The Good Word - Special Football Ticket Edition

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

FROM: Dan Radakovich, Georgia Tech Director of Athletics

Greetings Tech fans! Today in The Good Word I am going to lay out some very important information in regard to our football ticketing process in the coming weeks that I’m sure you will find useful.

21,701 SEASON TICKETS SOLD
First, I want to thank all of you who have renewed your tickets for the 2009 season. The response has been encouraging and our total season ticket sales are at 21,701 as I write you today. This number is getting very near the 23,950 season tickets we sold for the 2008 season.

Most positive is the fact that we are seeing these numbers at or near the time we specified as our renewal deadline. Also encouraging is the fact that of the current number sold, 1,376 seats have been sold to new season ticket purchasers. But, there is much left to be done, and that is why I am personally communicating with you in this important edition of the Good Word.

NON-RENEWED TICKETS IN JEOPARDY
At this time, we are making every effort possible to reach those fans that have not yet renewed their tickets. Our message to those folks is that the deadline has passed, and very shortly we will begin our re-location process. Any tickets not renewed by next Monday, April 20, will be subject to return to the sales or re-location pool. In short, if you have not communicated with us by that time, there is a good chance you will lose those seats.

SINGLE GAME (INCLUDING UGA) AND AWAY GAME TICKETS
The next important piece of information concerns the mailing of our “single game and away game order forms.” This is a mailing that will go out to all season-ticket holders giving you an opportunity to request additional single game seats for our home games (including the Georgia game). Additionally, you can request to purchase tickets to our road games using this form. Because our ticket sales remain brisk, we will not mail this form until sometime around May 15th. It will also be available online at that time and can be completed electronically. As usual, these requests will be processed using your A-T priority points for both availability and seat location. Timeliness is also important as single game orders received after June 15th will be processed on a “best seat available” basis.

As a reminder of our new policy regarding tickets to the Tech-Georgia game, don’t forget that ONLY Georgia Tech season tickets holders will be given the opportunity to purchase additional single game tickets for this rivalry game. We have established a formula for calculating the quantity of additional Georgia game tickets you may request. Click here to see the calculation chart. This chart will also be included on the May 15 request form.

SINGLE GAME PRICES
Once we have received your completed form, it will be placed in the seat allocation process which takes place in mid-June. You will receive confirmation of purchase and seat location in early July. Single game ticket prices for the 2009 season have been established as well. Jacksonville State tickets are priced at $25, the four ACC contests — Clemson, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest — are priced at $50 each and the Georgia ticket is $75.

SEASON TICKET PRICE CHANGES MAY 15
There is one other important note. Beginning May 15, the current season ticket price of $260 will increase to $275 for all season purchases. This amount remains $25 below the face value cost of the six individual game tickets — still a great bargain. And those of you who are considering purchasing new or additional season tickets can grab the $260 price up until May 15th — a full $40 reduction from the single game prices.

JACKETS NEST FOR RECENT GRADS
There is one other initiative that I am rolling out today for the first time. Some of you may be aware that last year we created a block of seats in the north end zone called the “Jackets Nest.” It was a reduced priced season ticket designed to entice fans to come out and get a taste of Georgia Tech football as a season ticket holder. This year we have a limited number of these Jackets Nest seats available for only $180. We are offering these seats only to recent Georgia Tech graduates — those individuals who graduated from the Institute within the last three years. If you are in this population, we encourage you to contact our ticket office and take advantage of this amazing deal. We want you to get hooked on Georgia Tech football for years to come.

Friends and fans, I can’t thank you enough for your show of support for the direction of our football program. Even in this tough economy, most of you are finding a way to stay with us and support this exciting new-look Georgia Tech football program. I am confident that Coach Paul Johnson, his staff and our student-athletes, who continue to be a cut above, will give you all of the thrills and excitement you desire in 2009.

T-DAY GAME IS SATURDAY AT NOON
I hope you’ll come out Saturday for a sneak preview of what’s ahead. Our annual T-Day Spring football game kicks off at noon at Bobby Dodd Stadium. We have pre-game festivities — music, food, merchandise, inflatables, games, face-painting and the like beginning at 10 a.m. on Callaway Plaza. The marching band, cheerleaders, Buzz and The Ramblin’ Wreck will all be part of the game-day activities. Admission and parking are free, so bring the family and come on down. Click here for more details.

SPORT SUMMARIES
Baseball Danny Hall’s Yellow Jackets, ranked 10th nationally, knocked off arch-rival and No. 1-ranked Georgia, 11-6 last Tuesday in Athens. Tech travels to Wake Forest for at three-game series beginning Friday.

Women’s Tennis — The seventh-ranked Yellow Jackets open play at the 2009 ACC Tournament Friday at noon against either Florida State or NC State at the Cary (N.C.) Tennis Center. Amanda McDowell, Irina Flaconi and Noelle Hickey were all named to the All-ACC Team.

Golf — The sixth-ranked golf team, coming off a third-place finish at the United States Collegiate Championship, heads to New London, N.C., this week to compete in the April 17-19 ACC Championship. Tech finished fourth in the event last year after sharing the title in 2006 and 2007. Tech senior Cameron Tringale is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and is a semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award.

Men’s Basketball — Completed its recruiting class Wednesday when 6-9 post player Derrick Favors signed a letter-of-intent to play at Georgia Tech. Tech will have five incoming freshmen on its team next year, including point guard Mfon Ufofia from Stone Mountain, Ga., wing guard Glen Rice, Jr., of Marietta, Ga., forward Kammeon Holsey of Sparta, Ga., and wing guard Brian Oliver of New Castle, Del.

Softball — Ranked 21st nationally, the Yellow Jackets play a three-game series at Virginia this weekend. Tech is looking to win its fifth straight ACC series to begin the season and eighth in a row dating back to last year.

Men’s Tennis — The men’s tennis team fell to NC State, 4-1, in the first round of the ACC Championships Thursday in Cary, N.C. The Jackets (10-11) will now wait to see if they receive an NCAA At-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Sophomore Guillermo Gomez was named to the All-ACC tennis team Thursday morning, and has a 28-9 record on the year.

Track & Field — The Tech and women’s track & field teams will compete at the 2009 ACC Outdoor Championships, today through Saturday, in Coral Gables, Fla. The Jackets have 18 athletes with top-five performances in the ACC, while leading the conference in two of them (men’s high jump, men’s 4x400m relay). Seven of the men have qualified for the NCAA East Regionals, while seven women have punched their tickets to the meet.

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