Now the SEC is Overselling

By Ramzy Nasrallah on March 5, 2013 at 12:50p

S-E-C! S-E-C!

The Georgia-Georgia Tech game became one of the most monumental games in Sanford Stadium history, but only 9,451 students showed up out of the approximately 18,000 who bought tickets to come.

“When students don’t show up, it’s an embarrassment,” Ryan Scates, student representative to the Athletic Board, said. “The SEC prides itself on how many people show up.”

Scates said, on average, more than 6,000 student seats go unused at football games. Out of the 17,910 student tickets available, only 11,802 attended games on average since 2009, according to a previous article by The Red & Black.

“Just about every game, that’s the top of the stadium that’s generally empty,” he said. “It’s mainly the lower level and west end zone where most students sit.”

The Athletic Board isn’t cutting available student tickets, but rather available student seats. Instead of 17,910 seats available for students, only 15,856 seats will be open.

However, because the Athletic Board isn’t cutting tickets, student seats will be oversold by approximately 2,800. In the 2012 season, full-season tickets were awarded to 18,645 students, according to a previous article by The Red & Black.

That means if everyone who had tickets came to the game, about 2,800 wouldn’t have seats and overcrowding would become a serious security issue.

Silly Georgia: If there was a way to only get the best fans into the stadium without having to suffer any consequences or tolerate the busts for all three hours, Nick Saban would have already figured out how to do it. #theprocess


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E2Brutus's picture

... and I eagerly await the eventual drunken fight this causes

droessl's picture

I believe you meant drunken fightS. 

faux_maestro's picture

And for catch5 to come in here and scold us for complaining about oversigning.

Your mom told me she wants a Dicken Cidar.

741's picture

Hahaha. Awesome.

steensn's picture

It's like airlines, only in this case you don't get stranded in Chicago O'Hare for 30 hours.

cal3713's picture

So, I guess they don't usually get all the students to show up for the markee home games??  I looked at their schedule for next year, fully expecting them to have a horrible home slate, but they've actually got USCe, LSU, and Florida at home.  You can now add Georgia to my shitty football fan list.  Can you imagine the student sections being at 75% capacity for a top 10 team coming into the Shoe?  Not even K-State (where I got my B.S.) would pull that shit.

harleymanjax's picture

The Florida game is played in Jacksonville every year

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Does this mean UGA students are actually studying for courses? Blasphemy!

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

yrro's picture

Doubt it. My cousin goes there, and from the impression I get it's that the students are too drunk/hungover to walk to the stadium.

MediBuck's picture

I know deep in my heart that they'll somehow find a way to bumble even this. 

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

UrbzRenewal's picture

Ohio State oversells student tickets as well in both south and north block. Nothing new here.

bigbadbuck's picture

Drunken Fights= more good pub for the SEC.....................

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

Chad Peltier's picture

I think the lower turnout at UGA was partly due to a hangover from the 2009 and 2010 seasons (unexpected losses to Bama, UCF, for instance). UGA's fanbase is known for being monumentally pessimistic, and this unfortunately results in students not showing up for games. 

Athens game days are still incredible.