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Friday, September 3, 2010

D.O.W.: GSU Football Naysayers

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30,237.

That's the number of people who came out to support the Georgia State Panthers football team on Thursday night as they kicked off their inaugural 2010 season.

Just for comparison's sake: 24,895 people made it to the Braves game—a first-place team in the middle of a pennant race—on the same night.

That's a pretty big deal.

The Panthers certainly didn't disappoint as the crowd that nearly filled the entire lower section of the cavernous Georgia Dome witnessed a 41-7 route of Shorter University—a school with less than 2,700 undergraduates.

While the Shorter Hawks may not have been the most attractive, relevant or even qualified opponent, the Panthers entertained the crowd with a surprisingly competitive—given the infancy of the program—brand of football.

Certainly Georgia State can't anticipate to see 30,000-plus inside the Dome for every home game this season, but the amount of support they received on Thursday night serves as a definite indicator that, regardless of the recent moans over increased student fees, GSU students and alumni care about football.

But don't take my word for it, ask any of the 30,237 people who attended last night's game.

I doubt any of them will complain about $85.

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GSU vs. Shorter University

GSU vs. Shorter University

Georgia State University kicked off their first ever football season with a win over Shorter University at the Georgia Dome. More on the game. (Photos by Laura Watson)

By Laura Watson

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