Georgia fans rush to buy Music City tickets

ATHENS, Ga. --- While some irate Georgia fans were venting about a boycott of the Music City Bowl, others were in a rush to buy tickets.

Georgia associate athletics director for ticket operations Freddy Jones said Monday's response from fans "went way beyond my expectations.''

Jones said demands on his ticket office were so great that a fax machine from another office had to be borrowed.

"Phones have been ringing off the hook and faxes have been flowing all day,'' Jones said.

Georgia learned Sunday it will play Boston College in the Dec. 28 Music City Bowl in Nashville.

Georgia expected a more prestigious bowl trip. It was pushed down in the bowl pecking order after Tennessee dropped out of the BCS with its loss to LSU in Saturday night's SEC championship game.

"As we look back on this whole year, it has got to be one of the most unusual years that has ever happened from the standpoint of teams that were supposed to be certain places and teams that were supposed to win championships,'' said Georgia athletics director Vince Dooley.

Based on comments on the Dawgvent internet posting board, Georgia fans were upset with the Outback Bowl for choosing South Carolina, with the Cotton Bowl for selecting Arkansas and with the Southeastern Conference office and Commissioner Roy Kramer for not lobbying harder to place the 16th-ranked Georgia team in a better bowl.

Georgia fans were especially peeved that the 8-3 Bulldogs fell below 7-4 Arkansas, a team Georgia beat, in the bowl order. The Cotton Bowl stayed with its tradition of selecting a Western Division team, especially this year when some fans are wary of air travel.

More than one angry venter suggested Georgia should have turned down the bowl bid to Nashville, a newer bowl on the lower end ($750,000) of the payout scale for teams.

"The Georgia folks probably feel there is some injustice, but on the other hand this is our program and there are positives (with the Music City Bowl),'' Jones said. "It is a drivable game and (Adelphia Stadium) is a first-class stadium. We always travel well to the Vanderbilt game.''

Georgia was given 12,000 tickets, and based on Monday's strong response, Jones termed that number "our initial allotment.''

Jones said that a strong turnout by Georgia fans will work in Georgia's favor the next time bowl committees are considering the Bulldogs.

This year the Outback Bowl, for example, apparently concluded that South Carolina would bring more fans to Tampa than would Georgia. Rather than choose Georgia, the Outback scheduled a rare rematch between the Gamecocks and Ohio State, who also played in Tampa last year.

Jones urged Georgia fans to purchase their tickets through the Georgia ticket office. "We've got good location (in Adelphia Stadium) and it shows up on our support chart,'' Jones said.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the ticket office at (706) 542-1231.

Lower level seats are $40, club seats are $60 and a limited number of upper level seats at $25 are still available.

There is no limit on the number of tickets that may be ordered. Tickets also may be purchased through Ticketmaster. More information about the bowl and tickets is available at

Adelphia Stadium's capacity is 67,000, and last year's attendance for a West Virginia-Mississippi game was only 47,200. Two years ago, a Syracuse-Kentucky game drew 59,221.

Only the first Music City Bowl in 1998 — a Virginia Tech win over Alabama at Vanderbilt Stadium — was a sellout.

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