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