Season-ticket renewal rate: 97 percent

  – How many football season tickets turned over at Georgia this year because of non-renewals? 1,560, according to Alan Thomas, associate AD for external operations.  That compares to just 805 last year and 1,450 in 2007. “Yes, the number [almost] doubled [from last year], but it’s back in line with where it has been historically,” Thomas said. “Last year was the anomaly.”

  – After student seats, faculty/staff seats, visitors’ seats and comps are accounted for, about 53,500 Sanford Stadium seats are available as season tickets to donors.  So the renewal rate this year, although the lowest in three years, was 97 percent.  By comparison, pro sports teams generally consider an 85 percent renewal rate to be cause for major celebration, even in good economic times.

  –  Those who bought new UGA season tickets this year had to have made cumulative lifetime contributions of  at least $4,205 to the Athletic Association’s “Hartman Fund.” While that is less than half of last year’s cutoff — the much-talked-about $10,651 – it is the second highest in Bulldogs history, Thomas said.  Two years ago, the cutoff was $1,991.

  – Thomas attributed most of this year’s non-renewals to fans reducing their number of seats, as opposed to canceling altogether.  “We saw cases where people had eight and decided to go to four,” he said. “We didn’t have many people who just decided to get all the way out. Certainly the economic times are a factor, but we are still in a situation where we have a hard season-ticket sellout. It’s a product of the support of the Georgia people. . . We have unbelievable support from people who love the university and love the athletics program and love Saturdays here.”

15 comments Add your comment

lakerat

July 16th, 2009
6:47 am

39,000 seats “unavailable” for sale due to comps and student/faculty and visitor tickets – seems like a lot, but then at least 15,000 of those go to students/faculty, so 24,000 to sponsors and visitors is still a lot. I guess those 14,000 to sponsors really do make a difference.

I wish the athletic department would tell us how much money those 14,000 bring in from those sponsors – is it more than the approx. $7mil(donations to the Hartmann Fund of at least $250 per seat, plus the cost of the tickets – $240 each) they could get from selling them to the public – if it is not at least $14mil from the sponsors then they should be selling them to the public!

dawgstephen

July 16th, 2009
7:44 am

Count me into the 97% of those who renewed and renewed gladly. There is something special brewing in Athens, and it starts on the DEFENSIVE side of the ball and at the QB position.

http://www.dawgstephen.blogspot.com

Ali Akbar Allah

July 16th, 2009
9:01 am

Looks like 1,560 people got smarter and decided to get season tickets at Tech. Look for even more next year baby!

Stinger

July 16th, 2009
1:12 pm

Don’t worry about the cost, next year you will get 2 free cokes, 2 free hot dogs, 2 UGA tickets, and free parking for $1.00. That’s the benefits you recieve for Coach Paul Johnson beating you every year.

DawgFanForever.

July 16th, 2009
8:53 pm

Stinger what a joke. Paul “Johnson” Johnson will be gone before the termites beat the Dawgs again. You retards can’t even sell out your own season tickets. I know a guy who dropped his termite tickets last year and attended every home game for free. People were throwing tickets at him which is a sad testament to the state of termite ball.

TechBuzz

July 16th, 2009
9:42 pm

Mark it down—Tech beats georgia worse this year than last. Tech will be loaded, ga’s QB Cox is terrible. GA will be lucky to get 17 against the very good Tech D. GA Tech 33 UGA 16

Bryan G.

July 16th, 2009
9:54 pm

Look, Techbuzz, I don’t begrudge you for saying that Tech will beat UGA this year…I really don’t.

But you show your ignorance when Tech gave up 42 to UGA last year AND lost 3/4 of its d-line to the NFL.

Thank you for playing. I award you no points and may God have mercy on your soul.

LT

July 16th, 2009
11:09 pm

There still aren’t enough tickets going to students. From what I understand there were still sophmore’s who didn’t get to go to all the home game’s. They should still try to sneak in a few more students to fill in the open seats from students jam packed in the lower student section. never once cared about how crowded it got down there, it always made the big games that much more fun

buffdog is a real barker

July 17th, 2009
8:58 pm

full seat=win

GR82BAG8R

July 17th, 2009
9:00 pm

It’s entertaining to read Tech and Georgia fans go at each other. It will be even more entertaining when the Gators obliterate the Bulldogs again this year.

Island Dawg

July 18th, 2009
11:20 am

Florida fans can talk trash even though we have 2 of the past 5. Techies on the other hand: what a joke. Ben Hill Ah who cares stadium sells out every game with no window sales. You can walk up to any Tech game unless they’re playing an SEC team and buy tix at the window (with generous concession allowance) or get them for free from season tix holders who just want butts in the seat. Stinger, you’re comparing apples to oranges here

AltamahaDawg

July 20th, 2009
12:36 pm

LT, seems pretty simple, every student should just go to the game. There is no actual restrictions on the number of students attending UGA football games is there?

Saint Simons

July 20th, 2009
2:40 pm

just a reminder, 45-42!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

SteveDawg

July 20th, 2009
9:13 pm

GT DOODLE BUGS O _ GaDawgs _ 54
Fla Gay Tails 14 _ GaDawgs _ 47

currentstudent

August 2nd, 2009
6:12 pm

quite a restriction on students going to the game. We have to apply for tickets, and then number we get is determined by the number of hours we have in classes at UGA. We DO NOT get in for free and last year all freshmen and many sophomores did not get full season tickets. Last year I was a freshman and had to buy three tickets on the secondary market. However, that market is now eliminated for student tickets as they will be uploaded onto our ID cards, and all student sections will be open seating. However, we still have to apply for them, and the number we get still goes by credit hours.