I may be a little biased, but every time I get back from an away football game, I can't help but be reminded of how ideal Athens is for game days. Not that I have anything against our favorite SEC rivals that I've visited, I just think there are a lot of aspects which make Athens nice to visit - especially on Saturdays in the fall.

  • Tailgating on North Campus. The wide open fields offer tons of space to set up tents, chairs and coolers, not to mention plenty of shade to relax under. There are other places to tailgate scattered all over town and campus, but North Campus is the most scenic and popular.
  • Proximity of hotels, restaurants, and bars to campus. Athens is a very pedestrian-friendly town, especially if you stay in one of the many hotels downtown - you won't need a car all weekend!
  • Variety of places to watch. There are hundreds of bars and restaurants downtown which will all have the game on if you aren't lucky enough to get a ticket in to Sanford Stadium. The Georgia Theatre also plays the game on a big screen, providing a fun (air conditioned!) spot to watch the game with your fellow fans.
  • Unique restaurants, bars, and music venues. There is plenty of entertainment downtown after the game is over, from unique restaurants like Last Resort Grill and East West Bistro, to bars like the 40 Watt and The Globe.
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