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UGA's Georgia Center Has Big Impact on Downtown Athens, Ga.

Records show UGA sends thousands of visitors and dollars to downtown.

UGA's Georgia Center Has Big Impact on Downtown Athens, Ga.

 

What's the top dining and entertainment destination in downtown Athens for guests staying at the Georgia Center?

According to records compiled for FY 2012, it's the , followed by the , Blue Sky, and , which is open only for dinner.

Square One Fish Company owner Erica Cascio said she was happy about her designation.

The campus facility offers free shuttle service to those staying there. In 2012, it made 5,385 trips to restaurants and bars, where the average ticket was $25. There were also 171 shuttle trips to retail shops, where people spent an average of $19.

In addition, UGA officials spent $452,308 at four downtown hotels. The most money, close to $200,000, went to the Holiday Inn, with another $126,540 going to .

 

 

 

 

 

editor's note: a version of this story said that La Dolce Vita was closed, but it's closed only for lunch.

 

 

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