UGA reveals tailgating plans for 2020 football season


UGA reveals tailgating plans for 2020 football season

Fans tailgate at the Mary’s Quad before the start of an NCAA college football game between Georgia and Vanderbilt at Sanford Stadium in Athens, GA., Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. [Photo/Joshua L. Jones, Athens Banner-Herald]
Joshua L. Jones

Marc Weiszer @marcweiszer

Georgia fans won’t be able to tailgate on campus at the Bulldogs four home football games this season. Sort of.

The school announced its decision on Tuesday, following in line with other schools in the SEC who have already revealed their plans during the pandemic.

“UGA Athletics reached this decision in accordance with public health guidelines and counsel provided by our own UGA health officials,” the school said in a statement. “It is consistent with the approach taken by other SEC schools, including Alabama, Florida, LSU, Auburn and Ole Miss.”

There is wiggle room for ticketed fans that could total around 21,000.

Georgia says that it realizes fans travel a long way for the games and they will be permitted to “gather near their vehicle with family members or those with whom they traveled and plan to sit with in the stadium. Please remember to maintain 6-feet social distancing and to wear masks when around others who are not part of your group.”

Fans won’t be permitted to set up tents, tables and grills, senior deputy athletic director Josh Brooks said.

Georgia says parking lots on campus will open three hours before kickoff and attendants will require all occupants in the vehicle to have tickets for the game.

“While we strongly encourage individuals and organizations off campus to follow UGA’s lead in taking appropriate measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, enforcement of social gatherings off-campus remains under the jurisdiction of Athens-Clarke County,” the statement said.

UGA athletics thanked “fans in advance for adhering to these necessary, but regrettable, changes. We look forward to resuming our tradition of tailgating when it is safe to do so.”

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