Football season is among us here in Athens, Ga. and bulldog pride is in the air!
Saturdays in Athens, Ga. are quite the experience! Many might say waking up on game day is like Christmas morning. I can't argue that! The entire city is alive and the energy is truly contagious. The town turns into a sea of red as 92,000 people pack into the one and only Sanford Stadium located right in the middle of UGA's campus. Bulldog fans are some of the most spirited fans in the country. We bleed red and black!
While cheering on the dawgs is certainly the main event of the day, Saturdays in Athens would not be complete without a Georgia Bulldog tailgate! Tailgating has become a true SEC pastime. Starting at the crack of dawn and lasting all the way until minutes before kick-off, tailgating is a way of life here in the South.
Delicious foods, flat screen TVs, corn hole games, and endless beverages make it easy to spend hours on hours outside in the heat. From hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill to fancy appetizers and desserts, tailgaters never go hungry. It is common for tailgating groups to share their tasty treats in a pot-luck style feast where everyone brings a dish or two.
Because parking and tailgating spots are in limited supply around campus I recommend arriving early... but not TOO early. UGA does not let tailgaters set up camp until 7 a.m. Additionally, recent changes to the rules on North Campus have led many tailgaters with tents, grills, etc. to relocate to other popular spots including Myers Quad, East Campus Road along the railroad tracks, and the areas surrounding Stegeman Colliseum.
While many students and alumni choose to set up tents, TVs, grills and games on grassy patches around campus, a number of undergrads choose to tailgate at one of the 26 fraternity houses located on and near Milledge Ave. Catered food and drinks, bands, and corn hole make these tailgating spots popular among the college bulldog crowd.
As you spend the day chowing down on delicious treats and preparing for a big bulldog win, don't forget that Athens Clarke County open container laws do still apply, even on gamedays!
For those who might want to stray away from the heat and enjoy a nice meal indoors before the game, check out our list of restaurants and things to do beyond the hedges.
Days are long and the sun is scorching, particularly early in the season, so make sure to pack sunscreen and drink lots of water! From one Georgia Bulldog to another, I wish you a happy game day and GO DAWGS!