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1 hour ago, HawgGoneIt said:

If what the GOAL of the powers that be was, is to make money while shitting all over thousands of hsfb fans and south Georgia families in general to boot...

They certainly scored. 

xD

Don’t blame the Benz - 73,000 is a huge #. They are in the money-making business.

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19 minutes ago, BUFORDGAWOLVES said:

Yeah, screw the greater social good... it’s all about making bank. 

Wonder how much taxpayer funds went into the Benz....

BGW

73,000 soccer fans are happy.  Your social good might not be someone else’s.  And yes, the Benz is in the “making bank” business.

Besides Atlanta WON!  It don’t happen often.

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1 hour ago, HawgGoneIt said:

If what the GOAL of the powers that be was, is to make money while shitting all over thousands of hsfb fans and south Georgia families in general to boot...

They certainly scored. 

xD

Freakin soccer moms!!!!!!!!!!!!

73,000 in Atlanta GA alone! What is wrong with the world today? 

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1 hour ago, Bormio said:

Don’t blame the Benz - 73,000 is a huge #. They are in the money-making business.

Definitely not blaming the stadium. 

I was more wondering along the lines of "the powers that be" portion of the subject header.

The powers that be in this instance were the GHSA. They seem to always be all about whatever seems to be the best for the Atlanta Metro area.

They put small thought into the unique issues this causes the southern part of the state.

In general the people down south of the state are blue collar with less disposable income. The GHSA... and the Benz... MLS... etc. etc, more or less made sure the  Benz would make their bank at the expense of the South Georgia folks. We are having to spend more, close schools etc. in order to use the Benz venue midweek, so that the Benz, MLS etc. could make their bank last night. 

I say the powers that be, did not get it right, if the powers that be is the GHSA in this situation. Again. 

 

Good for the MLS and all though. 

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59 minutes ago, Goldmember said:

The GHSA was not the powers that be in this scenario.

Billionaire Arthur Blank and the most popular sport in the world were the powers that be.

They damned sure were. 

They, the GHSA made the decision early on to move the games to midweek in order to keep the games at the Benz. 

Some committee made the decision without asking the member schools what they thought. They didn't care to get input from down here to help enlighten them on the challenges of a midweek game. The drain on the locals. 

They could have easily made some other decision but they didn't. They knew there could be a chance the date would be unavailable. They simply made a poor decision. Arthur Blank doesn't control where the GHSA plays their games or the dates. He simply says, that date may not be available. The dummies in charge of the GHSA chose to kiss his ass rather than something that made more economic sense for everyone involved. 

 

 

 

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Check this out:

This time, GHSA executive director Robin Hines was insistent on keeping the games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, even if it mean foregoing traditional weekend games. 

"Our membership overwhelmingly wanted to play at the Benz," Hines said. "Going to the schools last year, we lost five TV games to which we were contracted with GPB. We also have sponsors that want to be at the Benz and have that type of exposure. But as much as anything, we want to have a world-class experience for our athletes. It's a big opportunity to play in the best venue in the world, really. It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance for them. If we can provide that for our schools and communities and athletes, we want to do that." 

Not all coaches and fans prefer the Benz, though. Lee County’s Dean Fabrizio, Peach County’s Chad Campbell and Irwin County’s Buddy Nobles, whose teams are back in the finals this year, have expressed their preference for  playing the finals at the schools. That’s a common position, especially those outside of metro Atlanta.  

‘’I am fine with playing at the home stadiums, at least on our level [Class A] and maybe the AA-AAA level,’’ Nobles said. “It is a better atmosphere to me. Some of the big schools may not like it or have the stadium to host a final. Then they may have to find a stadium that can host it. … But it is what it is. If we are there [playing for a championship], then I am happy.’’

At Peach County, Campbell expects attendance to be hurt by playing mid-week. He believes that playing on high school fields is better financially most of the time. 

‘’Ticket prices are $20 for state championships, and then have your fans have to pay a ridiculous amount for parking turns into a lot of money for one to have to pay to play inside Mercedes-Benz,’’ Campbell said. “It’s also better financially for schools and the GHSA to host games rather than pay an astronomical fee to play there. More money could be allocated to the schools who need it more. I know a lot of other coaches feel the same way I do.’’

Campbell also prefers weekend games to maintain his team’s normal practice routine. He said that postponing the games rather than playing them on the original dates at high school stadiums has pushed the games into his school’s week of final exams and EOC testing.

The mid-week games also have prompted Peach County and other schools to cancel a day of classes to students and staff could attend the game. Irwin County is dismissing students at 1:30 p.m. on Monday and won’t have school on Tuesday. Bainbridge schools are closed Tuesday. Lee County is letting students out at noon on Tuesday ahead of an 8 p.m. kickoff that night. Rockmart and Heard County schools and Colquitt County schools are closed Wednesday and Thursday. That’s just a sampling.

But most coaches interviewed indicated that they are either accepting of the plan, or thrilled at the opportunity to play in the state’s grandest football venue for the ultimate reward, a state title.

Warner Robins was among the 12 schools that were slated to play in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium a year ago, only to find their game postponed and farmed out to a high school field the next week. Warner Robins actually got a home game out of it and lost to Rome in the finals. This year, the Demons are back for another shot, this time in the Benz.

‘’We were able to go in and sit down in the stadium before the snow [last year],’’ Warner Robins coach Mike Chastain said. “It’s place that they’ll remember for a lifetime. People that have been in this game and done it, they’d say let’s go play it back in a high school venue, and we had an awesome experience last year, but I think our kids really look forward to going to play in that place. It’s something you fight for. I can remember for as long as I’ve been coaching that I want one day to coach in that game. I think it’s a neat experience, and I’m glad the GHSA decided to keep it there and play it mid-week.’’ 

Warner Robins’ crosstown rival, Northside, is also in the finals this week. Northside coach Kevin Kinsler also had no qualms with the GHSA’s decision.

‘’When all is said and done, kids are playing for a state championship,’’ Kinsler said. “If we have to meet on the practice field Wednesday at 8 o’clock in the morning, they’re OK with it. A mid-week game does present some problems with fans, and I hate that. The community deserves a chance to get there. But there are always things out of our control. We can either complain about it or roll with it. Our focus is on what’s important, and that’s kids getting to play in a state championship game.’’

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Northside coach Kevin Kinsler also had no qualms with the GHSA’s decision.

‘’When all is said and done, kids are playing for a state championship,’’ Kinsler said. “If we have to meet on the practice field Wednesday at 8o’clock in the morning, they’re ok with it.

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