Bulldogs vs. Mercer - Dec. 18
Nov. 30, 2012
ATHENS ----- Nearly 4,000 Athens-area schoolkids will be among the special invitees at Georgia's Dec. 18 basketball game against Mercer. Additionally, the Bulldogs are offering their version of a "businessfan's special" for that contest, which will tip off at the unusual hour of 11:30 a.m.
The University of Georgia and the UGA Athletic Association are joining hands with the Clarke County Schools to welcome all of its students in grades 2-5 at the Mercer game on Tuesday, Dec. 18. That means that over 3,900 school-age children, in addition to school administrators, teachers, support staff and chaperones will crank the turnstiles that day at Stegeman Coliseum.
"In an era when games are played at all different times to accommodate TV, we are playing an early game for the the kids of our community," said Bulldog head coach Mark Fox. "I want to thank Coach (Bob) Hoffman and Mercer for agreeing to the early start so the kids of our community can have this experience. It will be great exposure for those young people to be on a college campus and to see the game."
The Athletic Association will provide a ticket to the game and lunch to each of the kids. The popular entertainment act Simon Sez will perform at halftime of the game.
"The UGA Athletic Department has long been a supporter of the Clarke County School District, and providing our students an opportunity to support the Bulldogs at Stegeman Coliseum is a unique and enriching experience," said Dr. Philip Lanoue, Superintendent of the Clarke County Schools. "I can hardly think of a better way for our students to celebrate their hard work at the end of the semester. From donating bicycles to literacy programs to student-athletes serving as mentors, we look forward to continued partnerships with UGA Athletics."
Adult fans are encouraged to "dine in" with the Dogs at this rare daytime contest. All tickets are $5 and available for purchase now, either at www.georgiadogs.com or by calling 1-877-542-1231, and also beginning at 10:30 a.m. on the day of the game at the Coliseum ticket windows. Hot dogs will be discounted to $1 at concession stands throughout the Coliseum. Because school buses will occupy the surface parking lot below Stegeman Coliseum, spectator parking will be available in both the South Campus and Carlton Street decks.
The Bulldogs and Bears will tangle for the 77th time in their history, which dates to the 1907 season. Georgia owns a 53-23 lead in the series, including a 72-58 victory in Athens on Dec. 20 of last year.