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There's a reason Athens, GA, was named the #1 College Football Town by Athlon Sports

On UGA football game days, Athens is a sight unlike any other. A sea of football fans adorned in red and black descends upon the UGA campus. Tailgate setups and menus are elevated to an art form. On any given fall Saturday, nearly 100,000 fans fill the Classic City to watch the Georgia Bulldogs play between the hedges of Sanford Stadium.

But those fans who venture beyond the storied hedges will discover a unique blend of southern heritage and contemporary entertainment in Athens, Georgia. A UGA football weekend in Athens involves much more than action on the field and is an amazing experience for die hard UGA fans, visiting team fans, and those who just enjoy college football or a good party.


2017 Football Season Security and Construction Updates:
  • UGA and Sanford Stadium will implement the SEC's Clear Bag Policy starting with G-Day 2017.
  • In place of Gates 1 and 10, there will just be one large gate located at the Tate Center. Please use gates 2 or 9 if possible. This map of Sanford Stadium is a great guide for what gates to enter for all seat locations.
  • Restrooms and a Grab 'n Go style concessions area have been added to the West End Zone plaza.  This map shows these new additions and affected areas for the construction.
  • The Dawg Walk will still take the same path into the stadium, 2 hours and 15 minutes before every home game in the Tate Center Parking Lot.

The Perfect UGA Bulldogs Weekend in Athens


  • Arrive early on Friday afternoon and head to the UGA Special Collections Libraries for a UGA football-themed tour. The 2017 season features "Covered With Glory: Football at UGA", which commemorates the first 25 years of UGA's football program. Check our events calendar for the latest details.
  • You'll have plenty of choices for dinner, thanks to Athens' thriving food scene. Check out our restaurant listings here or head over to our blog for insight on what's new and to find a spot that's just right for you.
  • Athens is known for its live music, and football weekends offer a full slate of performances at hot spots like the Georgia Theatre, The Foundry, 40 Watt Club, and Caledonia. We're keeping track on our events calendar.




  • UGA fans will be up early, regardless of the kickoff time, to pack in a full day of tailgating.
  • Don't miss the Dawg Walk to cheer on the Georgia Bulldogs as the players and coaches enter Sanford Stadium 2 hours and 15 minutes prior to kickoff. Pick out your spot at the Tate Center early, and while you're there pop into the UGA Bookstore, which has every Georgia Bulldog item you could ever imagine.
  • Don't have tickets? Never fear, there are plenty of local spots that are great for watching the Georgia Bulldogs play. 
  • Celebrate a big Georgia Bulldogs victory by ringing the Chapel Bell on North Campus on the way downtown to hang out with 100,000 of your closest friends.


  • Don't miss out on the opportunity to have another great meal in Athens. Nothing will end your stay better than Sunday Brunch!
  • Before you hit the road back home, check out one or more of Athens's other top attractions. Did you know that Athens is home to the state's official art museum and garden? Stop by the Georgia Museum of Art or the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and discover all Athens has to offer!