(Updated 6 p.m.)
ATHENS – Georgia, which has sold out every home football game the past nine seasons, needs to sell a few hundred more tickets to keep that streak alive next week.
Less than 600 tickets remained available Wednesday for the Bulldogs’ Sept. 4 season opener at Sanford Stadium against Louisiana-Lafayette, UGA associate athletic director Alan Thomas said.
He said those tickets are part of a large block returned by Louisiana-Lafayette, which was contractually entitled to 4,500 tickets for the game. The Ragin’ Cajuns wound up needing only 490 tickets, Thomas said.
Georgia has no tickets currently available to any of its other five home games, and Thomas said he expects the remaining tickets to the Louisiana-Lafayette game to be sold. They are available on-line at georgiadogs.com or by phone at 877-542-1231. The price is $45 apiece.
If the game sells out, that would extend Georgia’s streak of consecutive home sellouts into a 10th season. According to associate athletic director Claude Felton, the Bulldogs have sold out every home game since Mark Richt became coach in 2001 — a streak of 57 consecutive games. The last UGA home game not to sell out, Felton said, was the Nov. 25, 2000, game against Georgia Tech.
Generally, opponents can return unsold tickets from their allotments as late as three weeks before a game. Louisiana-Lafayette’s contract called for the school to receive an allotment of 4,500 tickets to sell, but the Ragin’ Cajuns took only 2,095 of the allotted tickets initially, leaving Georgia with the other 2,405. Then Louisiana-Lafayette returned an additional 1,605 tickets prior to the three-week window allowed in the contract, Thomas said.
When opponents return tickets, Georgia puts them on sale to the general public. It’s possible there will be returns from other opponents this season; Idaho State (Nov. 6) would seem the most likely candidate. But Idaho State’s contract calls for an allotment of 2,500 tickets and so far none have been returned, Thomas said.