Playing in a dome usually has its benefits, not having to deal with the weather being a primary one. However, that’s only once the game has started. The pregame tailgates, get-togethers and fan events before the doors open are subject to Mother Nature’s desire and Saturday may be the first time this year that she plays a role in the functions around a Georgia State football game.
As of Friday, the weather forecast includes a strong chance for scattered thunderstorms around the metro Atlanta area on Saturday morning with possible widespread thunderstorms in the afternoon. So what does this mean for Panthers fans?
In most cases, it won’t change much. The Taste of GSU event with food trucks is scheduled to happen rain or shine, although food truck vendors have the choice to make a decision when to open shop if the weather is nasty. Nine vendors are confirmed to be on-hand as of Friday afternoon, including the following: Wingz on Wheelz, Naan Stop, Yeah Burger, Yoli’s Street Food, Hard Rock Café, Tropical Delights Italian Ice, Mighty Meatballs, Chay J’s New Orleans and Moe’s Orignal BBQ. Tickets are still available by going to the GSU Ticket Office on Friday and by calling 866-GA-STATE. Food tickets will also be sold on gameday as well, but purchases will be limited to cash only.
In the unlikely event that Taste of GSU is cancelled because of concerns about fan safety or if there are any significant changes to the setup, we will communicate this on our Gameday Central page (located here), on Twitter (follow here) and our Facebook page (like here) on Saturday morning.
Along with the Taste of GSU, the Panther Walk will go on as planned approximately two hours before kickoff. The only time that this gameday event will be changed is if there is a danger for the fans and players. Torrential rain and especially lightning in the area will determine if it is shortened. If that were the case, the buses would pull up to the corner of Mangum and Stadium Drive and let the team off to walk in through Gate D. The band would still form the tunnel going in and fans would still be welcome to participate, however, for safety reasons, the process of unloading and moving the team indoors would be shortened as much as possible. Keeping the fans and team safe will always be our first priority.
If you do get a little wet during your pregame tailgating festivities, you may still have a chance to watch the game in something dry as Powerade will be giving out 5,000 T-shirts to fans heading into the game for the 2 p.m. kickoff.
And this Saturday’s Puttin’ with Pounce miniature golf event will not have an issue getting started. When the doors open at 12:30 p.m., fans of all ages (with members of Pounce’s Kids Club getting priority) will be able to enjoy the nine-hole course and prize giveaways for the first 25 holes in one at each hole (make sure to start at Gate D inside the concourse). It runs through kickoff, and if Mother Nature interrupts this event, we’ve got bigger problems than anyone expected.
See everyone Saturday at the Dome, hopefully dry and warm.