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UGA Football's Scanned Attendance Falls Short Of Tickets Sold

Recent attendance numbers have been a consideration in UGA ramping up its nonconference schedule
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The Univ. of Georgia football program always announces a sellout of 92,746 at Sanford Stadium, but the real attendance figure is "at least a few thousand below that, even for the most high-profile games, and often well below 80,000," according to Seth Emerson of THE ATHLETIC. UGA is on a "streak of 69 consecutive sellouts, set to hit 70 on Saturday against UMass, all with announced crowds of 92,746." But that is "only tickets sold." Scanned attendance from the previous three seasons ('15-17) shows Georgia, along with "most if not all other schools, has its share of no-shows, and even during last year’s run to the national championship game nearly one in 10 fans did not show up." The most tickets used at any game was "less than 85,000, but that still compares favorably to other schools, where attendance remains a real problem." Attendance "is a consideration" in UGA "ramping up its nonconference schedule. The school announced "home-and-home series with Clemson and Texas on Monday, on top of a previously announced home-and-home with UCLA." This year’s nonconference home slate for UGA is the "weakest in memory." Gate numbers for '18 have "not yet been released by UGA, but there is a definite correlation in scanned attendance with the quality of opponents" from '15-17. Lower-tier opponents "drew an average of 68,754 tickets used, including as low as 56,065," while Power-conference matchups "drew an average of 76,942." The highest figure was last year’s South Carolina game, which "drew 84,833" (THEATHLETIC.com, 11/13).

BETTER NOT MISS IT: In Athens, Marc Weiszer notes for the Georgia-Clemson home-and-home series, there are "hefty buyouts in place if either team were to cancel games." The matchups are set for Sept. 15, 2029, and Aug. 31, 2030. It will cost $1M if "cancellation is 24 months or more before the scheduled game" and $1.25M if cancellation is 12-24 months "before the game." If either school cancels "12 months or less before the game," it will cost $1.5M. If one school "cancels multiple games," it would "owe the damages laid out above for each game cancelled." If the second game is "cancelled following the completion of the first game, the damages increase" to $3M (ATHENS BANNER-HERALD, 11/15).