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Packed house

July 20, 2003

Athens, Ga.-- For the third consecutive year the University of Georgia Athletic Association has set yet another record in season ticket sales with approximately 55,000 sold.

 But despite the addition of approximately 5,500 seats which will be ready for the 2003 season, Georgia Associate Athletic Director for Ticket Operations Freddy Jones said Friday that his office will soon mail refunds for more than 4,000 tickets. "Obviously winning the SEC championship last season had an immediate and trememdously positive impact on our sales for the coming year," Jones said.

"The entire Bulldog Nation is excited about the job Mark Richt has done in Athens , and I think all Georgia fans realize we have one of the best coaches in the country."

The championship season resulted in more than 2,000 new contributors for 2003, and Jones added that all renewable season ticket orders were filled. Unfortunately, though, the cumulative score cutoff for those ordering non-renewable season tickets was 1,201 which also meant that all alumni and regular season holders who did not contribute were refunded.

The demand for faculty season tickets was also at an all-time high Jones added. All faculty members who ordered faculty season tickets will receive their allotment, but all extra regular-priced tickets ordered by the faculty will be refunded. "We are obviously proud of the response from the Georgia people," Jones said.

"But at the same time we are extremely disappointed for those who will receive refunds. We did everything possible to help as many patrons as possible, but we simply ran out of tickets. We were hoping that the additional seats for this season would take care of all of our fans, but once again the Georgia people have proven they are the best fans in college football.

"We will try to process the refunds as soon as possible," said Jones. "However, we felt that we needed to notify those who will be refunded immediately so they can make other plans."

Posted by kevin.mcdermond@walb.com

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