The Good Word

TO: Fans, Friends, and Supporters of Georgia Tech Athletics

FROM: Dan Radakovich, Georgia Tech Director of Athletics

Friday Night on the Flats! I hope you’ve made your plans to be here on Friday night, April 20th, when coach Paul Johnson and the Yellow Jackets will play the 2012 version of our T-Day, rather, T-Night game at Bobby Dodd Stadium. We hope you’ll enjoy this little out-of-the-box idea as we conclude our spring football practice with the Gold vs. White clash under the lights – possibly for the first time ever.

Here’s the skinny directly from our marketing and event planning group:

2012 Georgia Tech Spring Game
Friday Night on the Flats Presented by PNC Bank
Friday, April 20, 2012
Kick-Off Time: 7:45 p.m.

IT’S A FREE EVENT

The Georgia Tech spring football game, which has historically been held on a Saturday, has been moved this spring in an effort to add fun and entertaining elements for all Yellow Jacket fans. Highlights include the following:
• First chance to check out the 2012 Georgia Tech football team
• Pre- and post-game concerts on Callaway Plaza, produced by IMG, Rock 100.5 and 99X.
Pregame Concert – TBA beginning at 6:30
Postgame Concert (Immediately after the fireworks) – Civil Twilight and on-air talent from Rock 100.5 and 99X
• Postgame fireworks display, presented by Atlantic Station.
• 790 The Zone broadcasting live all day from Callaway Plaza.
Barnhart & Durham 10am – 1pm
Archer & Bell 3pm – 7pm
• Wreck Fest
Inflatables for kids.
Appearances by Buzz and The Ramblin’ Wreck.
Great food and refreshments available.
Cheerleaders, dance team and band performances.
• Win some great prizes from the Georgia Tech Athletic Association and IMG. Register to win by clicking here or enter to win on-site at our promotional tables outside Gate 7. Prizes include:
Two tickets to the Georgia Tech vs. Miami game.
Two pregame field passes for the spring game.
Gift cards
Signed Paul Johnson football
• Select-A-Seat Opportunity for 2012 season tickets.

2012 Spring Game Timeline pesented by PNC Bank

Time Event

5:30 pm Amusements, games, tables and concessions open 6:30pm Pregame band takes the stage 7:00 pm BobbyDodd Stadium gates open 7:45 pm Kickoff 9:30 pm Fireworkspresented by Atlantic Station 9:45 pm Civil Twilight concert (70minute set)

This is shaping up to be one of our most fun all-encompassing events in a while. It’ll be great for Tech fans of all ages and we hope to engage lots of GT students who are so important to our athletic program. It’s hard to beat music, games, football and fireworks on a spring night in Atlanta. We hope you’re making plans to be here.

Parking Information
The following parking areas will be available for fans to access Friday, April 20th:

All Day:
Tech Parkway (Free)
A2 – Student Center Lot ($1.50/hr)
A3 – Student Center/CRC Lot ($1.50/hr)
A8 – Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center Deck ($1.50/hr)
Centergy Deck ($2/hr; $12 max/day)

After 3 p.m.:
Upper Level of Student Center Deck (Free)
PLUS All of the lots mentioned above (with corresponding costs)

After 5 p.m.:
A1 – North Avenue (Free)
BD – Burge Deck (Free)
E63 – East O’Keefe (Free)
AMC Lot (Free)
All levels of Student Center Deck (Free)
A6 – 5th Street/Spring ($1.50/hr)
PLUS All of the lots mentioned above (with corresponding costs)
PLUS Atlantic Station shuttle begins operation at 5:30 p.m. and will run through midnight. (Cost of parking TBD)

All parking is first-come, first served and will fill as campus staff/students depart from campus.

McCamish Pavilion Update
All systems are still on schedule for our move into the new McCamish Pavilion in October. We are putting everything in order to start the seating process, so in the coming weeks you’ll be receiving information on your selection order and time in which you can select your seats. We hope by the end of April to have everything in order to begin that process. In preparation, it is always a good idea to review the information available on our fully-packed web site at www.gtmcamishpavilion.com.

GT Post Graduates Shine at ACC Meetings
I am just back from ACC meetings in Greensboro this week where the highlight was the Annual Postgraduate Scholarship Luncheon. I want to send my congratulations again to Heidi Hatteberg, Christina Ngo, James White and Kate Kuzma – four Georgia Tech student-athletes who attained this great honor.

We were very busy at this meeting preparing for the addition of Pittsburgh and Syracuse into the ACC, which we hope will occur in August of 2013. While there is nothing definitive on this timing, we are moving swiftly to put plans in place in the event things come together for the official move at that time.

Spring Sport Updates
Golf
Following a second-place finish at last weekend’s Gary Koch Invitational, Tech is preparing to defend its Atlantic Coast Conference Championship next weekend (Apr. 20-22) at the Old North State Club in New London, N.C. The Yellow Jackets have won the last three ACC Championships and five of the last six. All-American James White, ranked 13th in the nation, has finished in the top 10 in five of his last six starts and is among the finalists for the Ben Hogan Award and the Byron Nelson Award. Freshman Anders Albertson, who was four top-10 finishes, is ranked 29th nationally.

Men’s Tennis
Georgia Tech completes its regular season this weekend with a pair of important Atlantic Coast Conference matches Friday at NC State (17-8, 3-6 ACC) and Wake Forest (11-13, 2-7). Tech came out of the weekend action in sixth place in the ACC standings after a split their final two home matches of the season last weekend – a 5-2 win over Virginia Tech and a 6-1 loss to No. 2 Virginia. All-American Kevin King remains one of the nation’s best singles players, ranked 21st, while King and Juan Spir are ranked 2nd nationally in doubles.

Baseball
Head Coach Danny Hall and the Yellow Jackets are on the road for seven of the next eight games, with critical ACC weekends, back-to-back, at Wake Forest and North Carolina. Tech has been hit hard on the injury front, but the team is 20-14 overall and fighting to stay in the thick of the brutally-tough ACC race. Be sure to mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 24th at 7 p.m.as the Jackets take on Georgia at Turner Field in the annual Kauffman Tire Spring Baseball Classic for Kids. Tickets are $12 and proceeds from the event benefit the pediatric research of the Children’s Neurosciences Program. For more information on the game versus the Bulldogs at Turner Field, and to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.choa.org/Support-Childrens/Events/Spring-Classic-for-Kids

Women’s Tennis
Our women’s tennis team, ranked No. 25, will wrap up its regular season with a pair of home matches this weekend at the Bill Moore Tennis Center. The Yellow Jackets will host NC State at noon Saturday and Wake Forest at noon Sunday. Also on Sunday, we will recognize four outstanding seniors as they play their final home match. The weather is supposed to be great so we hope you can come out and support these ladies for all they have accomplished at Georgia Tech.

Softball
Our softball team has been hot as of late winning its last 11 games including two sweeps of ACC foes NC State and Maryland. The Yellow Jackets will face their toughest test of the season on the road against some tough opponents in the next week. First the Jackets will face off against No. 22 Florida State in a televised series. The Sunday doubleheader can be seen on ESPN3 beginning at Noon while Monday Night’s 7 p.m. game will be shown live on ESPNU. The Jackets continue their road stretch on Wednesday, April 18 at No. 11 Georgia followed by a trip to Chapel Hill to face off with No. 24 North Carolina. All of the softball team’s games will be broadcast live on RamblinWreck.com so make sure you tune in!

Track and Field
The men’s and women’s track and field teams are on a brief hiatus before returning to action in the 2012 ACC Outdoor Championships to be hosted by the University of Virginia in Charlottesville from April 19-21. The Jackets have competed each weekend since the Outdoor Season began on March 17 and have seen a lot of success including a couple school records by pole vaulting freshman Nikita Kirillov (5.45m – 17 ft 10.5 inches) and senior D.J. McMillan in the 10,000m run. McMillan broke a 17-year old record set in 1995 by Kevin Graham with a time of 29:22.45.

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