‘Hartman Fund’ deadline passes; contributions ‘very similar’ to last year

The deadline passed at midnight Monday for University of Georgia fans to make their annual “Hartman Fund” contributions for the right to buy football season tickets. While a final tally won’t be determined for a week or two, UGA associate athletics director for external operations Alan Thomas said late Tuesday that he expects contributions to settle at about the same level as last year.

“It’s pretty fair to say the numbers are very, very similar to 2007 and 2009 [at this point],” Thomas said. “We’ll have much more specific numbers within two weeks.”

The number is fluid because, face it, contributions that arrive a few days after the “deadline” are not going to be turned down. And season-ticket holders who don’t make the minimum contributions necessary to keep their seats are contacted before their accounts are closed.

Thomas said that as of “right this moment,” about $20 million to $21 million in contributions have been booked. He said another  $2 million to $3 million usually comes in after the deadline. On that basis, he said he expects the final tally to be about the same as last year’s $23 million, which was down from the record $26 million in 2008 but roughly the same as in 2007.

“We got a significant amount of mail today, and we’ll get a significant amount tomorrow,” Thomas said Tuesday. “We’re in the range of where we were [at this point last year].”

At its meeting on Feb. 3, the UGA Athletic Association’s board of directors  was told that early Hartman Fund contributions were “tracking similar to 2009.” With the warning that “it is too early to predict the final numbers,” the board at that meeting was provided figures through Jan. 25.  Contributions of $7,007,010 had been received from 4,040 donors as of Jan. 25,  compared with contributions of $6,434,806 from 3,667 donors at a similar point in 2009.  Not surprisingly, most contributions tend to come in at or near the deadline each year.

Among customers who have made contributions this year, a relatively small number –- 200 to 300 -– donated less than the minimum required to keep all of their seats, Thomas said Tuesday. That suggests those customers plan to retain a smaller number of season tickets than they had last year — perhaps reducing from six seats to four, for example.

Georgia, like many major-college football programs, requires donations from fans before allowing them to buy or renew season tickets. For existing season-ticket holders, a minimum contribution of $250 to $2,000 per seat per year -– the amount depends on seat location –- earns the right to buy the tickets for $40 per seat per game. Contributions above required minimums gain additional benefits, such as the right to buy road and bowl tickets.

On March 9, Georgia will send season-ticket order forms to donors.

After all renewals are processed, new orders will be filled on the basis of customers’ lifetime contributions until the supply of available seats is exhausted. Last year, lifetime contributions of $4,205 were required to become a first-time season-ticket buyer. This year’s cutoff probably won’t be calculated until early summer.

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73 comments Add your comment

Billy Boy

February 17th, 2010
2:47 am

Billy Boy

February 17th, 2010
2:51 am

Billy Boy

February 17th, 2010
2:51 am

And happy fat tuesday from the Classic City.

Dawg stuck in Bham

February 17th, 2010
5:20 am

Dawg stuck in Bham

February 17th, 2010
5:20 am

Like a good Baptist in hiding….I have a 5th!

Dawg stuck in Bham

February 17th, 2010
5:23 am

The rich get richer…The avg fan and alum like me will NEVER be able to afford tickets. Sad…Being an alum gets you nothing but a piece of paper on your wall when it comes to tickets. Meanwhile, some guy that flunked out or never even attended can pay his way into tickets. A pathetic system…

nub

February 17th, 2010
5:39 am

dawg stuck in bham……heard cuba has a good baseball team…get my drift……get a second job if you need too……. :)

Hey Dawg stuck in Bham...

February 17th, 2010
6:56 am

You can buy my 2 tickets if you want them – 1st row, upper deck end zone, section 319. I won’t be using them – face value is $560 for the pair, so you can have them for $650 if you want them. Email me at biged83w@yahoo.com

JB

February 17th, 2010
7:19 am

I agree with above post. They ought to allocate 5,000 seats somewhere and allow alum’s to buy at face value for 2 years then reopen it to 5000 more alums. Not general public, but alums. The cure for abuse ( so they won’t sell them for a profit) limit it to TWO tickets and print their name on the ticket. Doesn’t match at the gate, they are not usable. it’s not perfect, but Alum’s who don’t have an extra 10 grand laying around might get to see some games.

joe taxpayer

February 17th, 2010
7:26 am

The alum should have majored in a degree that pays better. Maybe, instead of going to college you could have started your own business.

collegeballfan

February 17th, 2010
7:37 am

Buy season tickets for the basketball team. They really need your butt in the stands.

Big Dawg

February 17th, 2010
8:02 am

If I remember correctly, a minimum donation was not required for alumni to buy tickets the year after they graduated, allowing them a lower entry barrier. They also offer cheap tickets for students. But in order to maintain a massive stadiium and the facilities that UGA has they can’t give away tickets to broke graduates. Start donating what you can and slowly build up your points.

Chopdawg

February 17th, 2010
8:14 am

I was “lucky” enough to start making Hartman Fund contributions during the Donnan years, when demand wasn’t so strong; with today’s economics I can barely keep my seats, but at least I’m over the threshold.

If I wanted to buy UGA season tix now I’d buy them on e-bay, there are lots of tickets available in late July and early August. Who can afford $4,205, just for the privilege of beginning to buy season tickets? I’m an alum so of course I found out how much that matters (none) when buying UGA tix.

Goldtimer

February 17th, 2010
8:20 am

Problem solved for all the sidewalk fans: Start rooting for the up and coming state team and stop dressing in those awful red and black colors. No 10k donation is needed at Tech and we offer affordable ticket packages for the whole family.

GW

February 17th, 2010
8:20 am

Birmingham, You should know that scalpers are loaded with corporate purchased tickets on the street for most games. Counting not having to donate, you can likely get them cheaper. It amazes me how many tickets scalpers have in their hands. “Need tickets, selling tickets!”

Magic Man

February 17th, 2010
8:47 am

Goldtimer,

And you still can’t sell out your stadium.

Boom to Bust

February 17th, 2010
8:56 am

Similar you say ??

According to people I’ve spoken to, the GA A.A.
Hartman Fund totals are running over 40% BELOW last years total.

Buckhead Dawg

February 17th, 2010
8:58 am

Goldloser – are you kidding me?? Urine yellow and white are better colors than Red and Black??

Correct

February 17th, 2010
9:05 am

boom to bust: correct

dont know wth thomas is talking about

also been told fund donations are running way way below last year

jdawg

February 17th, 2010
9:05 am

As a long time donor, I really do not feel sorry for the one’s that want in the door now. I made a sacrifice over 25 yrs ago, and have not regretted it one bit. Yes, if I was knew to the game, it would be very high. But, have the first year to get in, the contribution does go down. And, each fail to mention that 80% is a tax deduction, so with that said another year has passed, mailed with my stamp last Thurs. Oh, I do not mail early, and will not as long as Adams is still there, so Damon may lose a few cents on interest…

AltamahaDawg

February 17th, 2010
9:07 am

Here is the reality of attending sporting events:

Shut Up and Pay the Man.

I did not renew

February 17th, 2010
9:11 am

I was on the fence this yr after only attending 2 games last yr.( I have well over the min if I want to jusmp back in) Just the fact that all games are on TV, the home schedule isn’t so great etc, and I could never get my seats moved so a few of my friends & I felt it was batter to buy some on the streets for the games we only wanted to/or could og and use the extra money for soem of the road games like Colorado etc.

Iraq Dawg.... Go Army.... Hooah

February 17th, 2010
9:12 am

Goldtimer,

I see why…. “WE RUN THIS STATE”.

FWIW

February 17th, 2010
9:16 am

Is the Hartman Fund the vehical through which UGA
offers a Free Diploma with your season tix donation ??

AltamahaDawg

February 17th, 2010
9:18 am

As far as being Alum, I am too, that shouldn’t have anything to do with buying cheaper tickets. Tuition is about 20% of the real cost of that “piece of paper” and the taxpayers and corp doners pick up the rest. It’s not like we made great sacrifises to attend the University, and thus deserves some return favor in the form of sporting event tickets. You paid the advertised rate for the classes, you got the diploma.

Now, should alum have first right of refusal…..sure. Do we not get that?

On a related note, if you can log on to a blog site, you can figure out how to purchase a ticket to any UGA sporting event for less than $200. Don’t make excuses if you arent willing to pay (many times less than what a season ticket end uppays) the going rate to attend the game.

Iraq Dawg.... Go Army.... Hooah

February 17th, 2010
9:20 am

I did not renew,

I used to have just as much fun watching the games anyway on the BIG screen at the Athens Bar. I usually just come back for homecoming when we are playing Vandy or UK. The tickets are much cheaper then.

Tim

February 17th, 2010
9:42 am

I renewed mine again this year. I know this sounds bad, but I’m actually hoping the lower donations and people renewing will help me to finally be able to move my seats. I enjoy going to the games, but it’s more about being able to catch up with old friends and hang out before/after the game that means more to me.

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TommyP

February 17th, 2010
9:57 am

I’ll never own season tickets but that’s OK with me. It’s about supply and demand and the demand is unreal. I don’t have that kind of cash to throw out there but every game is on TV anyway so it’s not that big of a deal.

Like others said, pick a game or two you really want to see and buy from a scalper. It’s that simple.

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Dawgstyle

February 17th, 2010
10:12 am

When I graduated from UGA, new alums were given full credit for their contributions the 1st year after graduation and 1/2 credit the next. After that you were on your own…That is a good system. A lot of new graduates can’t afford the contribution that is now required to get access to tickets.

$ Bills

February 17th, 2010
10:19 am

Last year, Adams converted thousands of student tickets to season tickets for another handsome profit for the fabulously rich athletic department. Students were denied tickets to major games while Adams entertained Sonny Perdue and legislators in Roman opulence.

UGA Grad

February 17th, 2010
10:25 am

First year grads are no longer exempt from minimum donations, that was stopped in 2003. I have no problem finding tickets for a reasonable price and I will attend at least two home games and ga/fl for the rest of my life. I will have season tickets eventually and I will make all my donations in my sons name so that he can always have the chance to purchase season tickets. Go Dawgs

Mad Dog

February 17th, 2010
10:35 am

This article is misleading. A donation of $250 will get you a standing room option on the railroad tracks. There is an initial donation of $20,000 or so required to open the door for the yearly donations.

AltamahaDawg

February 17th, 2010
11:26 am

Oh lordy, is it that time of the year again? Poor students unable to get free tickets exactly where they want to sit.

Wasn’t the new ticket system put into place this past year to actually increase the number of tickets getting into the hands of students who wanted to attend games? (and not just sell them as they were doing). The student allocation is spot on, despite the attempts to make everything about Dr. Adams.

dawg fan stuck in GA

February 17th, 2010
11:28 am

Mad Dog – that is wrong. This article is spot on, as far as the contribution amount to be elligible to buy season tickets roughly $4,200 up front last year. not sure what it will be this year, and you will not know until the summer.

Alum

February 17th, 2010
11:35 am

What iss the money contributed to the Hartman Fund used for?

AltamahaDawg

February 17th, 2010
12:47 pm

Cheeseburger and books.

FWIW

February 17th, 2010
12:59 pm

In 2008, the “up-front” fee to get into the Hartman Fund “pool” was $10,000.

Bryan G.

February 17th, 2010
1:11 pm

Okay, those of you bemoaning the donation stuff and the “astronomical” cost of getting season tix are a bit off base.

Only 4 years in the almost 120 years of UGA football have their been more donors than seats available (2004, 2007-2009). Every other year, anyone who donated the minimum got seats.

So, if you donate the minimum and buy the tix, it costs about $1000 a year. And once you’re in – you’re in for as long as you pay the minimum.

Last year the cut off was 4205. This year it’s most assuredly going to be much lower. I graduated in 2003 and first got my seats in 2005. This isn’t some crazy super fancy rich alum boondoggle, people. It’s just that the past couple of years have been anomalies.

Dawg Money Talks!

February 17th, 2010
1:54 pm

To pay for all these big salaries and new, big time facilities, UGA needs to jack up the booster fees even more. Georgia has tons or rich boosters who can easily pay a lot more to the program. To compete with Florida and Alabama, a lot more money will be needed ASAP! Pony up the cash!!!

AltamahaDawg

February 17th, 2010
1:59 pm

Boondoggles are Sooo 2006. There is a czar for this kind of thing now, thank goodness.

UGASlobberknocker

February 17th, 2010
2:20 pm

No mon, no fun

Why should UGA accept less than what the market will bear.? This is America, home of the capitalist

I have season tix and every week there are some available from other ticket holders who may not use all that they have.., and many like me dont scalp them. If I have 2 extra, I wait til I see a Dad with his kid looking for a ticket, then either give them away to him or maybe sell at face value at the highest. Doesnt hurt since I buy them months before. I do this because I want young fans to see the Dawgs..and they will be sitting next to me..I want to pick my neighbors.

Hey, FWIW...

February 17th, 2010
3:02 pm

…you are correct about the 2008 cost to get into the”pool” – however, that was an aberration since that was also the year of high expectations and the pre-season #1 ranking. You saw how, after that crash and burn, the price to get in was down to the $4000 level.

I have no idea where Mad Dog came up with his comment that it still costs $20K to get into the pool – that is a blatant lie and one that is not even close to being true.

And, as someone else said, once you’re in the “pool”, you can maintain the “right” to purchase tickets as long as you make the minimum donation that goes with each area where your seat(s) may be located – anywhere from $175 to $600 per seat, except for the skyboxes, which are substantially more, and really are for the high rollers!!!

student

February 17th, 2010
3:06 pm

Students have to pay for their tickets. $8 for home games and much higher for away tickets. Tickets for Tech last year were $75 for students. Freshmen in 2006 got tickets to only half of the home games, which is absurd.

Will Dawg

February 17th, 2010
3:09 pm

Slobberknocker,
If we had more good fans like you our fanbase would be alot better off.
I hope I run into you when I have a kid coming to Athens with me.

Go Dawgs!!

South Georgia UGA Hick

February 17th, 2010
3:20 pm

Used to walk up to the Gator Bowl with my Dad
and buy tickets at the gate for the GA/FLA. game.
Long, long time ago, before Union sports, greedy
successful (and unsuccessful) NCAA programs.
Now I just walk up to the gate and buy my tickets
to see Valdosta State play, and enjoy the fans and
game a lot more.
What goes around comes around, and it will soon
with this economy.

AltamahaDawg

February 17th, 2010
3:25 pm

I just spend $8 on lunch.

Bryan G.

February 17th, 2010
3:27 pm

lol…you always pick on me, Altamaha. I like the word boondoggle (even though I’m not sure what the heck it is and even though it is, as you put it, passe).

Big Booster

February 17th, 2010
3:35 pm

If you can’t pay the big time money, you need to stay home. UGA is a multi-million dollar organization and needs tons of money to put quality products on the field, and doesn’t need all this low dollar rif raf complaining about increasing booster fees. There are lots of people who will pay $5,000-$10,000 per year to get tickets.