Falcons conflict has GSU looking for new date

At Georgia State’s spring scrimmage Thursday, fans received t-shirts with the 2011 schedule printed on the back. Consider them collector’s items.

The school scheduled to play its season opener Sept. 1 against Clark Atlanta at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons, though, have also claimed that date for their final preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, assuming the lockout is over. If you’re guessing that the winner of this fight is the football team that’s been a dome tenant since 1992 and last year was valued at $831 million, you’re getting warm.

The Falcons have a licensing agreement with the dome that gives them first option on every date, Thursday through Monday, from the end of July through the end of January, dome general manager Carl Adkins said Friday. When Georgia State arranged to use the dome Sept. 1, it was merely placing a hold on it in the event the Falcons didn’t want it.

“We deal with that on a regular basis with all our regular customers, as well,” Adkins said. “Until the Falcons release their schedule, we can’t confirm any of the other [dates].”

Georgia State spokeswoman Allison George said the school is looking into its options. The Panthers are also looking for a new opponent for Nov. 5. They were scheduled to play Lambuth, a tiny NAIA school in Jackson, Tenn., but the school is closing in June after years of financial difficulty.

The most viable option for Georgia State would seem to be Friday, Sept. 2. Wednesday is not possible as Sept. 1 is the earliest competition date allowed by the NCAA this year. A Friday Georgia State home game will pose a considerable challenge for the dome – a Falcons game Thursday, Georgia State Friday and the Chick-fil-A kickoff game between Georgia and Boise State Saturday. Adkins, who once helped stage three games in four days, said he’s willing to do it.

“That’s what we do,” Adkins said. “Quite frankly, the bigger the challenge, the more we like it.”

144 comments Add your comment

ctfalconsfan

April 15th, 2011
1:40 pm

GSU needs to move its game.

All NFL teams play their final preseason game on the Thursday’s so they have more time to evaluate the players before the final cut.

Besides GSU and Clark are right here in ATL so Thurs or Fri, no big deal to them..

Gritz Blitz

April 15th, 2011
1:40 pm

The Falcons should not have to move their game to Friday. The need the extra day to make roster decisions and get ready for the regular season opener. And by the way, the real GSU plays football in Statesboro.

Sharon

April 15th, 2011
1:40 pm

The Dome is the Falcons home, hence the black and red. Love the new GSU team, but let them move!

Mike

April 15th, 2011
1:41 pm

Let them both play that day… as in play eachother!

Noah Langdale's Ghost

April 15th, 2011
1:43 pm

The Dome is big enough for everybody.

Noah Langdale's Ghost

April 15th, 2011
1:44 pm

When I was playing ball we’d take on two teams at a time.

JD

April 15th, 2011
1:46 pm

It’s called the Georgia Dome, not the Falcon Dome. @ Gritz – GSU was a university before GaSou was someobody’s wet dream. We heard they play football in Statesboro — but no one there wants to come here and play GSU! Guess it’s just a bunch of fowl scratchin for feed down there near the swamps…

GSU Fan

April 15th, 2011
1:50 pm

Tell Mr Blank to go build his own stadium…….he has made it quite clear he thinks the Dome is a dump so he should be happy to go find someplace to play.

Billly

April 15th, 2011
1:51 pm

It may not be called the Falcon Dome, but my guess would be that the Falcons would take priority.

directions

April 15th, 2011
1:55 pm

Georgia State vs. Clark Atlanta = Lakewood Stadium. Problem solved.

kb

April 15th, 2011
1:55 pm

Let the Falcons move their game to Friday. The game really doesn’t mean much to the Falcons in the actual standings anyway, just a couple of guys who is trying to make it on team. For GSU and Clark, this game count. It’s a big deal to both schools….

NLR84

April 15th, 2011
1:56 pm

The revenue impact of this game is of tremendous proportions for this game. They are expecting the largest crowd in their short history. Simply moving this game to another venue or another date is not so easy for GSU. Besides, has anyone ever been to an NFL preseason game? I think the solution is pretty clear, let the Falcons either play on Sunday or play an away game.

kb

April 15th, 2011
1:57 pm

Sorry. Move the Falcon game to Saturday.

directions

April 15th, 2011
1:58 pm

Drama Queen GStateBen in 3..2..1

Jackets21

April 15th, 2011
1:59 pm

Its a practice game, move the Falcons game. I’m actually praying for a lockout of all NFL games though. More focus and coverage on the more entertaining college game.

shrimp po' boy

April 15th, 2011
2:00 pm

JD – Georgia Southern was established in 1906. Georgia State was established in 1913. Not that that has anything to do with this discussion. Even if it did, the Eagles’ 6 national championships trump the Panthers’ one season of play.

Chris

April 15th, 2011
2:01 pm

JD- stop pretending anyone gives a hoot about Ga State athletics.

stinger

April 15th, 2011
2:01 pm

GSU could maybe get the OK to play at GT. But they don’t need that big of a place, I went to the last home game last year and there was only about 1500-2000 people there…I’m guessing

NLR84

April 15th, 2011
2:02 pm

shrimp po’ boy….6 national championship in DII is like being at the front of the short bus…I wouldn’t be bragging about that!

NLR84

April 15th, 2011
2:03 pm

Stinger, you’re right that they don’t know that large of a place, but your estimates are WAY off, they averaged about 20,000 fans a game last year and the Clark Atlanta game should be about double that.

middleoftheroader

April 15th, 2011
2:03 pm

Who had it first? Fair is fair. Falcons could have checked to see if stadium was booked. It was. No guarantee there will even be an NFL season so moving GSU could be a big todo for no reason. It is a PRESEASON game, not even the regular season. Falcons do the right, and classy, thing and move.

Dawg85

April 15th, 2011
2:04 pm

Simple solution……. move the GSU game OR the Falcons game to Grant’s Tomb! There’s plenty of room because no one wants to watch Tech play! Tech can simply move their game that night to a local park.

chalkdawg4

April 15th, 2011
2:06 pm

Tech is the best answer. Thursday night games there rock. Start at 7:30 or 8:00 so the 2nd half is played in the dark. Problem solved.

Too Easy

April 15th, 2011
2:06 pm

Stinger: They have plenty of games at gt with only 1500-2000 fans there.

DHD

April 15th, 2011
2:09 pm

Who brings in the most money? Case closed. GSU will change their schedule.

Jecorey

April 15th, 2011
2:11 pm

Let them go play at Herndon Stadium. They could easily get 15 to 20 grand over there. I honestl’y know know why they dont make that their home stadium anyway. Morris Brown has no team anymore and a very modern kinda new stadium sitting 2 mile from campus if that.

clark ATLANTA university

April 15th, 2011
2:12 pm

GSU play CAU @ clark ATLANTA university.

89Eagle

April 15th, 2011
2:12 pm

NLR84 Get your facts straight GSU plays football at the Div 1-AA and Div 1-A at all other sports. 6 National Chapionships and have played for the title 8 times is a big deal. Ga State is in the same sub division.

Lambuth

April 15th, 2011
2:13 pm

Jecorey

April 15th, 2011
2:13 pm

CAU stadium only seats 5000. no chance the game is there.

duh

April 15th, 2011
2:15 pm

there will be NO pro football this year, lumps…get a clue….

ROBBY

April 15th, 2011
2:16 pm

Enter your comments here

Too Easy

April 15th, 2011
2:17 pm

Nice try, Robby

Go Panthers and Jackets!

April 15th, 2011
2:18 pm

Tell me what you see when you type in http://www.gsu.edu ;)

GSU/CAU game at Tech would be so much fun!

RosGator

April 15th, 2011
2:19 pm

GSU can play at Grady stadium! I am GSU grad.

J

April 15th, 2011
2:20 pm

professional football team vs. 2nd season ga state football team…..

Panama

April 15th, 2011
2:21 pm

Moving this game IS a big deal. We played on Thursday night last year and drew 30,237 outdrawing a Braves playoff game that night. We cannot move to Saturday obviously. Friday night would be a disaster as there are no Friday afternoon classes for the most part. As for Wed I know that every Wed CUSA or Sun Belt game I have ever seen televised on a Wed has poor attendance. Ultimately I know we will get the shaft just because NFL Ownership believes that they can do whatever they want to whomever they want. This same group wants a to tear down an 18 year old stadium in favor of a brand new more expensive one in a down economy. I have had it with the NFL. Let see if I re-new my NFL Ticket THIS year. You talk about unmitigated gall. The Dome is owned by the state. You think they would check with the Dome and see if there were ANY other events scheduled for 9/1 given all the games, events and conventions the Dome hosts? Naw, we do what we want. We’re the NFL.

@stinger
Learn to count. we didnt have less than 12k for a home game all year.

@NRL84
Youre right. A big crowd is expected for that game. We got 30,237 playing Shorter. Clark-Atlanta would put 35k-40k easy on a Thursday night with all of the alumni of both schools who live in the area.

cewbee

April 15th, 2011
2:22 pm

Use Grant Field – GT – win-win situation

the S stands for Southern

April 15th, 2011
2:23 pm

State is a joke…you have played one season of football…we are both 1-AA. We have 6 national championships..We played in the semifinals last year…You played for nothing…take it for what it is worth but the real GSU is in Statesboro

GStateBen

April 15th, 2011
2:25 pm

Directions? There’s a reason why I never ask for you.

Our game will likely be moved and not to a different venue. When you outdraw the Braves and all but 9 FCS teams in your first year, the Dome will accomodate. Wednesday or Friday doesn’t matter. We’re going to drag Clark up and down the field. If they score, I’ll be shocked.

This. Will. Be. Fixed.

Thanks Ken!

Manage the homefront first

April 15th, 2011
2:25 pm

JD, JD, JD,
I hesitate to think those letters actually stand for “Just Dumb” because that would be impolite, so instead I will go with “Just Dilusional.” One day GSU and GSU will play, probably in the Georgia Dome, but until then the Atlanta-version of GSU with have to watch the Statesboro version play well into December and January in the playoffs.

A GSU-GSU gridiron rivalry would be great, but right now you need to be more interested in what the Falcons want because they don’t seem to care anything about your team as evidenced by the Falcons scheduling a game — a non-counting preseason contest — right on top of your regular-season one.

Panama

April 15th, 2011
2:26 pm

@the S stands for Southern

Take that up with YOUR administration who in writing says that you are NOT GSU!

NLR84

April 15th, 2011
2:26 pm

Why are all of the Georgia Southern fans chiming in today? These article was about the Falcons and State scheduling a game on the same day. It has nothing to do with who the “real” GSU is.

Go Jackets

April 15th, 2011
2:26 pm

Anyone with knowledge of the situation knows that the Falcons are the primary tenant of the Georgia Dome and always have priority to play there. GSU is SOL.

There is zero chance that the Institute permits GSU to play a game at Grant Field. It would put too much extra wear on the field with its own home opener mere days away.

LimerickMan

April 15th, 2011
2:27 pm

Tech also at home that night….. So can’t move there!

Bobby

April 15th, 2011
2:28 pm

GSU should have first rights to the Dome. Let the Falcons go play in a sandbox somewhere.

GEAUX SAINTS GEAUX!

George P. Burdell

April 15th, 2011
2:28 pm

Tech also has a home game on Sept. 1st against Western Carolina, so Bobby Dodd is out of the question

Ummmm

April 15th, 2011
2:28 pm

Why not do the GSU/CAU game in the afternoon and the Pro game at night? They would only need to change the logo in the center of the field from GSU to Falcons then change the logo again for the Chicken Bowl

Panama

April 15th, 2011
2:28 pm

@Manage the homefront first

1) There are not 2 GSUs
2) No it wouldnt because only you and 5 yahoos on AGS care or call this a rivalry
3)Sam wont schedule us so, take that up with him
4) What does any of this have to do with the 9/1 scheduling conflict?

Panama

April 15th, 2011
2:29 pm

This is going to be a class A disaster.