappeared; only to reappear with a climber type deer stand. He scooted that thing up a telephone pole, and had the best seat outside of the stadium. He broke out his bottle of whiskey and only came down for a potty break at halftime.

Highlight of the day: An Alabama fan drove through with his windows down and Alabama fight song blaring. Someone flipped a raw hotdog through the driver's window at him, and unfortunately for him; he stopped, jumped out and tried to face down the Ga mob. Needless to say, a lot of empty containers and anything else at hand rained down on him before he get get in the car and haul butt.

Maybe this was the highlight... There is/was a mid-day train out of Athens, and it was on schedule that day. In times past, it would toot the horn and people would part while it slowly made its way safely through. Not this day. There were sofas across the tracks, people ten deep, etc. The horn blew, but nobody moved (nowhere to move to, really). The train backed up into Athens and waited.

In the succeeding years it got wilder, with bottles getting broken, fights, etc. Probably good that the stadium was enclosed.

God, I yearn for the good old days when you could have fun with no one getting hurt. Extremism is the order of the day. Heck, more than once I've taken a bottle of whiskey into a cold weather game, rolled up in a blanket. But then the idiots started throwing bottles onto the field...

It s sad how the youth of today behaves.

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Riverman1 07/29/14 - 04:40 am
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IAD, fantastic remembrance!!!

IAD, fantastic remembrance!!!

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/29/14 - 08:24 am
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IAD

Great story. I also sat on the trestle many, many times. It was the best seat. Good times, great memories. Lots of great players on both sides. Our generation had it the best.......in all areas I can think of.

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seenitB4 07/29/14 - 08:17 am
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Great IAD

My hubby's family knew Munson personally...brother in law worked as a spotter for Munson.

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corgimom 07/29/14 - 09:31 am
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Itsa, yeah, all that fun,

Itsa, yeah, all that fun, that innocent fun, is all gone now.

Sad, isn't it?

The kids of today really miss out on what we had.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/29/14 - 10:16 am
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IAD

Remember the slogan that big day? The Bear may scare but VD kills!! 21-zip. Dawgs!

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 07/29/14 - 03:39 pm
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Go Tigers

Beat them little dawggies!

(It's never too early to support my "home" team!)

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