Well, it’s finally here. After suffering without college football for nearly eight full months, we’re back in the swing of things tonight when your Georgia State Panthers hit the field at the Georgia Dome.
Man, that just sounds good.
With the time near, we thought this would be a good point to toss out a few reminders and let you know of a few things you can expect to see this season (either tonight, or during the year). So, here we go:
Gameday Info/Parking – If you haven’t seen it already, there’s a big hole in the ground next to the Georgia Dome that’s causing some consternation with fans looking for parking and the best ways to get to the game. Check out our fan information video at the top of this page, or look at the maps and construction updates on our Gameday Central page here. If you still have questions, feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org on gameday and we’ll see if we can find an answer quickly.
Tickets/Box Office Hours – You can still buy tickets at the Sports Arena on Wednesday before the game from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is typically not open on game days, but most games days are Saturdays. This time, we’ll keep it up before the ticket staff moves to the Dome to open there three hours before kickoff. Tickets start at $12 for GA seats.
Social Media - If you are at the Dome tonight, send us your pics and thoughts not just about the game, but also about the presentation, setup, parking concerns, etc. Any feedback you think will help us get better is welcome. Tweet us @GSUPanthers and we might retweet it. If you have a question, we’ll do our best to answer it in a timely manner.
Alumni Association Tailgate – I wouldn’t miss this one tonight. About 5:45 p.m., President Mark Becker and new AD Charlie Cobb will address the alumni on the West Plaza. The Alumni Association will only hold three tailgates this year and this one should kick things off the right way.
Sideline Gear – We’ve heard from a number of people (and we know our preferences too as fans). You want sideline gear. We’re pushing for it too. Our marketing department has worked with the bookstore and our understanding is that it will have actual coaches sideline gear available. If you have chance to stop in the bookstore before the game and see some of the new items, tweet us a pic @GSUPanthers. We are also working to get the gear at the bookstore’s space in the Dome on game days, but it is not confirmed for the first game yet.
TV vs. Internet Live Stream - Tonight’s game is on ESPNU. We know that, and we know the next two games will be on ESPN3. Every game this year (like last season) should be on ESPN3, per the Sun Belt office. New this year is the fact that ESPN3 will not be blacked out. Now, the difference is that tonight, it will not be on ESPN3 and instead will be on Watch ESPN. Yes, it’s still somewhat difficult for fans to determine which is which and what they have. Easiest way to put it: If a game is live on TV on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPNews, it will be on Watch ESPN and you will have to have a subscription to that app through your TV provider. If a game is on ESPN3, you have more access than Watch ESPN. For example, I have DirecTV so I am not a TV subscriber who would get Watch ESPN. But I have Internet through Comcast, so I get ESPN3 access through that. I do not get Watch ESPN, so I’d have to view it on a TV channel/cable system. In short, access will be broader this year and if you have questions about what/where you could get it online, just ask us.
Digital TV Show - With CSS going off the airwaves, we will no longer have a weekly football TV show on a cable system. Instead, we will begin doing a digital TV show that will air on GeorgiaStateSports.com starting Sept. 3. It will normally be posted about noon on Wednesdays after a game, and will include review of the previous game, preview of the upcoming opponent, a coaches breakdown, other sport coaches updates, player features, and more. Coach Trent Miles and host Dave Cohen, the Voice of the Panthers, will be featured in the digital show that will be free on our website and available in your Georgia State Athletics app on iPhone, iPad and Android.
Radio Network - The football pregame show starts 30 minutes before each kickoff and will be followed by a postgame show with interviews with coach and possibly players. It will be heard on the Grady Health Systems Georgia State Radio Network, which will include seven stations (as of Aug. 25). A full list of stations is available here. Not all games will be carried on every station, and we are still working to add more stations for football, as well as starting to build a network for men’s basketball. Make sure to listen in the Georgia State Athletics app on your phone or tablet, as the radio stream is free to all fans. It’s also available on GeorgiaStateSports.com.
Radio Show - Also on the radio – and in your iPhone, iPad and Android app — fans will be able to hear the weekly Georgia State Football Live radio show with coach Trent Miles and play-by-play voice Dave Cohen. The show will move this year to Thursdays from 1-2 p.m., and will also still be heard on flagship station 1340 AM The Fan 3 in addition to the online stream. Fans are encouraged to call in with questions, and can use the social media hashtag #AskCoachMiles to find out about players, opponents and more. Also new this year, the show will originate from the GSU Student Center on campus. Fans, alumni, faculty/staff are invited to join the action live each Thursday before a game starting Aug. 28.