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Nathan Deen is a sports writer for Savannah Morning News covering Georgia Southern athletics. His blog, Eagle Extra, will include news and analysis on Georgia Southern athletics.

Posted September 19, 2017 05:39 pm - Updated September 19, 2017 05:41 pm

Georgia Southern took financial hit moving game to Birmingham

Hurricane Irma dealt a financial blow to Georgia Southern when the Eagles moved their home opener against New Hampshire from Paulson Stadium to the campus of UAB in Birmingham, Alabama.

A Georgia Southern spokesperson confirmed to the Savannah Morning News that the university lost all of its potential ticket sales revenue as a result of moving the location of the New Hampshire game. The spokesperson also said Georgia Southern had no insurance policy in place to cover the loss.

Georgia Southern reported a total revenue of just over $1.6 million in ticket sales across all sports for 2016, according to a USA Today database, with football being the biggest contributor to that amount.

Georgia Southern also paid New Hampshire a $325,000 gurantee, according to a copy of the game contract between the two schools obtained by the Savannah Morning News via an open records request. Changing the location of the game did not affect Georgia Southern's obligation to pay New Hampshire. 

The Wildcats, an FCS program, upset the Eagles 22-12. Georgia Southern is off to an 0-2 start after a disappointing 5-7 2016 season.

The Eagles now have just four football home games remaining in 2017 from which to draw revenue through. They host Arkansas State on Oct. 4, a Wednesday night game, New Mexico State on Oct. 14, Georgia State on Nov. 4 and South Alabama on Nov. 18.

Georgia Southern's average home game attendance for 2016 was 20,819.