UGA Football

UGA season-ticket donation requirement increasing, Sanford Stadium to get home locker room

By Jason Butt

Greg McGarity, Georgia's athletic director.
Greg McGarity, Georgia's athletic director.

Donors can expect to pony up some extra cash if they want to keep their season tickets for the 2017 season.

On Thursday, the University of Georgia Athletic Association’s board of directors approved a 17 percent average increase for donations to the Hartman Fund, which is the priority system for season-ticket holders to pay per seat. The location of the seat will determine how much the donation increase is.

This is the first time since 2005 that the donation cost for season-ticket holders has increased. The board approved this during its quarterly meeting at Greensboro’s Ritz-Carlton Lodge on Lake Oconee.

In addition to a raise in donation costs for season-ticket holders, the board approved a record-budget of $123.1 million for the 2017 fiscal year. That includes $9 million that will go toward facility-related endeavors.

Sanford Stadium is set to receive $1 million in upgrades as there are plans to put in “a new home locker room for the Bulldogs, a space to host and entertain prospects on game day, and improvements to rest room concession areas.”

Plans are in place to aesthetically improve Stegeman Colisuem, which will include a display around the video board. $1.8 million has been set aside for this project.

Georgia also plans to renovate the soccer area at Jack Turner Stadium, where $4.575 million will go toward renovating and replacing the grandstand and press box on the complex’s grounds.

“The purpose of the stadium project is to ask the question, ‘What can we do to maximize our space,’” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said. “That’s what an architect will help us answer. Right now, we have a lot of dreams and ideas for how to use the space and getting an architect on board will allow us to document that.”