Georgia gamedays made possible by behind-the-scenes work

Sept. 12, 2019

The hairs on Melvin Robinson’s arms stood up when the lights went out for over 30 minutes during the 2013 Super Bowl. A power outage at Sanford Stadium would be a nightmare for Robinson, an assistant athletic director and supervisor of facility operations at Georgia.

It’s almost impossible, but if something were to go wrong, Robinson and his team have a plan, like they do for almost everything. The problem would be quickly messaged to the fans, coaches, referees and TV crew. Technicians would follow a procedure to restore power within a set amount of time. Then the game would resume.

Every year, Georgia’s facilities crew works on this exact drill. It’s just one part of preparing and maintaining the newly-christened Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium before and during the season.

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Photo by Jason Born