Monday, March 19, 2007

A Clear Sign We're Going to the 'Dogs

Nothing upsets the well-heeled like the lack of parking for recreational vehicles on a game day. Instead of firing up the grill and enjoying the festivities, one must navigate busy city streets in a 45-foot gas-guzzling RV in search of parking.

Yes, rich people have problems, too.

Fortunately, there is a solution for upscale Georgia fans, who are lining up to pay $30,000 to own a guaranteed parking spot for their RVs in Athens. BullDog Park, a 250-spot, 18-acre RV lot four miles from Georgia's Sanford Stadium, is scheduled to open in June 2008.

BullDog Park will be open year-round, and space owners can park their RVs for up to 30 days at a time. The 30-day limit complies with local laws banning trailer parks from most locations.

Amenities like TVs, live music, restrooms, picnic pavilions and a shuttle to campus come with the spaces. The owners will have to pay property taxes in addition to an annual upkeep fee, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.

Former Georgia players Kevin Butler, David Greene and David Pollack are involved in the project. The concept is similar to Tailgate Station, which allows Georgia fans to own a parking space in a gated, landscaped facility on game days. Butler is also involved in that project.

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