UGA to pay App State $1M to return to Sanford Stadium

The Georgia Bulldogs will play Appalachian State again in 2017, and will pay the Mountaineers $1 million to do it.

That is the deal the two football programs agreed to last month, according to a memorandum of understanding obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday through an open records request. Signed by UGA Athletic Director Greg McGarity on August 8 and Appalachian State interim AD Rick Beasley on Aug. 22, the agreement calls for the Mountaineers to receive $1 million to play the Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium at a date to be determined in 2017.

More than likely, the teams will end up playing in the first game of the 2017 season. Georgia is already slated to play Notre Dame on Sept. 9 of that year and the Mountaineers are scheduled to play Akron on Sept. 16. Otherwise, the Bulldogs should be getting into conference play by then.

Georgia and Appalachian State played on Nov. 9 of last season, with the Bulldogs winning 45-6. UGA paid the Mountaineers just $325,000 to play that game.

Other details of the agreement include that Georgia will provide 3,000 tickets for Appalachian State fans, give the school 300 complimentary tickets and determine the kickoff time.