The Good Word

Aug. 21, 2008

Current Edition: Issue No. 60, August 21, 2008

August 21, 2008

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

FROM: Dan Radakovich, Georgia Tech Director of Athletics

Greetings Yellow Jacket fans. It’s almost showtime! We’ll call this Good Word the “almost everything you need to know” about football season and good times on The Flats in the coming weeks. I’ll do my best to give you some straight scoop on some topics that will come in handy this week and beyond and ways you can best enjoy Tech football this season. I’ll also spice it up with some news and notes from around the department.

Traffic Information
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Parking Information
Season permits have been sent out by Click and Park for the 2008 season. If you have not received your permit from the e-mail address support@clickandpark.com , please e-mail Parking@athletics.gatech.edu. Parking information can be viewed at www.ramblinwreck.com by clicking on the parking link. Permits can be purchased through www.ramblinwreck.com as well.

Parking lots will be available starting at 5pm for the Thursday night game against Jacksonville State.

New Fan Assist Program
If you encounter a serious or significant issue in Bobby Dodd Stadium while attending a game this year, the first resource should be find an usher or security personnel located throughout the stadium. If, however, you can’t immediately locate a member of the event staff in your section you can get help by accessing our Fan Assist Hot Line. You can either call or send a text message to 678-429-1413 to inform our Fan Assist Representative of the issue. We urge our fans to restrict their calls to concerns related to serious matters such as a medical emergency or disruptive fan behavior. Our Fan Assist Representative will assess the issue and dispatch the appropriate personnel (EMT or Security) to provide assistance.

Game Night Entertainment
This first game will be chock full of the entertainment and activity you have come to expect with Thursday football games under the lights. Wreckfest, our fan interactive area on Fowler street, opens at 5pm. Catch 790 the Zone’s Ryan Stewart hosting a tailgate party open to the public atop Peter’s Parking Deck. In addition, 790’s “Afternoon Saloon” show broadcasts live from The plaza at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Wreckfest features bounce houses for the kids, face painters, games, prizes, shopping, music and more.

At 5:15 p.m. the team buses arrive and our coaches and players file down Yellow Jacket Alley to the stadium. Students will unveil their official 2008 football season t-shirt in a united student section gold out. The official shirt was designed and voted on by students themselves in the spring. You can also enjoy fireworks during the National Anthem and at various points throughout the game. And be sure to stay in your seat at halftime as the Jacksonville State Marching Southerners band and the Georgia Tech Marching Band will perform back to back.

Game Coverage (Just in case you can’t make it to the game)
Obviously, we want you to join us at Bobby Dodd Stadium Thursday night. The beginning of the Paul Johnson era, under the lights, should be a very special evening.

However, we understand that some of our fans can not make it to Atlanta for the game, and we want to make sure you can follow the game live. Here are a few options:

ESPN360.com – You can watch and listen to the game live via this website at no charge, but there is a catch – not all internet providers are compatible with ESPN360.com. If you click on this website, you can determine if your internet service provider carries ESPN360.

On The Radio – The Georgia Tech/ISP Radio Network will, of course, be broadcasting the game. Wes Durham (play-by-play), Rick Strom (color) and announce team newcomer Jeff Woolverton (sidelines) will call the action. To find a complete list of affiliates near you, click here.

Radio Broadcast via RamblinWreck.com — If you do not live near one of our radio affiliates, you can listen to the radio broadcast of the game on our website. There is a fee for this – a monthly fee and a yearly fee (the yearly fee will allow you to listen to future games and radio shows).

Live Statistics — The Gametracker feature on our website provides the latest team and individual statistics, a play-by-play, scores from other games across the country and more. You can connect to Gametracker at no charge by going to the front page of RamblinWreck.com, scrolling down to the Event Calendar, and clicking on the GT next to the listing of Jacksonville State.

Game Day Recycling
Georgia Tech will be expanding our “Game-Day” recycling program this football season, which begins on Thursday August 28 vs. Jacksonville State. GTAA has been working closely with numerous campus stakeholders and its vendors to initiate this program. In addition to focusing on the most populated tailgating areas around campus, this year we will be introducing in-stadium recycling. Student volunteers will be handing out blue recycling bags to tailgaters. Please assist our student volunteers by using these blue bags for your aluminum, plastic and glass containers. Please do not place other waste in these bags. Your participation in expanding our campus-wide sustainability efforts, recycling programs and keeping our campus beautiful is greatly appreciated.

No Smoking at Bobby Dodd
Please be aware that Georgia law prohibits all smoking within Bobby Dodd Stadium. The Georgia statute prohibits smoking in any public building defined as any building owned or operated by the State of Georgia.

ACC Honor Roll
Five All-Americans, including tennis players Amanda McDowell and Kristi Miller, volleyball player Ulrike Stegemann, track national champion Shantia Moss, diver Stephanie England and golfer Cameron Tringale, highlight a list of 151 Georgia Tech student-athletes honored in the 2007-08 Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll.

To be considered, an athlete must maintain a 3.0 GPA for the entire academic year.

Go to our website to see a complete list of these student-athletes.

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