Construction of Alexander Memorial Coliseum, 1956 (left).
Dear Friends of Georgia Tech: I hope you enjoy this publication that is meant to provide a welcome and introduction to our move into the beautiful new McCamish Pavilion, opening on our campus this October. This will provide a striking, stateof-the-art experience for Georgia Tech fans that will be magnificent, yet cozy and comfortable. And, oh yes, as loud and intimidating as you’ll find anywhere in college basketball. This new building represents the commitment Georgia Tech is making in pursuing the very best in college basketball. It positions our men’s and women’s programs to compete at the highest level in the Atlantic Coast Conference and nationally. It is also our way to thank our loyal fans for the support shown over many decades. The memories created in Alexander Memorial Coliseum through the years will never be forgotten. We want this new facility to be a tribute to our tradition and history while ushering all of us into a dynamic new era. I want to thank the family of Mr. Henry F. McCamish Jr., who helped make this dream a reality. I salute our coaches, student-athletes and fans for making the best of the transition while the construction is completed. I particularly want to thank Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson and his administration for the vision and cooperation as well as the foresight to see this as an iconic symbol which will welcome visitors to our campus for many years to come. I hope you’ll take the time to enjoy this look at what the future holds. Your support of Georgia Tech basketball is critical as we move forward together. I look forward to spending many unforgettable days and nights with all of you in Georgia Tech’s sparkling new McCamish Pavilion! Dan Radakovich Director of Athletics
“The student-athletes that we are recruiting now will begin their college careers in this brand new, wonderful facility. McCamish Pavilion gives us one of the top oncampus arenas anywhere, and I know it will help us in recruiting.” Men’s
Basketball Head Coach Brian Gregory
“We are excited about the new McCamish Pavilion. This is the final piece of the puzzle and will be an amazing addition to the recently-built Zelnak Practice Facility.” Women’s Basketball Head Coach MaChelle Joseph
The New Home Of The Yellow Jackets Malcolm Mackey left as much of himself in old Alexander Memorial Coliseum as anybody, and his memories of the place -- particularly when he laid out a Blue Devil in a 1993 game in AMC -- are as indelible as can be found. The Georgia Tech legend is ready, though, for new digs for the Yellow Jackets. For him, McCamish Pavilion cannot open soon enough. “My top two memories are the pick I set on Bobby Hurley in that arena and Dennis Scott hitting the winning shot against North Carolina and running out of the arena [in 1990], but it is overdue for a makeover,” said Mackey, who remains Tech’s alltime leading rebounder with 1,205 from 1989-’90. “When I first heard of the new place, I was like, ‘Dang. Everything is changing.’ I must have felt like that for about two seconds, and then I thought . . . it’s about time.” Mackey and Tech fans won’t have to wait much longer. The family of Hank McCamish, Jr., donated a significant portion of the estimated $48 million makeover of AMC, and the new place is slated to open next fall for the Tech men’s and women’s squads. Other than the impossible-to-forget roof (which won’t leak any more), everything else will be new although there will be a plaza on the west side of McCamish dedicated to AMC, which opened in 1956. Doug Hertz has been a Jackets fan for some 50 years, back to the days of coach Whack Hyder. He can barely bridle his anticipation of McCamish even after spending thousands of hours in the old place. Like Mackey, Hertz will wax nostalgic about AMC if you give him time. He agrees, however, that time was up and not just because of recrurring problems with the building’s infrastructure. “At its peak, it was a great home-court advantage,
but from a recruiting standpoint and a spectator comfort standpoint it wasn’t the greatest,” said Hertz, a season ticket holder dating back into the 1970s. “It’s going to have more comfortable seats, be more wide open, have more televisions, and more. I am looking forward to it. “Given what coach [Brian] Gregory has been able to recruit, that and the opening of the new building will create a lot of excitement.” With new club seating, better scoreboards, a concourse that will allow fans a view of the court for 270 degrees in addition to many more bells and whistles, McCamish will bear the same basic bowl shape as AMC yet with a cozier vibe. Mackey, a freshman on Tech’s 1990 Final Four team and a member of the Jackets’ 1993 ACC championship squad, will never forget setting that screen on Hurley. The Jackets, ranked No. 10 at the time, beat No. 1 Duke that day, 80-79. What made the old place special, though, had nothing to do with design, shape, size or TVs. “I think the biggest part was the fans; the students were right there near our bench,” he said. “With them going crazy so close to the floor, that was always a good thing. I remember Chapel Hill [UNC] was always easy to play even though it seated 20,000 because the students were so far from the court. “We used to have the Thrillerdome rocking, and that was due to the students who would literally sleep outside so they could get tickets. Good news: everybody will have a shot at an upclose view. There will be student seating along the sideline and behind one basket, and floor seats for uber-patrons like Hertz as well. “This is going to be exciting for our fans, and more comfortable,” Hertz said. “It’s going to be a great homecourt advantage.” It’s coming. — Matt Winkeljohn
BY THE NUMBERS • 2,500 cubic yards of concrete removed • 3,000 cubic yards of concrete installed • 500 tons of new steel installed • Over 1 mile of new railing installed • 20,000 gallons of paint • 2,000 feet of new mechanical piping • 2,500 feet of new ductwork • $4M in new audio-visual and scoreboards • 50 TV’s throughout the concourse and Callaway Club • Farthest distance material has traveled to get on site: 4,835 miles • Shortest distance material has traveled to get on site: 1 mile • Number of Tech alumni involved in the project: Over 100 • Number of days construction will take: 520 • Number of 1950’s old style Coke bottles found while installing the underground foundations: 11 • Number of new staircases: 13 • Number of new sports lights for the competition floor: Over 300 • 270-degree court view from concourse
HIGHLIGHTS • Groundbreaking: May 5, 2011 • Opening: October, 2012 • Capacity: 8,600 • Club seating • Center-hung scoreboard • Primarily chairback seating • Grand entrance (10th & Fowler) •A lexander Memorial Courtyard (on Fowler Street) • Theatrical lighting
CONTRIBUTION LEVELS FOR 2012-13 SEATING
PlayerChair Style Seating
Extra Wide Theater Chairback Bench Style Seat with Seating Seating Cup Holder with Back
PARKING Complimentary Adjacent Parking
Priority Paid Parking
Priority Paid Parking
(location determined by A-T Points)
(Based on Availability)
Complimentary Food & Drink
ACC TOURNAMENT Guaranteed Ticket Access (Seat location determined by A-T Pts)
Ticket Access (Seat location and availability determined by A-T Pts)
(if Georgia Tech is participating)
Guaranteed Ticket Access (Seat location determined by A-T Pts)
Ticket Access (Seat location and availability determined by A-T Pts)
Courtside ($5,000)* Callaway Club ($2,000)* $600 TECH Fund $300 TECH Fund $200 TECH Fund $150 TECH Fund $100 TECH Fund No TECH Fund * Courtside and Callaway Club pricing reflects the overall price, which already includes the season ticket price.
Key Dates And Deadlines in 2012 Ticket Information The following ticketing information should be used as a guideline for the upcoming men’s basketball season. Included is a timeline of key dates and deadlines, a seating diagram of McCamish Pavilion and the corresponding TECH Fund contribution levels and chart of benefits. In addition, Frequently Asked Questions can be found on page 8. (Note: The process of seat selection for women’s basketball will be released in April 2012.) For more comprehensive ticket information, please go to www.ramblinwreck.com/mccamishpavilion.
March 16 Gifts and commitments to the Alexander-Tharpe Fund received by this date will count towards an individual’s priority point total for the seat selection process March 23 Deadline to turn in a group seating request
April Notification of assigned date and time for seat selection mailed and emailed to all current men’s basketball season ticket holders
May 1 Deadline to turn in seat selection proxy if unable to make online seat selection appointment May 1 Deadline to sign-up for the Men’s Basketball Wait List May McCamish Pavilion seat selection begins
June McCamish Pavilion seat selection period ends
TICKET FAQs How do I purchase season tickets for the 2012-13 season when Georgia Tech opens McCamish Pavilion? Current season ticket holders (Philips Arena in 2011-12) will have first priority for season tickets in McCamish Pavilion and assigned seat selection times in A-T Fund priority point order. Men’s Basketball Wait List Individuals who currently do not have 2011-12 men’s basketball season tickets must join the wait list in order to be notified about ticket availability. The wait list is the best opportunity to be notified if any season tickets become available. If seats are available following the first priority allocation, requests for new season tickets will be filled by those that are on the wait list and by Alexander-Tharpe (A-T) Fund priority points. Those who are requesting to be placed on the wait list must do so by May 1, 2012. To put your name on the wait list, please visit www.ramblinwreck.com/mccamishpavilion. Your non-refundable wait list deposit will be applied to the purchase of your season tickets. When McCamish Pavilion opens, can I keep the same seats I had in Alexander Memorial Coliseum? Due to the renovation, your Alexander Memorial Coliseum seating location no longer exists. McCamish Pavilion will have an all-new seating layout. What can I do between now and the opening of McCamish Pavilion to optimize my seating location? Additional donations to the Alexander-Tharpe Fund will continue to increase your A-T priority points and your overall ranking. This may be a good time to consider making a pledge or planned commitment. The seat selection process for McCamish Pavilion will be completed in order by A-T priority points. The priority point cutoff date is March 16, 2012. Gifts and commitments made after this date will continue to count towards your A-T priority points, but will NOT count towards your 201213 men’s basketball season ticket seating priority. If you have additional questions, please contact an AlexanderTharpe Fund staff member at 404-894-5414. When will seat selection for McCamish Pavilion take place? Season ticket holder online appointment times will be assigned and communicated (via mail and email) in April 2012. Seat selection will begin in May 2012 and conclude in June 2012.
Will I be able to visit McCamish Pavilion in person to view available seating? Based on the current construction timeline, in person tours of McCamish Pavilion will not be available during the seat selection process. However, the Athletic Association will provide an online experience that will allow you to view a 3-D seating model of McCamish Pavilion. Will I have an opportunity to view the online 3-D seating diagram before my seat selection? Yes. The seating diagram for McCamish Pavilion is now live online at: www.ramblinwreck.com/mccamishpavilion. What is the process if I want to sit with other friends or family members? You may choose to select your seats so that you are able to sit next to a family member, friend, classmate or colleague. All persons in your group will be assigned the same selection time. The average point total of your group will be used to determine the group seat selection ranking within the Alexander-Tharpe (A-T) Fund priority point system. ALL individuals within a group must submit a written group seating request (group seating request application can be found online at www.ramblinwreck. com/mccamishpavilion) to the Georgia Tech Ticket Office no later than March 23, 2012 in order to schedule an appointment time together. How will seat selection work for McCamish Pavilion? The Georgia Tech Athletic Association will offer current men’s basketball season ticket holders the most efficient and customer-friendly tool available to facilitate your desire to self-select seats. The online seat selection process will be based upon a 3-D seating diagram of McCamish Pavilion, developed by Ballena Technologies. In May of 2012, the seat assignment process will be conducted online and will provide the convenience of self-selecting seats from your home or office. The Seat Relocation Management System (SRMS) will implement an online experience for season ticket holders to choose seats at a specific time. A customer ID and Pin# will be provided to season ticket holders for login purposes. Appointment times will be staggered every 5-10 minutes. Appointment Times Season ticket holders will be provided with a predetermined appointment time to go online and select
from available seats. Each season ticket holder will be notified in advance by mail and email notification of their appointment time to select their seats. Should a season ticket holder NOT be available for their seat selection time, a seat selection proxy (proxy application can be found online at www.ramblinwreck. com/mccamishpavilion) can be assigned on their behalf for an Alexander-Tharpe Fund or ticket office staff member to select your seats online during your appointment time. Those who wish to have an Athletics representative select their seats must return a written and signed proxy by May 1, 2012. Please contact the ticket office for additional information at 888-TECH-TIX or the Alexander-Tharpe Fund office at 404-894-5414. Online Selection Specific instructions will be provided to each season ticket holder when appointment times are communicated. At the assigned appointment time, a season ticket holder will log-in to the online seat selection program with the Customer ID and PIN Number provided by the ticket office. It will be important to accurately complete all steps of the online seat selection process, including understanding the procedure for ticket payment. What if I miss my appointment time? Those who miss their scheduled appointment may login to self-select seats at any time after their appointment has begun. The time slots for future season ticket holders have a start date, but not an ending date (while the process remains open if ticket availability still exists). Therefore, you can select your seats any time after your designated start date, but not before that date. Please note that if you miss your scheduled appointment time, other season ticket holders will self-select seats at their appointment time and preferred seats may not be available. For a more comprehensive listing of frequently asked questions as well as access to the wait list, group seating request and proxy applications, please go to www.ramblinwreck.com/mccamishpavilion.
Georgia Tech Ticket Office 150 Bobby Dodd Way NW • Atlanta, GA 30332 404.894.5447 or 888.832.4849 email@example.com www.ramblinwreck.com/tickets
NAMING OPPORTUNITIES Commemorative Gift Level
McCamish Pavilion Name of Pavilion
Reserved / Hank McCamish
Concourse Level Club Room
Reserved / Fuller E. Callaway Jr.
Floor Level Home Team Meeting Room
Visiting Team Meeting Room
Basketball Alumni Room
Entrance Gates East Entry Fowler Entry
For more information, please contact: Jack Thompson or Jim Hall Alexander-Tharpe Fund 150 Bobby Dodd Way NW Atlanta, GA 30332 404-894-5414
McCamish Pavilion Booklet