Garbage dumping endangers free tailgating

North Campus after the South Carolina game. (Tom Ritch / Special)

North Campus after the South Carolina game. (Tom Ritch / Special)

All those folks tailgating on North Campus before Georgia home games in Athens — both the responsible ones who pick up and bag their own trash and the jerks who leave the quads looking like a landfill — might as well enjoy it while they can.

Because I’m betting the days of free tailgating on UGA’s two original quadrangles are numbered.

Actually, I’d already come to that conclusion even before school President Michael Adams felt it necessary address the subject of tailgate trash today after a Cabinet meeting in Athens. Adams said crews would put out extra trash bags and containers for the next home game against Arizona State and pleaded with fans to cooperate, but frankly I think it’s too late to save all-free tailgating at UGA.

The trend has started. Already, other schools, including SEC brethren Auburn and Alabama, have started charging hundreds of dollars per game for access to certain areas favored by tailgaters. Let’s face it, not only does making folks pay to tailgate provide greater control over what they do (and leave behind), it’s also a way to make money. And that’s something every university is interested in during these tight-budget times. Especially when you’re having to pay $40,000 per game to clean up the campus.

As soon as I entered North Campus with my son this past Saturday, on our way to visit my nephew’s tailgate party, I said, “I bet within two years they’re charging to tailgate here.”

And that was before this latest garbage uproar even arose. It just makes sense. I don’t think UGA would ever make fans pay for tailgating everywhere on campus (that would generate bad PR), but of all the places on campus that the Bulldogs faithful gather to dine and drink, North Campus would be the easiest place to do it.

The 70 tons of garbage left behind by fans will just give the UGA administration an excuse for restricting tailgating there.

There’s no sense in going on about how disgusting it is that tailgaters can’t be bothered to leave their garbage in bags (the university is happy to pick them up) and that they show no respect for the school they ostensibly support. The kind of tacky folks who do that sort of thing aren’t going to change their ways unless forced to.

“There are other things we can do [if the situation doesn't improve],” Adams said. “I don’t want to start arresting people or have a heavy police presence. We simply ask people to spend a little more time to maintain our campus.”

But policing the campus for litterers would take manpower UGA can better use elsewhere on game days.

Better to turn it over to a private firm that will sell spots to tailgaters and make sure everything is cleaned up after. Yes, it’ll be a shame to see one more game day tradition go away, but at least the campus won’t be left looking like a dump.

223 comments Add your comment

BurtDawg

September 17th, 2009
12:52 pm

I have a group that tailgates on East Campus and I can assure you that the area around the Music and Fine Arts Buildings are CLEAN when we leave. I think if North Campus gamers are that bad then they ought to just close that place down. They would never leave thier own house looking like that. This makes us all look like a bunch of no-care hicks. I am not proud of those UGA fans, just sad.

L-Dawg

September 17th, 2009
12:55 pm

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!

BE KIND, PLEASE REWIND (THE CAMPUS TO WHERE YOU FOUND IT)

GO DAWGS!!!!

2 SHORT DAYS TIL WE ARE 2-0 IN THE SEC!!!!!!

Marcus Graham

September 17th, 2009
12:57 pm

Photos look like the inside of a dog pen. 2-0 in the SEC but you got SPANKED BY OKLAHOMA.

MWC

September 17th, 2009
1:00 pm

What a bunch of inbred necks!!! Go Jackets!!!

Try selling out a 55,000 seat stadium......

September 17th, 2009
1:00 pm

before any tech fan comes on here thinking we are the only Campus in the nation or world that has this type of problem, it is every school that….well…HAS GREENSPACE ON THEIR CAMPUS.

I’m sure the top parking level at The Varsity looks similar to this after games. The 8 tailgaters on Tech’s “campus” are known to get a little rowdy when they decide to put a little extra sugar in the kool-aid and leave their Ritalin and Adderall at home.

Sic Em'

September 17th, 2009
1:02 pm

Try Selling….

ahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!

Back to your blogs Techie-Nerds!! scoot along. You snobby chumps!!

Tech tailgater

September 17th, 2009
1:03 pm

We had a similar problem with a UGA fraternity at the 2007 UGA/GT game in Atlanta. They told us that “they had black people in Athens to pick up their trash”. Guess they must have been on strike last Saturday.

Reinhardt

September 17th, 2009
1:05 pm

The campus is our home away from home on game days- and should be treated as such. However, when I go home (to my mom’s) she does not make me go to the a port-a-potty or make me park at the neighbors because my sister paid her more to park close.
What I’m saying here is the university should take some responsibility here. Year after year they treat the fans like crap. They want all the money they can get – but really don’t want you there.
I think back to the 70’s when I first started going to games. We parked the family motor home in front of the stadium. Back then, there were no trash problems. But then they started taking away parking – charging for close places, closing restrooms, and then charging to park in the deck. 40k to pick up trash? How much do they make in paid parking?
Back to the point. University – treat us like family; we’ll treat you like home.

PMC

September 17th, 2009
1:05 pm

Those pictures are honestly embarassing. It takes minimal effort to pack it back out. It’s horrible people that support a school would leave garbage all over the campus. With friends like that who needs enemies?

Obviously this happens everywhere there is tailgating… but it doesn’t change the fact that those scenes of garbage are disgraceful and it takes minimal effort for everyone to take care of thier own refuse.

Doug

September 17th, 2009
1:06 pm

Enter your comments her
As someone who has tailgated there for the last eight years, I can say UGA has contributed to this problem. There have never been an adequate amount of trash cans on North Campus. The ones that are there are overfilled well before kickoff, and the fact that they’re filled indicate that people use them. We always bring several bags as do I believe most of the people that set up tents. It’s the people passing through and “walk up traffic” that throw their trash everywhere. I believe it there were more trash cans, people would use them. It wouldn’t cost $40,000.00 for those disposable cardboard cans they put up.

They have already tried to curtail tailgating there by harassing anyone that gets near the library parking lot that’s trying to drop off their tailgating supplies, requiring you to haul your stuff from wherever you’re able to park. Remeber when you could park anywhere? There wasn’t as much trash back then, and it was actually easier to get out after a game. That story about emergency vehicles having problems getting around during games was just a story to cover up Adam’s money grab-forcing people to park in decks for $120.

Adams is a joke that can’t stand football and the crowd it attracts. He only tolerates it because of the money it brings in, and the fact most of the bigger doners are football fans. I really think he enjoys rubbing it in our faces with all this crap. I would really like everybody to withold their donations for a year and see how he enjoys that. He won’t have any money to buy property outside the country or another plan. There’s got to be an alumni that works in the headhunting field. Please find another school that will take him. Tech doesn’t expect to win, let’s call them first.

murfdawg

September 17th, 2009
1:06 pm

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How about having a game at 1 o’clock in the afternoon and then you will have time in the daylight to clean up the area? Saturday night, I got back to my tailgating spot at 11:30 and had to look forward to driving 21/2 hours to get home. I am sure a lot of other fans were in the same situation and just wanted to get home.(However, I have been doing this for forty years, I am a little more responsible than I was thirty years ago, and I was not too drunk to police my area. I also pay $400 a year for my parking space.)

Get rid of the night games!!!
Put larger and more trash containers around the campus.
Have one of the student service organizations have a project of cleaning up. Isn’t there money in recycling?
Stop gouging the fans at every turn.

This event will happen six times this year and you have to make it easier for the fans to be responsible. Otherwise, you sill end up with WOODSTOCK six times a year.

Drew

September 17th, 2009
1:06 pm

BurtDawg – #1 if they close down areas to tailgating those displaced people will only find other places to go causing more congestion and problems elsewhere. #2 The people who left the trash don’t “look like a bunch of no-care hicks” in fact they are a bunch of hicks. People as trashy as the trash they leave behind, and I would not hesitate to tell that to any of the folks who left the campus the way they did. It is unacceptable, and it demonstrates the lack of care, morals, and upbringing of some of those that attended the game.

And, gee...

September 17th, 2009
1:07 pm

…wasn’t it just the other day that I said the “tree huggers” would be ending the tailgating on the North quad sometime in the near future?

Doug

September 17th, 2009
1:09 pm

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Tech tailgater, good spin job, they probably told you they had tech grads for the job, you just had to make a racial comment. I look for your Vick posting when Philly comes to Atlanta. GO CANES!

UGA Dawg

September 17th, 2009
1:09 pm

This is not acceptable and has to change.

And for you Tech fans, at least people go to Georgia games. How’s not selling out your 55,000 seat stadium treating you?

Fleischman in Chattanooga

September 17th, 2009
1:12 pm

HA HA HA HA! What a bunch of loser rednecks! Looks like TONS of Pabst Blue Ribbon cans and cigarette buts. Biggest bunch of LOSER fans in the entire football nation!

Trash talking and trash LEAVING bunch of hillbillies

Sanford Drive

September 17th, 2009
1:12 pm

This is completely unacceptable. However, I will say, that there aren’t very many trash cans provided. We bring our own trashbags, so it’s not a big deal for us to clean up, but I think providing A LOT MORE garbage cans that are emptied throughout the day would help tremendously. Honestly, I think they want us to trash it so they can use that as an excuse to charge for tailgating.

Villa Rica DAWG

September 17th, 2009
1:12 pm

How embarrassing…

I can tell you that our area – in front of the Continuing Edication Hotel on Lumpkin – doesn’t look like that after the games.

How embarrassing… I can only imagine what those areas photographed look like after a loss – when everyone is pissed and could care less about the mountain of trash left behind…

Bob in Buford

September 17th, 2009
1:13 pm

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What’s the return Adams gets for $40,000.00? $6,000,000.00? Everyone should wear an Adams Sucks t-shirt for homecoming. Isn’t this the same guy that called the police on the basketball players at his house.

Coffee Shop

September 17th, 2009
1:14 pm

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POLICE PRESENCE? Try putting some cops at the entrences of the parking lots and decks to get the traffic moving. It took 40 minutes to get from the parking lot on Hull street near the Holiday Inn to Broad St.

Sanford Drive

September 17th, 2009
1:16 pm

Fleichman,

Hillbillies live in the HILLS. There aren’t any hills in Athens. Also, excessive garbage is a problem AT ALL SCHOOLS, especially schools who allow tailgating on campus greenspace. It’s not really a problem if you’re tailgating in a parking deck or parking lot. You’re forced to clean up due to traffic flow.

Big Dawg

September 17th, 2009
1:17 pm

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Leave tech alone, they’re going to have a sellout tonight. They’re on the road. They also won’t have to worry about cleaning up after 20,000 people. Yea!

hey murfdawg...

September 17th, 2009
1:17 pm

…you can forget about “getting rid of the night games” – ESPN and their SEC package control everything. Even the ASU game next week is at night, even though it is not on national TV but only on the internet (are there really that many people on the west coast that will pony up fo this game at 4pm out there?) It is highly probable that UGA will only have one afternoon game this year, that being the TN Tech game, thanks to the ESPN money!

Yellow Fuzz

September 17th, 2009
1:17 pm

E31-0 (Alabama beat down at the half)
49-10 (Florida annual beat down)
26-0 (GA Tech thrid quarter beat down)
45-42 (GA Tech bitch slapping)
24-10 (Loss to Houston)
70 (tons of trash)nter your comments here

CatsFly

September 17th, 2009
1:17 pm

Boosters of the University of Georgia and the University of North Carolina argue over which is the nation’s oldest state-chartered university. UNC held its first classes in 1795, six years before UGA, but Georgia got its charter first, in 1785. So which hamburger chain is the oldest, the one who said they were going to sell burgers, or the one who sold the first hamburgers?

Yellow Fuzz

September 17th, 2009
1:18 pm

31-0 (Alabama beat down at the half)
49-10 (Florida annual beat down)
26-0 (GA Tech thrid quarter beat down)
45-42 (GA Tech bitch slapping)
24-10 (Loss to Houston)
70 (tons of trash)

Yellow Fuzz

September 17th, 2009
1:19 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

The pictures say it all

UGA = Garbage

Bacchus

September 17th, 2009
1:24 pm

They could charge $5,000 per tailgate “plot” per game and some of these people would not bat an eye at paying it and still leave it trashed. Only difference is that it will generally cause a diaspora of tailgaters to less-prime campus locations, and they’ll bring their trash with them too.

Bill’s right. It’s not if, it’s when.

UGA Pig Sty Supporter

September 17th, 2009
1:25 pm

Does everyone notice how all the people supporting the mess leave “Enter your comments here”? You hicks should realize this isn’t normal and just because your front yard looks like this it doesn’t make it OK.

Ringleader

September 17th, 2009
1:25 pm

The trash is simply part of the business. Has Adams ever been to Ole Miss, it looks like a train wreck after every game. There are not near enough trash containers put out, there needs to be dumpsters, not the cardboard containers. Adams needs to be glad there is a problem with so many on campus and deal with it. There does not need to be more police gestapo to harass and intimidate. There are easily five times the police and security on the job in Sanford than any where else in the conference.
Adams also needs to get his application in for another job, his welcome in Athens is long worn out. It will be a while, if ever, that we get another Fred Davidson. I have been doing this for 45 years, and the parking is a shadow of what it used to be. There is not near the alcohol consumed now than in the 60’s and 70’s. You have to remember, the legal age was 18 then. Sure wish we had the railroad track seats and the scoreboard with the Bulldog swinging the ax. It was great seeing the students in the stadium an hour before the game.

bbdawg

September 17th, 2009
1:25 pm

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I certainly don’t condone the mess left on the North campus, but I do think that UGA could have and must take some steps to improve the situation. First, why not create a drive up area where people could drop off and then come pick up their belongs before and after the tailgate. It is a very long way to places that these tailgaters have to park and I am sure that the fact that they must lug stuff so far helps create some of the trash. I believe that they do this in the Grove at Ole Miss and have for years. Security is also provided so that personal belongings like tables and chairs are not stolen during the game. Another thing would be to sponsor more food vendors on campus with hotdogs, hamburgers, BBque, etc. I think that could help especially for people who come a long way. I have been to several other stadiums including GA Tech where food vendors are availalbe on the way to the stadium. (and it is so much easier to find food nearby in Atl than in Athens). Some of us old tailgaters wouldn’t mind a break from the task of getting the food ready. More trash cans and clean up people circulating to pick them up could help. Have the trash hauled away during the game so that when tailgaters return the trach bins would be empty and could be refilled. (Maybe local civic clubs could earn money performing this function) I am not a fan of Adams and will never be comfortable as a Bulldog until he is gone. He is failing to manage this situation as well as parking in a productive way. I also think that the traffic control after games is much worse than it used to be. Traffic was still backed up 2 1/2 hours after the game when we tried to go from West Athens to East Athens on 10 after 1 AM last Sat night. Traffic was allowed both ways on Baxter and Broad right after the game.
Still there is no excuse for the trash that people leave. Bring your own trash bags and UGA should start charging people to tailgate on North campus. (Just make it reasonalbe.)Insteaad of threatening GA fans Adams should manage the situation better. Go Dawgs! Beat Hogs!!

UGA Dawg

September 17th, 2009
1:27 pm

Hey Yellow Fuzz, does 7-1 mean anything to you? How about 59-39?

R

September 17th, 2009
1:28 pm

Im wondering if this was more the job of some POed SC fans. I live in Athens and something doesn’t add up right with this. However, if there are pro-UGA slobs (or pigs, your choice), get em out and I’ll gladly take their tickets. I really don’t tailgate- I just drive to E Campus, hop on a bus and walk into Sanford.

Vince

September 17th, 2009
1:29 pm

I was in the middle of that. It was a fun day till about noon. We got there early, sat down with a bloody mary and enjoyed the beautiful day. Our area was actually in those photos. About noon, all these kids starting joining in that were friends of friends apparently and the place was so overcrowded I left my tent to find another place to hang out. The amount of people in that area was insane to the point that it was well beyond enjoyable. I have never been so crowded and outdoors. We left the game early (gf was not feeling well) and came back and the smell alone was embarrasing. Cleaning was very difficult due to the lack of light, cleaning in the dark is pretty challenging. The one trashcan that was near us was full by noon and the 3 trashbags we brought were full by 2pm. There is not enough trash cans and way too many people pass through. I have tailgated in that area for years and the last time was Saturday.

Yellow Fuzz

September 17th, 2009
1:29 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

45-42-The Thump by the Dump

PNWDawg

September 17th, 2009
1:29 pm

If I can spend 5 days in the Yosemite Wilderness (where there are no trash cans) and bring all of it out then there is no excuse for leaving trash on campus. It’s not rocket science trying to figure out what to do with your trash. I don’t care how far you have to drive or how tired you are after watching the game, boozin’, or whatever. If you can’t clean up your mess then don’t make it.

bo Williams

September 17th, 2009
1:30 pm

Yo Catsfly: The university (UNC) was the first public university in the country to admit students when it opened in 1795 and was the only such institution to award degrees in the 18th century. But, as usual, UGa thinks they were first in everything, when they actually come in around 3d or 4th in most things, and lower in others (academics, basketball, etc.)

Knuckle Sandwich

September 17th, 2009
1:32 pm

Rather deal with litter bugs than get mugged on Luckie Street any day.

Habersham Dawg

September 17th, 2009
1:33 pm

Yellow Fuzz,

So, you edited your second post to not include “nter your comments here”. If you could spell, you would realize that you spelled third incorrectly. T H I R D

Delbert D.

September 17th, 2009
1:33 pm

Among the lawyers, doctors, MBAs and normal people that UGA turns out, there are the peckerwoods that appear to have been raised in a vacant lot.

Jeff grady

September 17th, 2009
1:34 pm

And when it comes to Trash, they stink!

"How Bout Dem Dawgs" Scooping Their Crap

September 17th, 2009
1:34 pm

Now, “How ‘Bout Dem Dawgs” scooping their crap? What are you, a bunch of hillbillies?

My gawd, such low-lifes to leave their stinking trash behind….

Stay home with your meth lab and don’t come back!

JackP

September 17th, 2009
1:37 pm

Slobs rather than Bulldogs.

Burdell

September 17th, 2009
1:38 pm

Bo Williams — Imagine that….UGA not being an original….mascot, helmet logo, stadium design, fight song, band name, the list goes on and on…

Vincent F. Davidson

September 17th, 2009
1:38 pm

Take it to Adams yard and dump it there. Or, if you want to property dispose of it, shove it down his shirt.

Interesting...

September 17th, 2009
1:38 pm

I couldn’t care less about football, much less the tailgating garbage (got to love a pun). However, I think it’s hilarious that people expect UGA to play mommy and daddy and provide you, the people bringing excess amounts of trash, extra trash cans. It’s called Wal-Mart. You go there, buy yourself some Hefty black trash bags, and USE THEM. UGA isn’t your mother, it isn’t your father, it isn’t their responsibility to take care of YOUR trash. The cans are fine for daily student life, but for a bunch of drunkards who are there for a day and then gone? Try taking responsibility for your own actions and give up the little petty blame game.

On a side note, I’m scared to see the houses those trashy people live in. Yikes. Probably healthier living in a landfill!

PNWDawg

September 17th, 2009
1:39 pm

Interesting…, you are exactly right!!!

Yellow Fuzz

September 17th, 2009
1:44 pm

Habersham Dawg

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45-42-the THUMP by the DUMP. It has a ring to it (literally)

Cuz

September 17th, 2009
1:44 pm

Those square cardboard event garbage boxes would cost no more than $2 each if bought in quantities that UGA would be able to obtain. They come with liners for the box. Storing them would be the only problem, but somewhere there should be space for them. Costs could be offset by putting advertising on the sides if that is a concern. Something needs to be done and I offer my experience in the waste removal field to our President Mike Adams. Finally, an issue that he and I can agree.

Fla Tide

September 17th, 2009
1:46 pm

Holy Hell. Those pictures are unbelievable. How could anyone leave trash around like that, and on your sacred campus? When we had season tickets at Alabama, the school grounds crew would come by and hand out trash bags and put up the temporary cardboard garbage cans. Everyone cleaned up after themselves (in our tailgate area) and piled it up in one spot for pickup. I mean, that’s just common decency. I’m shocked that UGA hasn’t come up with a plan like that and that UGA fans would just trash the place like that. Amazing.