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Georgia fans have to pay the price to watch game in Stillwater

JOHN HELSLEY Modified: August 27, 2009 at 9:02 am •  Published: August 27, 2009

/> With Georgia’s allotment gone, there’s word that some fans are buying Cowboys season tickets. Since the Dawgs rarely venture out of the South to play games, the few exceptions create a bowl game-like appeal.

That was the case a year ago, when estimates put anywhere from 15,000 to 30,000 Georgia followers in Sun Devil Stadium for a game against Arizona State.

When the school allotment dried up, Dawgs fans turned to ASU.

"Last year, I bought Arizona State season tickets,” said Josh Moore, an attorney and Bulldog fan in Atlanta. "I’ve been a Georgia Tech season-ticket holder.”

Whatever it takes to follow the Dawgs.

Holder said it’s hard to gauge how many Georgia fans might be holding OSU season tickets.

But priced at $479, and donation free, that might seem cut-rate to the Bulldogs faithful.

"I haven’t heard of as many people going to this game as the Arizona State game,” said Tony Waller, a Georgia fan living in Illinois who will make his way to Stillwater. "But whatever the allotment is, a couple thousand more than that is what I’d expect.

"I think 10,000 would be a very ambitious number, but if it’s 8,000 it wouldn’t surprise me.”

A big game — the Cowboys are ranked No. 9, Georgia is No. 13 — and a foreign territory still promises to intrigue Dawgs fans.

"I’ve never been to a game in the Big 12,” Moore said. "I’ve been through Oklahoma, but never to really experience it.

"I’m looking forward to seeing the town. Heard good things.”

Moore already has tickets through friends at Georgia, so he won’t be contributing to OSU’s mounting season ticket total. While he doesn’t have the donation total to qualify for premium road tickets through UGA, Moore has seen every Bulldogs game, home and away, since 1998.

"It’s expensive,” Moore said. "To me, the fun makes it worth it. If it was enduring losing seasons and no bowl game, I’d have to crunch the numbers.

"But 10 or 12 games a year, where you get together with good friends, good food and liquor, the cost analysis is worth it to me. But it definitely takes some resources.”