Tech averaged 4,095 more fans than last season

Tech fans greet the team as it arrives for a game in 2010

Tech fans greet the team as it arrives for a game in 2009

We had a short in Tuesday’s paper that Georgia Tech averaged 51,584 fans last season, which was 40th in the NCAA among Division I-A schools. The entire report can be read here: http://bit.ly/avjbrd

The Yellow Jackets, though, were 12th in Division I-A in increased attendance year-over-year, averaging 4,095 more fans in 2009 than in 2008. Tech averaged a bit more than 26,000 in season ticket sales last year. Tech also took steps during the summer to improve its ticket revenue by contracting with the Aspire Group to outsource some sales. Previously, Tech handled all season-ticket sales in-house. Packages for the 2010 season are now on sale.

In athletics director Dan Radakovich’s state of the athletics association address, he spent some time discussing how Tech hopes to increase attendance in the 2010 season, including steps to get more faculty at games. The video can be watched here: http://bit.ly/cHEFFi

Overall, the ACC ranked fifth among the conferences with an average of 51,249 fans per game, a decrease of 1,488 per game.

Here are the ACC attendance leaders.

1. Clemson 75,793

2. Florida State 74,345

3. Virginia Tech 66,233

4. North Carolina 56,607

5. N.C. State 56,422

6. Georgia Tech 51,584

7. Virginia 47,986

8. Miami 47,551

9. Maryland 44,452

10. Boston College 35,716

11. Wake Forest 31,791

12. Duke 26,314

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93 comments Add your comment

lanier

February 23rd, 2010
9:15 am

How many seats are there in Grant Field.that would help

RAMBLE ON!!!

February 23rd, 2010
9:17 am

Keep up the good work DRAD…we need the money so we buyout the worst Basketball Coach in Men and Women NCAA sports.

mwh6767

February 23rd, 2010
9:18 am

lanier there are approx. 56,000 seats at bobby dodd-grant field

techie

February 23rd, 2010
9:20 am

Does anyone know where I can order the Pocket Protector with the 2010 schedule on it?

jablonski

February 23rd, 2010
9:21 am

Wow, the whole hot dog and coke thing is working out….Maybe this year you will sell out a home conference game.

You will never get respect.

that game meant nothing to coach johnson or tech

February 23rd, 2010
9:22 am

didnt know Grant stadium held that many flagboys!!!.. course i am sure they snuggle next to each other…..come to athens this fall…course “what has Georgia done since 1980?” don’t know coach Johnson…what did your teams at Army do..or Ga. Southwestern..? just curious

that game meant nothing to coach johnson or tech

February 23rd, 2010
9:23 am

maybe Al will Groh Nads and help ya’ll beat Mary and bill..will and mary ..whatever..are they on the Tech schedule..(they were on Virginny’s schedule last year as a loss) lmao

collegeballfan

February 23rd, 2010
9:31 am

I see the inferiority complexes have reared their head again.

Wizard Master Level 3

February 23rd, 2010
9:32 am

I would have come to more games, but they schedule them during our D&D battles. I can’t lose my +3 experience points.

nickj0321

February 23rd, 2010
9:34 am

nice work D-RAD…

spectator

February 23rd, 2010
9:40 am

I see the usual insightful comments from the doggie boys…really clever don’t you think? They are probably sitting at their momma’s computer snickering at how witty they are. Doggie fans love to brag about “crowd size”…as if that makes up for the crappy football team. They are the same as guys who buy big, flashy cars to make up for their physical inadequacies. It’s called “penis envy” in case you doggies aren’t familiar with it. It seems to afflict an awful lot of doggie fans.

RAMBLE ON!!!

February 23rd, 2010
9:43 am

spectator, it’s the same stuipd idiot. Can’t you tell?

RAMBLE ON!!!

February 23rd, 2010
9:43 am

whoops….’stupid’.

aztecs

February 23rd, 2010
9:47 am

i should get to more gt games this year, especially since there are none of those crazy thursday night games, i refuse to try to get into atlanta on a thursday night or any other weeknight for that matter, and im an old white fart so i sure as heck am not going to get on marta late at night after the game

Tech Rules

February 23rd, 2010
9:50 am

“Tech averaged a bit more than 26,000 in season ticket sales last year.”

By definition, season ticket sales is a number, not an average of numbers.

jablonski

February 23rd, 2010
9:53 am

Hmmmm….Uga’s crappy football team beat your BEST football team. Whatever makes you feel better, NERD. See you b*tches in Athens…get ready, its going to happen again.

We are not bragging because our crowds are so big. We are laughing at how tiny yours are.

ramble on!!!-
You have been mighty quiet since that 30-24 event last november….d-bag.

Fillin' up @ Juniors

February 23rd, 2010
9:54 am

“that game meant nothing to coach johnson or tech” What the heck are you rambling about?… Johnson was a) at Navy, b) he made Navy, a military academy where no one goes pro in to a consistent 8-10 game winner. I realize that is only UGA level competence in wins but not with any of the resource UGA has. c) He won national champion ships at GEORGIA SOUTHERN. They were a dynasty when he was there. d) he is 1 for 1 with UGA and honestly both games were close enough to go either way despite UGA having First Round Draft Picks starting at Tailback, Wide Reciever, Quarterback, Linebacker, and D-Line.

Becareful what you ask for, you might get a sensible response that merits a counter question, what has Richt done in comparison to Johnson?

The flagboy comment has merit, kind of embarrassing, I’ll eat that crow, but I bet when Flagboy graduates he’ll make twice as much as you.

nlombardi3

February 23rd, 2010
9:58 am

Lets see… When CPJ was at Southern he won two D1-AA National Championships. At Navy he went 11-1 against the other service academies, he beat Notre Dame for the first time in about 40 years, and won the Coach of the Year award. At Tech he has won ACC COTY two years running, won the ACC in his second year, and broke the UGA spell in Athens, the year you were preseason #1 and we were supposed to win 3 games.

Not to say Richt isn’t a great coach, but CPJ is fabulous. He has exceeded expectations at every level of play and is now bringing Tech onto the national football scene

Doug Roberson

February 23rd, 2010
9:59 am

Techrules: you are correct. That was awkwardly worded.

Reality

February 23rd, 2010
10:01 am

Am I missing something here? Who really cares about this? People in the seats don’t make a bloody difference. What makes the difference is the WINS!

I would rather have an undefeated season and NC with no one ever in the seats than sell-outs with a 7 or 8 win season (like the puppies).

Wizard Master Level 3

February 23rd, 2010
10:02 am

I can’t make the opening game because of Dragon Con. It’s too bad. I can’t wait to see what awesome rap song the GTGs have and to hear our players ask us to get All – not just some – of the way turnt up!! It gets me so crunk!!!! I’m going to go ask out the girl who goes to Tech tonight and then when she turns me down find some frigid Agnes Scott chick. Go Jackets!!

Reality

February 23rd, 2010
10:02 am

jablonski – welcome to the GA Tech blog. Now leave.

superDawg

February 23rd, 2010
10:03 am

ramble sits in the first seat on the bandwagon.

Coach

February 23rd, 2010
10:04 am

The thing is, we can actually SEE the game at Grant Field. I’m an alum and a l-o-n-g time GT season ticket holder, married to a UGA grad, so I’m forced to go to a couple a UGA games per year when Tech is out of town. Sanford Stadium is a beautiful venue, but the seating layout is crummy. The best seats, lower deck/mid-field are a mile from the sideline. The deep sideline area, the hedges, and the promanade around the field are nice, but they push the stnads too far back from the field. This combined with the low rise of the original stands (the steps are only about 4 inches high) really makes you appeciate Grant Field’s closeness to the field. It’s a lot like the Dome in that regard. Both are great places to WATCH a game.

superDawg

February 23rd, 2010
10:08 am

reality how many free hot dogs did you eat last year.

superDawg

February 23rd, 2010
10:12 am

coach the only reason grants tomb is designed that way is so you nerds can throw things at the winning team at the end of the game.

Bryan G.

February 23rd, 2010
10:13 am

Coach – I can actually agree with you on that. Sanford is a very pretty stadium, but the seats are way too far from the field unless you’re in the lower bowl.

Sabar Kapor

February 23rd, 2010
10:16 am

I don’t care much for the game of American football but I love to dress up like a large bee and act like the fool. If they would only change the four cokes, four hot dogs, and four tickets promotion to four kebabs, four slurpees, and four tickets I would think they would sell many, many more tickets.

BobbyGodd

February 23rd, 2010
10:19 am

With the horrendous home schedule for next season, coupled with the continued economic downturn…be prepared to see us drop at least 5,000 seats next year.

go to hell Dogdoodoos

February 23rd, 2010
10:21 am

yes cannot wait to play in Athens again, novel idea. Any chance you wll be preranked number one again before we get there?

GT Fan...

February 23rd, 2010
10:26 am

51,000+ fans / game = 11 wins. How many wins did 90,000+ fans / game get the dogs???
Now, shall we start with all the corny “Size doesn’t matter” cliches …..

It is not how deep you fish …. it’s how you wiggle your worm that counts
It is not the size of your ship … it’s the motion in your ocean that counts

Looks like 100,000+ fans / game did wonders for Tenn & Michigan as well. Ga fans are comical.

Reality

February 23rd, 2010
10:28 am

superDawg – thanks for visiting the blog of a WINNING team and a BCS team. Now, you may return to the cesspool of ugag.

HomoDawg

February 23rd, 2010
10:30 am

Maybe with all those increased ticket sales you can buy a personal trainer for your coach, he’s so UGLY!! Ewwwww!

Coach Richt is the hawtie that RUNS this STATE.

GTPhenom

February 23rd, 2010
10:30 am

Ah the pups are back out early, I see. Don’t you know you are supposed to be doing your schoolwork right now, not blogging on a GT blog. I understand the bitterness, I truly do. You pups can’t stand the fact that our program is on the rise while your program continues to be a constant failure. Keep reminding me who has more national titles? Oh, that wouldn’t be GT, would it? Face the facts that even with our GT team reloading, our team will still end up doing better than UGA. Now, as far as the stadium attendance, who cares who has more fans showing up? Last I checked, at least GT fans aren’t walking out with 5 minutes left and our team only down by one score against a team like Kentucky. See, for all your fans, how many honest to god true fans do you have? Not many, in my opinion.

GPB

February 23rd, 2010
10:32 am

I’ve been to a variety of stadiums around the league and I actually like Sanford stadium from the lower section of the bowl. It is definitely an intimidating atmosphere even though you are somewhat further from the field. It also holds noise well and provides an awesome home advantage. The old Orange Bowl was not up to the level I expected and neither is Death Valley at Clemson.

I like Bobby Dodd simply because I feel like you can get a good view from much of the stadium except the North stands. It doesn’t hold noise as well as I would like but that’s also a function of our fan base not always doing it for us. The closeness helps a lot even though it allows our student section to behave like jackasses and throw things onto the field. That needs to be brought under control.

I think we are partially constrained by land size in downtown but at the same time, we have a different sized fanbase to seat. If both teams swapped stadiums, you’d have a never full Tech at Sanford and UGA fans trying to hide season ticket holder deaths in the family to keep the seats at Bobby Dodd like some Duke fans had done at Cameroon indoor with season tickets. But honestly, who really cares? Having more fans isn’t concurrent with wins – look at RichRod at Michigan. And more fans is also a function of home schedule, 2010 sucks at home so I would expect a lower turnout.

Opinion

February 23rd, 2010
10:42 am

I’d rather have 50,000 and 4 national championships any day over a team with 90,000 fans with 1 championship

Rembrandt

February 23rd, 2010
10:48 am

Never been to Kenan Stadium UNC. I’ve heard its nice. Anybody been there who can offer an objective opinion? I plan to see Tech game at UNC this year.

superDawg

February 23rd, 2010
10:54 am

UGA will put the final nail in your program this year so get whatever you have to say off your mind now,because in dec.it will be muted.

GPB

February 23rd, 2010
10:56 am

It’s pretty nice. I was there in 2002 so it might have changed a little bit. Horseshoe configuration with a nice view from the upper decks. There’s a track around the field like Sanford. When I was there, the mascot was cruising around the track on a three wheeler and Buzz clotheslined it off in front of us. It was awesome.

CatsFly

February 23rd, 2010
11:06 am

I’ve been there many times, and I share the view of Sporting News, “the best venue in American to watch a football game”. The recent additions allows it to rank 2d-to-none in terms of facilities. Set in a natural bowl, the view of the pine trees (hence the term “playing under the pines” and the bell tower, provides one of the most beautiful settings east of the Rockies (UVa, West Point, Va. Tech are also beautiful). I have not been to Sanford Stadium. I would like to know who Kenan and Stanford compare. Anyone been to both in past 3-5 years?

LOVES GEORGIA

February 23rd, 2010
11:22 am

Doesn’t matter if we only won 8 games. We BEAT your sorry acc champion A** and it sure has made my off season GREAT. My number one memory of the game was looking around after the win and seeing the tears running down the faces of tech fans. TO HELL WITH GEORGIA TECH.

East Cobb Hokie

February 23rd, 2010
11:37 am

Per a UGA TV documentary, Sanford was initially modeled after UNC’s Kenan Stadium initially. Subsequent decks, etc are obviously different. Very rich history with GT/UGA early games that resulted in building a stadium in Athens.

Kenan added individual seats sevaral years ago to replace bleacher seats >>> narrow legroom.

uradork...actually urahugedork

February 23rd, 2010
11:48 am

Funny how GT ranks their 4 NC when half of them where during the horse drawn carriage days, but never UGA’s 1 in 1942. That’s probably due to your inadequacy in many areas of your life; like being a man.

Keep counting CPJ’s NC in the minor leagues too and ask what has UGA done since 1980.

As for the topic, I would rather have 90,000 comfortable seats than being crammed in like at UT. Considering the money donated to be allowed to buy tickets, they can at least give us that.

uradork...actually urahugedork

February 23rd, 2010
11:50 am

To GTfan:

It is not the size of your ship … it’s the motion in your ocean that counts.

Yeah, it takes a hell of a long time to get to England in a rowboat…….just ask your wife.

UGA is so 3 DECADES AGO

February 23rd, 2010
11:54 am

uradork. ah the last natl championship won by either UGA or Tech was Tech you doofus – in 1990!!!

GTisLame

February 23rd, 2010
12:05 pm

Wow! I guess the concession stands were really busy by making more free hot dogs and 4 cokes. Give it up to the marketing team in the GT athletics program. Offering 4 free hotdogs and 4 cokes really help “drive” attendance.

UGA 30 – gt 24!

HAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

NoCoach Blewitt

February 23rd, 2010
12:26 pm

The idiocy level on this blog is inconceivable …..

Explain again what a housing major is?? Pathetic ….. UGAy needs all that alumni money to bail out all those atheletes

PTC DAWG

February 23rd, 2010
12:41 pm

Many a Georgia citizen rues the day the UGA Grads that started GT didn’t put their campus in Athens as first planned. A few certain UGA Grads thought UGA needed a Technical School…and look what we have now. And the GT fans have the nerve to think UGA has an inferiority complex. Without UGA Grads, there is NO GT. Ya’ll enjoy it now….

Honestly, great job on the increased attendance. It’s not like the ACC teams you have to play bring big crowds.

JOBO Jacket

February 23rd, 2010
12:54 pm

Our stadium may be smaller but it is an excellent and unique place to watch a game not like your cookie cutter SEC stadium – how many SEC stadiums have hedges anyway?

UGA big item “between the hedges” like everything else they have are not original – the third most common mascot, a logo that every one from Green Bay to Griffin high school uses, a fight song that stole the tune from a hymn, and countless other TRADITIONS borrowed from FL. State and other schools -

Back in the day they even took our business school because theirs was so bad – look out after the $25 million donation the Board of Regents may try to give them the College of Management

Is it just me, or does all that bug you – for heavens sake do something original for a change ! ! !

THANK YOU UGA FANS

February 23rd, 2010
1:01 pm

UGA and tech played in Atlanta and that is the ONLY REASON that their average attendance was up. Now, look at 2010 and the game will be in Athens and their stadium attendance will be down. Also, given the fact that tech IS IN a major, major metro area and they can ONLY average about 55,000 in their stadium on game day vs UGA’s 93,000?? Sad. Pathetic and proves that the Tech brand has no following.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHA

30-24 and this year makes it 1-9 AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Shhhhhhh ! There goes Caleb ……………..woosh. There goes Washuan ……………Woosh !!!