With final preparations underway for the opening of Georgia State Stadium on Aug. 31, GeorgiaStateSports.com will go behind the scenes all week and look at some of the folks and departments throughout the campus that made it possible. This is the second part of a six-part series.

Ticketing

For the Georgia State ticket office, most summers are spent selling tickets, designing season tickets and preparing for the upcoming football and basketball seasons. This summer was no different, but with one rather large wrinkle…renumber a 41,000 seat stadium to convert it from baseball to football.

That task landed on the lap of Assistant A.D. for Ticket Operations Tyler Wilcher and his crew. There were so many questions, like where to begin and how to even do it that Wilcher took and figured out.

“When Georgia State took ownership of the stadium, we immediately knew that the numbering had to be changed as it was based on a baseball stadium and home plate,” Wilcher said. “We knew it would not make sense for football so we devised a plan and got to work.”

When all was said and done, nearly 100,000 red stickers were used to cover every number on every seat in the stadium, including nearly 600 row stickers, And the only way to do it was manual labor…one sticker at a time.

“Our staff really put in extra time over the summer to help make this happen,” Wilcher continued. “But we also had so much support from the department and even our student-athletes who came out to volunteer. It was all part of making Georgia State Stadium one of the best in the country as everyone wanted to make sure no stone was unturned.”

“During the summer, we would periodically come over and check on the construction progress and here is Tyler methodically working away at renumbering the stadium seats – all 41,000 of them,” Director of Athletics Charlie Cobb said. “The old adage about show horses and work horses applies to Tyler. He is simply a work horse. No task is too big or too small. When he says he will get it done, it’s done and done very well.”

Although there are a ton of great seats in Georgia State Stadium, there might be only one person who has seen the view from each of those, yet ironically, on opening night he won’t be sitting in any of them. Wilcher will be back in charge of the ticket office and there is no other place he would rather be.