Getting ready for kickoff time … whenever that is

There was a time you pretty much always knew when a UGA football game in Athens would be kicking off.
2 p.m.

What is your favorite kickoff time in Athens?

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That was back before television was calling the shots. I’ve heard more than a few old-school fans say they miss those times.

Nowadays, you often don’t know until a couple of weeks before a game when it’s going to begin. Will we be in the early slot at noon? The midafternoon kickoff at 3:30? A late afternoon game at 5 p.m.? An early evening game at 7 p.m.? Or the night slot at 7:45?

If we’re playing a nobody and it’s not being televised, it’s probably going to be the current “traditional” kickoff time of 1 p.m.

There are pluses and minuses to most of these kickoff times. If it’s midafternoon, you get more time to do a big lunchtime tailgate before heading to the stadium, but if it’s early in the season you’re sitting in the prime heat of the day and if it’s late in the season and you’re in the North Stands, you’ve got that blinding sun in your eyes in late afternoon.

If it’s one of those early regionally televised games, fans living outside of Athens have to hit the road when it’s still dark, and you barely have time to eat an early lunch or brunch before you’ve got to be in the stands. If it’s an evening game, you get all day to tailgate. But that also means a drunker, more ornery crowd, and if things don’t go well it can get ugly. It was folks tearing up the school grounds after the Auburn loss in 2005 that led to restrictions on where and when fans could tailgate on campus.

Does it matter to you when the kickoff is, or is any time of day the perfect time to watch the Dawgs between the hedges? That’s our Question of the Day. Feel free to comment, vote in the poll or do both.

56 comments Add your comment

Yes, it is too bad that TV has so much control...

June 24th, 2009
7:22 am

…but then, again, we get a lot a money for the athletic programs from those games. But it would be nice to only have 2-4 of the 6 or 7 home games that were subject to TV whims. So, to answer the question, yes, it does matter, to me, when the games start!

Fools Gold

June 24th, 2009
7:31 am

Why should KO time be an issue ? CMR has more pressing issues right now like beating Vandy and South Carolina like a rented mule in which he cant as of late.


June 24th, 2009
7:34 am

Dawgs get no respect in Vegas and I dont bet on them anymore but I know one thing its almost Vegas time baby!


June 24th, 2009
7:45 am

my thoughts….

if you can’t run with the big dawg (deal with the ever changing tv schedule) get under the porch – or stay at home and watch it on tv.

Michael Scharff

June 24th, 2009
7:45 am

I’ll take the 1 PM any time, Bill. We’re from Augusta, and this kickoff time means that we don’t have to get up to leave at the crack of dawn, and we can be home in time for supper.


June 24th, 2009
7:57 am

1:00 is fine with me!

SC Dawg

June 24th, 2009
8:11 am

Kicking off at 3:30 generally means that the game will be televised on CBS. And for out of town travelers like myself, it means not having wake up too early and getting back home without having to spend the night somewhere.


June 24th, 2009
8:20 am

I lykes fer it to be a earlie start so then after them thare doagies plaiy I cain watch Waste Virginny at nite and do a couch burning at nite too.


June 24th, 2009
8:29 am

I dont care what time Georgia plays, i just want to see Georgia win when ever they do play!


June 24th, 2009
8:45 am

Late Afternoon between 3 & 6. Noonish is to early & anything around 8 is to late.


June 24th, 2009
9:04 am

The campus wasnt torn up after the game in 2005 Bill. Thats what was left after a full day of tailgating. The University is also partially responsible for that mess. They werent equipped to handle large crowds on north campus. If you dont want trash put a massive amount of garbage cans out there. They learned their lesson the last few years and have done so. Now, tailgators have a responsibility too, throw your crap away and take of your campus. I respect the area because Im alumni, I donate and have been using it since 1997. There are many that do not though. I like 330pm the best, enough time to set up tailgate and even time to get home and catch the late night games, and college football final.


June 24th, 2009
9:06 am

It all depends where you live. If you live above the Macon-Dixie line, 1:00 PM, below 3:30 PM.


June 24th, 2009
9:14 am

SC Dawg- I agree with you. I still have family in Athens, so fortunately I never have to worry about a place to stay, but the 3:30 game at least gives me the option to go for a game and back in the same day if I choose, although it’s a loooonggg day when I do.

When I’m at home in Jax, I still like the 3:30 KO because I can get my “honey-do” list done in plenty of time, and can enjoy the game in peace.


June 24th, 2009
9:16 am

I agree with Ben. Also 1:00 to 3:30 also worked well for us.


June 24th, 2009
9:19 am

For Sept and early Oct it is too freaking hot when they start at 12-1, at 3:30 it starts to cool down a bit. After mid Oct it really does not matter though the late games (7-8) peoples be gettin’ too tore up drunkies!!


June 24th, 2009
9:21 am

Georgia blog; Getting ready for kickoff time….

Tech blog: Getting prepared to be mugge…..


June 24th, 2009
9:21 am


June 24th, 2009
9:21 am

UGA has generally had their TV games begin at 11 or 12 O’clock. Thise times are usually reserved for middle of the pack teams and conferences. Only very recently have they been on in prime time and that is usually as “guest” of someone like Bama or Tennessee,or Florida, or the one time they went into a different time zone(Arizona St.)


June 24th, 2009
9:22 am

3:30 or 5pm in Sept or October due to the heat. 1pm games are fine in November.


June 24th, 2009
9:36 am

Make it 3 PM and move on. The 1 PM time is too early. That eliminates tailgating and the heat is terrible.


June 24th, 2009
9:39 am

To me it’s night games. For two huge reasons.

1. Theres not a bad seat in the house. During the day, that sun is blinding for some parts of the stadium. I really don’t enjoy watching the dawgs through squinted eyes.

2. It’s cooler. Nuf said.

I understand the thought of south ga fans have a longer drive home. But it’s either they get a hotel the night before (or leave reaaaaaaaly early) or they get a hotel that night and leave the next day. Either way, the drive is still there.


June 24th, 2009
9:44 am

I think this year will be a bunch of 12 o’clock games. fl will get the choice 3:30 time slot. Bama will get the 7 o’clock and we will be left to the football at lunch time. the LSU game might be a 7pm game. the good thing is,I’ll be home in ptc at a reasonable time after the game.


June 24th, 2009
9:46 am

Oh, it’s also a lot easier to see the big screen replays at night.

J J Gunns

June 24th, 2009
10:00 am

TECHnically speaking, that was funny!! At least Georgia games sell out and are shown on decent networks like CBS and ESPN. To bad most of the Jackets’ games are only shown on HGTV and Lifetime! Although I do understand that Georgia Tech is in negotiations to have their games replayed on Nick Jr. and the Disney Channel.


June 24th, 2009
10:02 am

the one thing that bothers me about the dawg fans is the constant complaining about start times. if UGA is playing well, expect 330 or 745 and enjoy it. otherwise, 1230 or 1 when UGA is not doing well. too many South GA fans complain about travelling in the dark. give up your seat and watch the games at home if you don’t want to travel and enjoy the 745 start time. you are the same ones who complain to others about standing up and you sit down all game and dont cheer at all.


June 24th, 2009
10:11 am

I heard the ACC was negotiating to show the Tech games on the Comedy Channel. Even the ACC knows what a joke Tech football games are!!!!


June 24th, 2009
10:17 am


the Disney Channel has picked up GT games…ever since GT started running their “Mickey Mouse” offense that pounded the fleabags for 400 yards of rushing. HGTV started picking up the GT games to show sports fans how to “re-arrange” your neighbor’s hedges after pound his dawg into ground. ROTFLMAO.

However watching GT LB Jefferson “body-slam” NoShow to the ground would too violent for young audiences so parental supervision is recommended.


June 24th, 2009
10:22 am

Night games blow the other games away as far as atmosphere. And atmosphere is why college football is our country’s best sport. If it weren’t for tv, I’d say play them all at night (or 3:30 at the earliest).


June 24th, 2009
10:25 am

Funny comeback Chicago, and this from a Dawg.


June 24th, 2009
10:26 am

Hard to remember the last night game I attended. I blame it on the alcohol.

Note to the wise. Night game, leave the kids at home.

Columbus Dawg

June 24th, 2009
10:29 am

Has anyone heard about the supposed Facebook entry that Marlon Brown made? If it is true, it’s very disturbing.


June 24th, 2009
10:39 am

wow run out of stuff to talk about who cares what time my beloved dogs play lets just get it started lets play some football!!!!!!!!

Okefenokee Dawg

June 24th, 2009
10:47 am

I like them Thursday night Tech games.


June 24th, 2009
10:58 am

The hottest part of the day is 4-6 during daylight savings time. So noon or night would be better. I still like the 3:30 time because we don’t have to get up so early.

Native Atlantan

June 24th, 2009
11:02 am

For non TV games, it would be nice if games before Sept 20 played at 600PM and then have 300PM starts the rest of the season. It’s a mute point for this year because UGA arguably has the most competitive schedule in the country so it appears 11 games will be televised and one game will be on PPV.


June 24th, 2009
11:25 am

The worst of the worst is early kickoffs for away games in Central Time. Like Auburn and UK. I hope its not the same for Arkansas.

As stated all have benefits:
1pm – Can take post game nap before going out downtown.
3pm – good solid amount of tailgating time even if you don’t get there until 10am
5pm – (my favorite) the perfect blend of late morning start and ample tailgate time 4-6 hours
7pm – Cool night air / National Exposure = More Excitement


June 24th, 2009
11:48 am

As long as the team shows up and plays hard at the initial kickoff, I don’t care what time it starts. Showing up for the second half against UA doesn’t cut it.

I can’t believe people get to see a game between the hedges then complain about the start time. That is like Tom Brady complaining about Gisele’s crooked smile–Shut Up!


June 24th, 2009
11:52 am

Sir Paul is coming, Sir Paul is coming!!!!!


June 24th, 2009
11:57 am

McCartney? Awesome. When? I want to get tickets…he is an excellent performer.


June 24th, 2009
12:17 pm

Sorry Ramble, I thought you were talking about that turd Johnson again.


June 24th, 2009
12:23 pm

I like 3:30, night games against big schools can be fun. Waiting for the game all day.


June 24th, 2009
12:24 pm

3:30 is perfect. I normally set up tailgate around 9:30 AM. 12 or 1, I feel rushed; 7 or 7:45 makes for a LONG day.


June 24th, 2009
12:42 pm

GIVE ME A NIGHT GAME IN ATHENS ANY TIME! STEVIE SPURRS IS IN BIG T-R-O-U-B-L-E-!!! All day long to get sauced up to yell and scream at the man we love to hate….I usually worry about that game …It being early in the year.. us usually playing a patsy before them. but now with us playing a top ten team right off the bat and it being @ night.. they don’t have a prayer!!

Uga_b, I hate to be the one...

June 24th, 2009
1:24 pm

…to tell you to go back to geograpy class, but UK (Kentucky) is in the same time zone as UGA. Possibly you meant to say Vandy (in Nashville) which IS in the Central Time Zone (like Auburn), or it could just be that UGA education of yours being exposed.


June 24th, 2009
2:45 pm

CUZ your right about the night games and drinking. I hope GT/UGA game never gets played at the 7 or 7:45 time. The ESPN Thursday Night games are great because no all day tailgating, it is cool, and Atlanta look good under the lights, and I know here come the football isn’t played on Thursday crap. I like 1 pm because it is a great temp when the winter hits and I can get home and relax before the late games start.

Helluva Engineer

June 24th, 2009
2:49 pm

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Helluva Engineer

June 24th, 2009
2:50 pm

Are they gonna have a black out during any of the night games???


Helluva Engineer

June 24th, 2009
2:52 pm

Doesnt matter what time they kick off. Puppies are going to get whipped.


June 24th, 2009
3:19 pm

Any day you are lucky enough to be watching the Dawgs play between the hedges, is a good day! When they win, its a GREAT day! It doesn’t about matter the time of day or the weather. How ‘ bout them Dawgs!

Chris Broe

June 24th, 2009
3:22 pm

I played college ball in the old days. Back then, we didn’t have any fancy hi-tech instruments like watches or clocks to measure time then, so we never knew when the kick off would happen. No, we’d play football when the cops would let the teams out of jail after the obligatory pregame night of debauchery. About noon, usually, (as long as no cheerleaders pressed charges). That was the way it was and we LIKED IT!