The Good Word

May 17, 2007

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

FROM: Dan Radakovich, Georgia Tech Director of Athletics

Our baseball team hosts a huge series with third-ranked Florida State, beginning tonight at Russ Chandler Stadium. Games are 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday – please note that Saturday’s 4 p.m. start is a change from earlier published schedules. These three games will go a long way toward determining our post-season fate, so please come out and support Danny Hall’s team.

We’ll have a special presentation at tonight’s game as we honor former Tech all-America and Major League All-Star Kevin Brown. Kevin is being inducted into the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame this weekend in his hometown of Macon. Congratulations to Kevin for this tremendous honor and for an outstanding career. It’s great to have him back at Russ Chandler Stadium tonight.

NCAA GOLF REGIONAL

Our golf team is hosting the NCAA East Regional, Thursday through Saturday at The Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta. This is a beautiful, fan-friendly course and admission is free, so I encourage you to go out and support our team. Congratulations to Bruce Heppler and his squad for winning a share of the ACC title for the second straight year. Click here for more information on the NCAA East Regional, including directions to The Golf Club of Georgia.

WOMEN’S TENNIS IN NCAA SWEET 16

Our women’s tennis team is off to a great start in the NCAA Tournament after pitching two shutouts in last weekend’s regional here at Tech. Thanks to everyone who came out to the regional matches. Now things really get serious with the NCAA Round of 16 in Athens. Tech, the No. 3 seed, faces Fresno State Friday at 3 p.m. If we advance, we would play again Sunday at 3 p.m., against either Notre Dame or North Carolina, with the semifinals (a potential matchup with Georgia if both teams advance that far) scheduled for Monday and the national championship finals on Tuesday, all in Athens.

Following the team competition, the individual singles and doubles championships take place next week. Tech has two singles players and two doubles teams qualified, including junior all-America Kristi Miller, who is the No. 6 seed in the singles draw and No. 3 in doubles with partner Whitney McCray.

Click here for tickets, directions and other information on the NCAA Tennis Championships.

FOOTBALL PARKING

Within the next few days, football season ticket holders, with the exception of Life Members and suite and club seat customers (who will receive a separate communication), will be receiving information about parking for the 2007 season. All season ticket holders, regardless of location or giving level, have the opportunity to purchase season parking in one of several locations, with assignments based on A-T priority points. The brochure outlines the procedures for requesting season parking by the July 1 deadline.

Information and on-line registration is available by clicking here.

This is more than just a parking space. We have tried to design a comprehensive plan for customer service that will provide our fans with easier access to the most convenient lots; improved entrance, egress and overall traffic flow; professional staffing and security for all lots before, during and after games; shuttle service to perimeter lots; and an improved game day atmosphere, with an emphasis on tailgating. The cost for season parking is $150.00 per space.

I’d like to stress a couple of points that should make this plan very beneficial to our loyal season ticket holders. Parking lots will not be oversold. All parking lots will be undersold, so that you are guaranteed a spot for every game in the lot that you purchase, regardless of arrival time. Season ticket lots will not be available to visiting fans.

There is also a new plan for RV parking with a dedicated lot set aside at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. The brochure will also offer the opportunity to fans to purchase a season RV parking space for $500.

Following the allocation of season parking, additional single-game parking passes will be available for purchase beginning in August.

As with the implementation of the TECH Fund, we understand that this represents a change in the way things have been done. We feel strongly that not only is this plan necessary as we move forward, but that it will ultimately be an improvement and a benefit for you, our supporters and season ticket holders. As always, we welcome your feedback on this and any other issues at goodword@athletics.gatech.edu

NCAA SOFTBALL REGIONAL

Sharon Perkins’ softball squad is enjoying a record-setting season with 53 victories and an ACC-record 94 home runs. They have a very tough draw, however, in the NCAA Gainesville Regional, facing Texas in the first round and then potentially Florida. Tech opens the double-elimination regional Friday at 3:30 p.m. against the Longhorns.

TRACK & FIELD

After hosting a very successful meet here last weekend, our men’s and women’s track and field teams have 22 athletes in 23 different events qualified for NCAA Regionals, which take place next weekend at Gainesville, Fla.

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