Paul Chambers from AT&T talks about the enhancements made, and where the antennas have been installed in Sanford Stadium.
Aug. 6, 2014
The Georgia Bulldogs will open the 2014 season in a Top 20 battle against Clemson in Sanford Stadium on Saturday, August 30. Here are a few new things the Bulldog Nation can look forward to when attending games 'tween the hedges this season.
A new sound system has been installed to improve sound quality in all areas of the stadium.
The SEC amended its bylaw related to institutionally-controlled sound systems. Under the revised policy, the SEC will permit the use of institutionally-controlled, computerized sound systems (including music), institutionally-controlled artificial noisemakers, and traditional institutional noisemakers at any time, except from the time the offensive center is over the football until the play is whistled dead. We will always respect the collegiate atmosphere and traditions in our efforts to create a great Gameday for all in attendance.
DAS - Telephone Services
Phone carriers have installed a DAS (Distributive Antenna System) which will improve the fans' ability to make phone calls, send text messages and connect to their provider's 4G or LTE network.
Televisions have been upgraded to flat screens in an effort to improve the viewing quality while in line on gamedays.
Additional points of sale have been added in the following locations to serve bottle beverages.
- Field Level
- Section 102
- Section 133
- Section 311
- Section 333
Concessions pricing on some items has been rounded to .00 or .50 in an effort to speed up transactions and shrink time in line.
Additional registers and credit/debit card terminals have been installed throughout all levels of the stadium.
Partnerships with several name-brand vendors add variety to our menus at the following locations inside the stadium:
- Subway Turkey and BMT 6" subs will be sold in stands near sections 105, 118, 128, 140, 143, 208, 218, 228, 228, 234, 304, 316, 328 and 322
- Papa John's Pepperoni and Cheese pizzas will be sold in stands near sections 103, 109, 124, 128, 140, 144, 204, 218, 234, 304, 316 and 322
- Sonny's BBQ sandwiches will be sold in stands near sections 103, 118, 128, 143, 208, 228, 304, 328 and 322
- Herschel's Famous 34 Hamburgers will be in stands near sections 110 and 122
- Chick-fil-A sandwiches will be in stands near sections 105, 224 and 322
- Houston's Peanuts will be available in all stands located throughout Sanford Stadium
Misting Tents/Cooling Stations
Misting tents will be available for fans at Gates 7, 10 and Reed Plaza at the following home games:
- August 30 vs. Clemson
- September 20 vs. Troy
- September 27 vs. Tennessee
- October 4 vs. Vanderbilt
100 Level Concourse
Partitions previously located at the top of each section in the 100 Level have been removed to allow for better sightlines and more light into the concourse area.
Stadium seatbacks will be available for lease as a full season package of $55 until August 30. On gamedays only and subject to availability, seatbacks can be leased for $8 on a single game basis.
Brand new for the 2014 season is the MVP Seatback available for all seats located in the Club Level sections of Sanford Stadium.
Season packages can be ordered www.ugabulldogseats.com or by calling 1-866-910-9293.
On gamedays, fans wanting to lease seatbacks for a single game or season and needing assistance with their seatbacks, can visit any of the customer service locations at Gates 2, 6, 7, 9 and Section 222.
Merchandise Sales Locations
Sanford Shops will feature officially licensed merchandise and be located near Section 101 on field level, Gates 2, 6, 7 and 9 and in Reed Plaza. An additional stand will be located outside the stadium on Sanford Drive Bridge and will be open pregame and postgame.
National Individual and Team Champions
During the Troy game on September 20, UGA Athletic Association will honor all student-athletes and teams that won NCAA and or SEC Championships during the 2013-14 season.
Pregame ceremonies will recognize over 60 student-athletes who earned a NCAA Individual National Championship, Athlete of the Year honor and or was named to an Academic All-America Team for their sport.
During the game, Women's Swimming & Diving will be honored for winning their SEC and NCAA National Championships, Equestrian for winning the 2014 National Championship and Men's Tennis winning the SEC Championship.
50th Anniversary of Coach Vince Dooley's First Team (1964) During the Tennessee game on September 27, UGA Athletic Association will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Coach Vince Dooley's first team from the 1964 season. Recognition will include a halftime ceremony, a commemorative game ticket and 32oz souvenir cup available at concessions stands.
Circle of Honor
During the Vanderbilt game on October 4, UGA Athletic Association will recognize the newest inductees to the Circle of Honor. This class includes former gymnastics coach Suzanne Yoculan, All-America football player and assistant coach Steve Greer and soccer pioneer Stephanie Yarem Ransom.
The Circle of Honor is designed to recognize and pay tribute to extraordinary student-athletes and coaches who by their performance and conduct have brought honor to the university and themselves, and who by their actions have contributed to the tradition of the Georgia Bulldogs. The criteria also stipulate that each recipient has earned his or her academic degree.
Military Appreciation Day
During the Charleston Southern game on November 20, UGA Athletic Association will host our Annual Military Appreciation Day. Lee Greenwood will perform at halftime with the Redcoat Band. During the halftime performance, military personnel that have earned a Purple Heart will line the field. Also, Medal of Honor recipient General James Livingston will be recognized.