The UGA notebook: pricey new seats, fretting the Gators, etc.

Hoping to capitalize on the buzz about Bulldogs basketball, Georgia plans to add 28 premium and pricey courtside seats in Stegeman Coliseum for the 2010-11 season.

The plan is to add 12 sideline courtside seats, six on each side of the radio table, and 16 baseline courtside seats, eight on each side of the basket in a second row behind the existing baseline courtside seats.

The sideline seats will require a $2,500 per seat annual donation to qualify for, and the baseline seats will require a $1,750 per seat annual donation. Potential additional revenue: $58,000 if all of the new seats are sold.

The new  seats will raise the total number of Stegeman’s premium courtside seats from 60 to 88.

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Georgia’s Athletic Association projects that it will bring in $18.76 million from ticket sales in the 2010-11 school year –- a whopping 92.8 percent of that from football.

The association projects football ticket revenue of $17.4 million, not including the donations made just for the right to buy the tickets. (Those donations total another $22.8 million.)

Ticket revenue from all other sports is projected to be $1.36 million, including $800,000 from men’s basketball, $250,000 from gymnastics, $175,000 from baseball and $135,000 from women’s basketball.

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The board of directors of the Georgia Athletic Association completed its two-day meetings Friday on St. Simons Island with a presentation from Steve Holeman, who was hired last month as UGA’s soccer coach after 15 years in the same position at Ole Miss.

Once again, Georgia’s concern about Florida’s recent athletics dominance surfaced during the board’s Q&A session with Holeman.

“In our short time that we have had soccer in this league, who has won the majority of the championships?” athletics director Damon Evans asked.

“Florida,” Holeman answered.

“I knew the answer,” Evans said, “but we need to start changing that. That’s all.”

“It used to be Florida,” Holeman replied.

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Although the Athletic Board approved spending $750,000 on new chairback seats for Foley Field, Evans acknowledged that more substantial improvements might be needed at the baseball stadium.

“We know at some point in time -– don’t know what that time is -– we need to take a hard look at Foley Field,” Evans said. “It’s a facility that is in some eyes dated. This conference has . . . really upgraded baseball facilties. There are some Taj Mahals in this conference in baseball.”

Evans said the new seats would continue to be used if any of various ideas for further changes to Foley Field are implemented later.

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Installing chairback seats at Foley Field is a simple project compared to others currently underway at Georgia athletics facilities -– the expansion of the Butts-Mehre building, the renovation of Stegeman Coliseum and the addition of an entry plaza behind the north stands of Sanford Stadium.

“I don’t know if in the athletic department we’ve ever had this many projects going on at one single time,” Evans said.

At Stegeman, the old concourses have basically been demolished this month. New concourses will be wider and brighter, and the exterior will be transformed by soaring new glass walls. It’s all supposed to be finished by the start of basketball season.

The Butts-Mehre construction, a massive $39.5 million project, is scheduled for completion in late November. After that, six weeks are allotted for installing furniture and equipment, and staff is scheduled to move into the new space in mid-January.

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104 comments Add your comment

dawglasville

May 30th, 2010
1:22 pm

We start the week with referencing our “Gator Envy.” I’ll be glad when this thing flips.

Albert the Alligator

May 30th, 2010
1:30 pm

Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

Dawg Stephen

May 30th, 2010
1:42 pm

Albert, we totally respect what you have done. however, it started with tennis a couple weeks ago. This is 2010…a new decade, a new dawn. Welcome to the age of the dawg. Tennis is the beginning and the reality will set in during late october.

The most intresting man in the world

May 30th, 2010
2:00 pm

I may not watch college football, but when I do “It’s the Georgia Bulldogs” stay thirsty my friends. GO DAWGS

Thirty Points to your Twenty-Four Points

May 30th, 2010
2:07 pm

(((((30-24)))))

beatdowns galore

May 30th, 2010
2:27 pm

Cart before the horse? Fox needs to have significant improvement before UGA starts raisng ticket prices. Why doesnt Evans pose the same question to Saint Richt? Maybe someone needs to ask Damon Evans that same question because the slide is under his watch…….

Sad Richards

May 30th, 2010
2:34 pm

You thinks the dawgs will beat Florida with Boo Boos play calling,a new QB and and a new defense? Pass some of that high powered kool aid my way please !

Sad Richards

May 30th, 2010
2:35 pm

Previous comment was directed to Dawg Stephen !

Dawg Fan

May 30th, 2010
2:48 pm

Notice that the sports that were not mentioned above for generating revenue, actually take away from the bottom line. Gotta love Title 9.

NavySealDawg

May 30th, 2010
2:57 pm

Has anyone heard from St. Simon latley. Last yr he or she was on this site every day before GA-GT game. I kinda miss Susy

Manny

May 30th, 2010
3:03 pm

Georgia has been ranked in the AP pre-seaosn top 15, 8 years in a row.

This will be the first time they’ll start a season unranked in the AP poll.

Yes, it’s THAT bad.

the birdman

May 30th, 2010
3:08 pm

Evans has been focused on the wrong thing–trying to get Georgia out of state exposure. Try spending some money on some assistant coaches, scheduling more in-state against easier competition, less travel for the teams, scheduling easy teams early like Florida does, bring Florida to Georgia after a 2 week bye. How about some common sense?

Riley

May 30th, 2010
3:11 pm

Evans pretty much gave the reason why all the programs are declining: he has too many projects going, he said he couldn’t remember ever having this many projects going at the same time. Sounds like someone who’s overcommitted to low priorities.

bort

May 30th, 2010
3:32 pm

@ Beatdowns-
UGA hoops was sold out of premium courtside seating LAST year. I think there’s enough interest. And the article never mentioned raising prices, just raising more money, which the AA will continue to do.

killerJ

May 30th, 2010
3:43 pm

Way to go wreck!! Regionals in a real town! Thwg!

This is rich

May 30th, 2010
3:45 pm

Put down the Kool-Aid Dawg Stephen.

Albert the Alligator

May 30th, 2010
3:50 pm

Tennis???!!! Did somebody say tennis??!!

Tide Roll

May 30th, 2010
3:52 pm

Evans and adams just talk. Insist that Richt sell his lake house and cut out the talk about being disappointed. Takke action!

Jim

May 30th, 2010
3:55 pm

What a bunch of idiots!

UGA has basketball?

May 30th, 2010
3:58 pm

Yawn… I thought UGA was a gymnastics school.

the real OLD GOLD

May 30th, 2010
3:59 pm

Urban Meyer

May 30th, 2010
4:08 pm

“The best leaders inspire through hard work, example and dedication, when that’s not an option they change jersey’s.”

This too easy!

UGA basketball is the new game in town

May 30th, 2010
4:19 pm

CMF is on track to build, not re build, because we at UGA have never really had a consistently winning basketball team. He is on track.

His first order of busines was to have a few exciting wins at UGA and coach up what he had. Job well done.

In 2010-11, he will need to recruit some new future stars …….on track with that, and take UGA to around 20-10 or maybe 18-11 with one or two surprise SEC tourney wins and a possible NCAA invite. He as all of college sports watching his efforts, as he is quite popular and well known with the TV sportscasters. This last fact is a key.

For 2011-12 ……….he needs to continue the decent recruiting and keeping Georgia HS talent at home and win maybe 21-9 or 20-10, win two in the SEC tourney and possibly go deeply in the Big Dance.

If he achieves this goal ……………he will be enshrined at UGA and he will make some big time $$ and eventually, UGA ( in 4 or 6 years ) might spring for a new BBall arena. If he wants it, he would be ensconced there for ever with this record of achievement.

UGA fans only want to be respectable ………we are not talking KY here ………. UGA grads want to see 21-9 or 20-10 or 22-8 type of seasons with March Madness activity. It is easy to do.
Goooooooooo Dogs.

SEC Rox

May 30th, 2010
4:49 pm

the 2010 Georgia team looks like the 2006 Georgia team. New QB, loss key players, etc.

2006 team lost to Vanderbilt, Kentucky, and Tenn, was at 6-4, then won last 3 games.

2010 Team’s not going to be very good (9-4 best case with a lot of help), but should be excellent in 2011, like the 2007 team.

Mook

May 30th, 2010
4:50 pm

Dam!t

Just win baby

Vast Vinny

May 30th, 2010
4:53 pm

over 90% of the revenue comes from the football program, and if the football program continues to decline in wins, for the 3rd straight year, and go 6-7 or 7-6, Evans will be in trouble.

San Antonio Josey

May 30th, 2010
5:00 pm

Evans needs to figure out why the football program hasn’t won an SEC Championship since 2005? The program is heading downhill fast, and every year, it just gets harder to see how the current leadrs can turn the football program back around. I expect it will get worse again this year, before it gets better.

NOBODYYOUKNOW

May 30th, 2010
5:02 pm

Haven’t seen a game in Athens in 20+ years. It cost to much. I’ll just sit and sip my brewsky in front of my tv set. You see much more and can get a good idea if the refs made a bad call after the play is over. Also love to hear the comments by the so called TV experts.

Okie Dok

May 30th, 2010
5:05 pm

Best way to get exposure is TV, and winning against easy schedules, not out of state games. You can get tons more exposure on TV than travel. How many students are coming to Georgia from Colorado anyway?

Evans should work on lining up a TV deal for Georgia like Notre Dame has.

beatdowns galore

May 30th, 2010
5:16 pm

@ bort… my apologies…poor choice of wording on my part.Ok more premium seats with a pricey price tag. Need more sellouts first which will come by in wins. Dont lose to Wofford in any sport for that matter and even Vandy as well. UGA needs to get with the times and must excel in all sports. The old saying that UGA is a football school is old way of thinking cause UGA sure does struggle with Vandy and other mickey mouse teams.

Clyde

May 30th, 2010
5:22 pm

I think Damon Evans needs to get on the stick !

Irked ERK

May 30th, 2010
5:30 pm

I dont care about improvements to Reed Alley, Stadium Expansions, Black jersey’s, Glass facade’s on the Stegosaurus and erecting statues. I want championships and BCS bowl bids and beating those Gators. Put you damn money where your mouth is Evans !!!!

Tide Roll

May 30th, 2010
5:41 pm

Damon here’s how you turn it around- LT-Sturdivant LG-Glenn C- Burnette RG-Bean Anderson RT- Josh Davis. This is a very similar offensive line that Florida starts, who by the way owns UGA. they don’t have a problem why does UGA? I think we know why don’t we Damon, and you don’t have the guts to put an end to it. Roll Tide. Thanks again for Carpenter and Warmack! Keep ‘em coming Richt. We appreciate it. Roll Tide!

Legend of Len Barker

May 30th, 2010
6:06 pm

Let’s see, basketball’s main support came from the students who really made a difference this year.

So, let’s not reward the students and try to get money out of the people who didn’t come and watch the games last year. I’m not talking about regular fans, but the more costly seats. Goodness, in actuality, they’re taking away student seats with the ones under the basket.

Then again, UGA cared so much about the students last season that for the Tennessee women’s game, they moved part of the section to even worse seats just because they thought they could make about $50 more at the gate.

Truth

May 30th, 2010
6:14 pm

Who cares? Uga is irrelavent in all mens sports. They cannot make it to NCAA tourny, CWS, and can only get to Shreveport. Only true idiot fans will pay big bucks to watch losers.

Delbert D.

May 30th, 2010
6:38 pm

Reward those fans who stuck with the team through thin and thin. Do a lottery with 12 od those fanatics for the 1st year, donated by the football revenue.

NoGaGator

May 30th, 2010
6:58 pm

I believe the majority of UGA fans that respond here would first prioritize becoming relevant again in Football by contending for the SEC title AND starting to win a few from UF. After achieving that, then the focus can be on winning SEC All-Sports.

Evans has a lot of ground to cover to compete with Foley and Adam’s meddling in the program doesn’t help.

Delbert D.

May 30th, 2010
7:19 pm

2010 is the beginning of a new decade.

Nobodyyouknow – Turn off the sound if Bob Davie is on the broadcast.

Clyde – Pres. Adams is having one sharpened just in case.

Irritated Erk – I’d like to see silver helmets, numbers and pants, ’50’s style.

Delbert D.

May 30th, 2010
7:24 pm

Hey, an idea for a great promotion and “psych out the opponent” ploy:

Everybody, including the team, dress in Red and Silver (no stupid gray) in commemoration for the late great ’50s teams for “Show your Butts Day”

Urban Meyer

May 30th, 2010
7:42 pm

Keep your eye on the ball folks, the two most important fundementals for any successful football program are wardrobe and the proper dance moves. And fortunately, Coach Richt has the Bulldog program properly focused on both issues. It’s no coincidence that Coach Richt is heading into his tenth season as the top Dawg and “Dancing with the Stars” is just wrapping up it’s tenth season. Trust Bulldog fans, Georgia is on the brink of greatness, Cha Cha anyone?

mcdaviddawg

May 30th, 2010
7:47 pm

If Georgia once again choses money over support. The plan should be to get the students to the side line. They’ll continue to have hugh area’s on unfilled seats with this kind of plan. And fans wonder why at football and basketball we seem to have less support than other schools. Put the students first and things would improve quickly but no we need the dollars. Georgia actually doesn’t much care about fans or students, and wonders why everything isn’t just great.

Bippity Boppity Boo Boo

May 30th, 2010
7:56 pm

How about more draw plays on 3rd and long to create more Fan Excitement ? ……

harold

May 30th, 2010
7:58 pm

LAUGHTER OUT LOUD. SAVE YOUR MONEY AND GO WATCH A REAL SCHOOL THAT IS COMMITTED TO BASETBALL—–LIKE YOUR LOCAL MIDDLE SCHOOL! GEORGIA IS NOT COMMITTED TO BASKETBALL!

OMG!

May 30th, 2010
8:04 pm

Sure we had some terrific games against UK, UT, and GT but we also foundered against all the rest. We had a losing season and at best win 20 games next year. How does that warrant these prices??? Is this FOOTBALL or is our current coach on Meth???

Lonnie LaiL

May 30th, 2010
8:07 pm

Close of the bridge with more stadium seating and sky boxes so it will help capture more noise when the dawgs are playing Vandy.

boogerbear

May 30th, 2010
8:31 pm

NCAA Directors Cup final rankings under Dooley’s last season in 2003-04 fifth in nation…Under Evans ‘05-seventh, ‘06 ninth, ‘07- twelveth, ‘08 tenth, ‘09 eighteenth, ‘10 twenty-fifth (at this time)

ViningsDawg

May 30th, 2010
8:40 pm

Something has to be done at Foley Field, it maybe the worst stadium in the SEC.

Cindy Hendrix

May 30th, 2010
8:46 pm

to sad richard I can’t wait to see how well UF does without Tebow & Harvin & the others that went to the NFL or graduated not to mention the coaches that left & now you have new assistant coaches like UGA & UB handles losing a few games this year since the gators are so spoiled if they lose more than 3 games & there will be an uproar let’s see how well coach Ub handles it ! as for UGA you will have to wait & see how our new 3-4 defense is it will surprise our oppoents!TG is no Willie Martinez mark it down no more cupcake defense as with WM! let’s not go judging before you see it as always GATA & GO DWAGS SIC EM WOOF WOOF!! Cindy

Someone needs to be clued in

May 30th, 2010
9:00 pm

Florida’s “recent” athletic dominance? Florida just won their 20th SEC All-Sports title in the last 23 years. This is nothing new and not gonna change anythime soon.

Cindy Hendrix,

You probably also said UF will never do anything without Danny Wuerfful, or Rex Grossman or Steve Spurrier and now you’ve moved on to Harvin–13-1 without and Tebow–soon to show your wishing upon a star…

RDR

May 30th, 2010
9:16 pm

Dawgs just may win it all this year. Preseason talk is very similar to the summer of 1980! Go Dawgs!!