The carnival employees had little else to do but sit and wait. Business was slow on Thursday evening in Athens. Some workers looked at their phones. Others talked amongst themselves.

The first three kickoffs in the Peach State Cats’ first game in Athens hit the ceiling. But even before the opening kickoff, there were plenty of signs that the AAL was a far cry from the SEC.

The hairs on Melvin Robinson’s arms stood up when he watched the lights go out for over 30 minutes during the 2013 Super Bowl. A power outage at Sanford Stadium would be a nightmare.