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Post Dawgs and Georgia Tech to open the 2011 season?

Wednesday October 7, 2009

That was the report according to Chuck Dowdle of WSB-TV yesterday. (Dowdle is also involved with the football radio broadcast team and the Mark Richt television show.)

According to reports, the Dawgs and Jackets have at least talked about playing in the 2011 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome. Both Mark Richt and Paul Johnson have expressed displeasure over the kickoff game giving other programs a prime showcase in the state of Georgia, so this might be the solution to give the hometown teams a little satisfaction.

Since the game would be in 2011, it would take the place of Tech’s home game in the series. Georgia would not be giving up a home game in order to play at the Dome. I’m getting ahead of myself, but I wonder if the game would be ticketed as a Tech home game or if it would continue to be sold as a neutral site game.

Anyway, what would you think about the game being moved to the start of the season and to the Dome?

UPDATE: Marc Weiszer of the ABH has more information including comments from Damon Evans. Evans confirms a “few talks” about the possibility of playing Tech at the Dome to open the 2011 season, but he stresses that “there’s nothing definitive about doing that right now.” A lot has to happen for this game to take place. For starters, Georgia would have to do some scheduling gymnastics with the Louisville game that’s currently slated as the 2011 opener. On top of that, we haven’t heard from the Tech side of things, and I can’t imagine how excited their fans would be about giving up a home game in order to fit that many more Georgia fans in the Dome.

6 Responses to 'Dawgs and Georgia Tech to open the 2011 season?'

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  • I actually would not mind it. When the game is played in Athens, I never seem to make it back from Thanksgiving in time to go. Besides, it would be nice remind Tech fans throughout the season who the better team is.

  • Not that it matters, but the only difference in ticketing will be how Georgia fans get those tickets. They don’t sell out their 50K seat stadium. No way Tech comes close to selling this out. It’ll be like a neutral game, at worse, for Georgia.

  • Ever since I saw the first Chick-fil-A Kickoff game I’ve wanted UGA in it. It’s a great game to start the season that gets great press for the teams showcased there. Go Dawgs.

  • I like playing Teechh late in the year to put the puntuation mark defeat on their annually crappy season.But if they want to get their ass-whoopin over with early,I guess that’s ok too.

  • My understanding that that Tech didn’t want the GA dome because they knew they would loose the advantage of the home crowd. I would love this but would be shocked if GT would go for it.

  • I think it’s great. Then, the Dawg defense will have all offseason to prep for that option attack. Hopefully then they will figure out how to play assignment defense at full speed. As inept as you think this coaching staff may be, I bet they could get a unit up to speed on how to correctly play the option over 8 months.