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From the moment the UGA Bulldogs’ football season begins, Athens transforms into a football lover's paradise. Thousands of die-hard fans decked out in red and black make their way to the city every Saturday to watch the Dawgs do what they do best: win. But the excitement isn’t confined to Sanford Stadium – UGA football weekends are filled with bustling festivities from sunup to sundown (and beyond). These weekends offer the perfect opportunity for visitors to discover everything the Classic City has to offer. Keep reading, and we’ll give you a few pointers on how to make the most of your UGA football weekend.
The Perfect UGA Bulldogs Weekend in Athens: Your Itinerary
Welcome to Athens! Introduce yourself to the city with a football-themed tour at the UGA Special Collections Libraries. Then, venture downtown to get a taste of the city’s rich collection of restaurants, which boasts everything from Mediterranean cuisine to burger joints. If you’re looking for a specific sort of meal, our blog may be able to point you in the right direction. Wrap up an exciting night with live music at one of Athens’ internationally renowned venues, and be sure to consult our events calendar to find out exactly what’s happening and how you can participate.
Make sure to set your alarm early for an invigorating day spent tailgating with fellow Dawgs fans. As game time approaches, squeeze into the Tate Center parking lot – get there early, because it can get packed – to cheer for the Bulldogs during Dawg Walk, when the players enter Sanford Stadium 2 hours and 15 minutes before the game begins. Suit up for the action with Georgia gear from the UGA bookstore, and then either claim your seats in the stadium or head back downtown or to your tailgate to find a place to watch the Bulldogs. Bring an action-packed day to a close by joining other fans in ringing the historic Chapel Bell at UGA’s North Campus to signal another Bulldogs victory.
Enjoy one final taste of Athens with a cozy Sunday breakfast or brunch, and then make a trip to the Georgia Museum of Art or the State Botanical Garden of Georgia – two of the city’s most popular attractions.
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A trip to Athens is the ultimate Bulldogs fan experience. Make the most of your UGA football weekend by venturing beyond the University of Georgia campus and discovering the expansive variety of things to do in Athens, Georgia.