If you could change one thing about the Sanford Stadium experience, what would it be?
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What to do with Sanford Stadium?
We’ve been talking about facilities a lot around here lately. Over on Twitter, Robert Wolfe posed an interesting thought experiment, asking UGA fans what they would do if athletic director Greg McGarity granted them one change to the Sanford Stadium game day experience.
If McGarity granted you one change in your Sanford Stadium experience, what would it be?
— Robert Wolfe (@DawgFan__1980) February 22, 2017
The bathroom situation is an obvious answer. It’s nothing fancy or anything, but, man, those bathrooms are truly disgusting. But as much as those renovations might make the bathroom better once you get into it, the bigger problem is the huge lines that spring up on the concourse, forcing you to wait for 20 minutes and miss a significant portion of the game.
The always insightful @TylerDawgden mentioned the madhouse that is the south side concourse. As someone who usually sits in the stands, I can attest that once you get to your seat, there isn’t much point in moving. The concourse has no overflow space like the north side has and people have to squeeze in and trudge through. It doesn’t help that concessions move incredibly slow in that area as well. Not to mention the hazard that the bottleneck outside the southwest end creates in rush-hour moments right before kickoff as fans pile in.
One thing that came up in Wolfe’s Twitter thread is the piped-in music. A few fans chimed in and said they’d like to have less pumped-in music and more featuring the Redcoats.
This may be a generational thing, but I think the opposite. More contemporary music that students and recruits can get into, less Journey singalongs. That doesn’t mean I want to get rid of the Redcoats or anything. They also play an important role in the game day experience. But the truth is a lot of the best game day experiences in college football these days involve a DJ piping in music. The rest of the crowd feeds off the student section. If students are getting rowdy, everyone else will get rowdy. And the best way to do that is to play the music they like that gets them rowdy.
Just think back to one of the best Georgia game day experiences of all time: the 2007 Auburn blackout. The most memorable moment of that game wasn’t the Redcoats playing “Paint It Black” for the billionth time; it was the whole team dancing to Soulja Boy.
So, what are your thoughts. If McGarity handed you a checkbook and let you make one upgrade to Sanford Stadium, what would it be? Let me know in the comments section.
A look at App State
SB Nation’s Bill Connelly spends the offseason previewing every team in college football. On Tuesday, he previewed Georgia’s first opponent of the 2017 season, Appalachian State. It’s a great read, but don’t do it if you aren’t ready to start sweating the season opener yet. The Mountaineers are tough customers.
— Bill Connelly (@SBN_BillC) February 21, 2017
Diamond Dogs fall to Mercer
The first week of Georgia’s 2017 baseball campaign has not gone swimmingly. The Diamond Dogs went 1-2 in their home stand with College of Charleston last weekend and followed it up with a 6-5 loss to the Mercer Bears on Tuesday. Georgia now is 1-3 on the season. Next up is a three-game series with Georgia Southern in Statesboro starting on Friday.
Bears Rally Past Georgiahttps://t.co/USZnqc8cAM
— Georgia Baseball (@BaseballUGA) February 22, 2017
Kendal Williams wins national, conference honors
UGA track and field star Kendal Williams received a pair of honors after a stellar performance at the Tiger Tuneup in Clemson last week. Williams was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Men’s Athlete of the Week, as well as the SEC Men’s Runner of the Week. He swept the 60-meter dash and the 200 meters with personal-best times in both events last Friday in Clemson.
— Georgia Track&Field (@UGATrack) February 21, 2017
Searching for the above video of the Dawgs dancing to Soulja Boy in the 2007 blackout got me going down a rabbit hole of black jersey reaction videos. Maybe it was a big thing back in the day and I just missed it, but I feel like if Georgia secretly wore black jerseys for the first time like they did back in ’07, reaction videos like these would have gone viral.
Anyway, it’s a bit of a digression, but hey, it’s the offseason. Here are a few of my favorites:
- The stock for Georgia 4-star DE commit Nolan Smith II is skyrocketing (Jeff Sentell, DawgNation)
- With NCAA tournament hopes fading, Mark Fox’s future at UGA again hangs in the balance (Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald)
- Georgia’s Rachel Dickson named SEC Gymnast of the Week (Nicole Saavedra, Athens Banner-Herald)
- Tyreke Johnson drawn to Georgia by family ties and close relationships (Brandon Sudge, Macon Telegraph)
- Kirby Smart says Georgia would like to get more production out of tight ends (Jason Butt, Macon Telegraph)
- Georgia makes top 4 for nation’s top running back (Haisten Willis, Dawg Sports)
- Having open competition at QB good for all parties involved (Anthony Dasher, UGA Sports)
- Malcolm Mitchell ‘ready to move forward’ with another book (Jake Rowe, Dawgs247)
Good dog gets a good leg,
LOOK HOW HAPPY THIS DOG IS AFTER THEY PUT ON HIS PROSTHETIC LEGS ?? pic.twitter.com/QGJjURwahJ
— on her period (@onherperiod) February 21, 2017