The Georgia Bulldogs are coming off their National Championship victory and looking to continue their dominance in 2022. With decades of success in the SEC, the Bulldogs have cultivated one of the most passionate fan bases in the South. True to form, tailgating at the University of Georgia is an experience no fan should pass up.
The Bulldogs play at Sanford Stadium in Athens, one of the best college towns in the nation. Every home game weekend finds the legion of Dawg fans descending for a truly Southern ongoing party.
Before Game Day
Bulldogs 2022 Home Schedule
- Sept. 3 – Oregon (Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia)
- Sept. 10 – Samford
- Sept. 24 – Kent State
- Oct. 8 – Auburn
- Oct. 15 – Vanderbilt
- Nov. 5 – Tennessee
- Nov. 26 – Georgia Tech
UGA will be a Top 5 team in 2022, so expect fans to turn up in force and Sanford Stadium (though they probably would anyway). It’s best to snap up Georgia Bulldogs tickets long before game day. Individual game tickets are sold digitally on the Bulldogs’ mobile app.
Travel, Accommodations, and Transportation
Athens is about 70 miles northeast of Atlanta, which is fairly easy to get to by car or plane. Being a college town, it has several great options for overnight stays and getting around town.
Traveling to Athens, GA
Driving: Athens is served by quite a few highways, but the business loop of US Route 78 is the one closest to the University. Depending on where you’re coming from, you may also need to take US Routes 29, 129, or 441. Interstates 20 and 85 are the most likely bets for out-of-state travelers.
Air Travel: UAG is about 81 miles northeast of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), the busiest airport in the United States. They likely fly direct to the major airport in your area. You can make arrangements for a shuttle service from ATL to the University with a few days’ notice.
Nearby Hotels and Accommodations
UGA has its own hotel right on campus, just a few steps from the stadium. Just north of the college, you’ll find several lodging options, including Hilton, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Springhill Suites, and Courtyard by Marriott. Here are some of TripAdvisor’s other suggestions.
If you’re taking your own tailgating rig to Athens, check with the hotel you’re considering and see if they can accommodate all of your equipment. An Airbnb option at a local residence may be a better idea.
Getting to Sanford Stadium
UAG offers free shuttle service to and from Sanford Stadium, picking up passengers at Ramsey Center and Rec Sports Center starting 5½ hours before kickoff. The county’s transit service has 4 routes that stop near the University, as well. Some hotels even offer free shuttles to the games.
How to Tailgate at University of Georgia
There’s an unusually large number of choices for tailgating at the University of Georgia, along with a host of game day traditions that make it special.
Where to Tailgate at University of Georgia
UAG loves its tailgaters. Some of the prime spots for Bulldogs fans and alumni to gather on campus include:
North Campus and Herty Field
Herty Field was where the Georgia Bulldogs first played, and it’s where many of the most “important” alumni and fans gather before games. It’s subject to tighter rules and regulations than other tailgating spots, but that also makes it family-friendly.
Many veteran tailgaters have claimed spots in The South Campus for decades — this is where you’ll find the hardcore fans. It’s a bit more spread-out than the North Campus, so tailgaters may find it more hospitable.
Maybe the most traditional tailgating experience at UAG, Myers Quad caters more to students and alumni, but it’s welcoming to everyone. There’s a cover charge to get in, but you also get a barbecue meal included with your purchase. Trust us…that’s a good thing.
The Intramural Fields are the destination of choice for many RV tailgaters, although it also offers parking spaces for late arrivals in smaller vehicles.
Tailgating at University of Georgia: Rules
- No open-wood burning grills
- Charcoal grills permitted
- Propane canisters less than 17 ounces permitted — no tanks
- No parking before 7 am on Saturday
Tailgating at University of Georgia: Traditions
Some traditions unique to Bulldogs tailgaters include:
The Dawg Walk
Like most other colleges, UAG has the traditional players’ and coaches’ march to the stadium amidst a throng of excitable fans. It starts at the Tate Center 2 hours and 15 minutes before kickoff and goes through Gate 1 of Sanford Stadium. The Redcoat Band and UAG spirit representatives also attend the festivities.
Chapel Bell Ringing
After the Bulldogs win, fans line up to ring the bell in the University’s Chapel. Sometimes, this event goes into the late-night hours — some fans report hearing the chimes ring out as late as 5 am Sunday morning. Be ready to deprive someone of a good night’s sleep!
Off-Campus Food and Drinks
Athens is one of the nation’s consummate college towns. On and around Broad Avenue just north of the UGA Arch, you’ll find more than enough bars and restaurants to enhance your game day experience. Here are a few.
Bars Near Sanford Stadium
Allgood Lounge is one of the best spots to be before, during, or after a Bulldogs game, complete with large-screen TVs and a rooftop tiki lounge. Magnolias Bar of Athens is the drinking establishment closest to the stadium, taking up two whole stories and offering tons of craft brews on tap.
For more bar options in Athens, check out Google Maps’ list of bars near Sanford Stadium.
Restaurants Near Sanford Stadium
Home.Made is one of Athens’ favorite restaurants, an elegant spot for pure Southern recipes made completely from scratch. For a more casual experience with authentic Latin food, check out Cali N Tito’s on Lumpkin Street.
You probably shouldn’t escape Athens without sampling some traditional Southern barbecue. Saucehouse offers massive combination plates of pulled pork, brisket, and chicken, and its to-go menu is perfect for bringing BBQ back to campus. Dawg Gone Good BBQ — obviously, a big destination for UGA students and fans — also makes combo platters with pork, chicken, ribs, and sausage. Plan on stopping by the Athens location of The Varsity, a local burger chain that’s a Georgia institution.
Check out TripAdvisor’s recommendations for food near UGA.
Georgia Gameday Gear
With the new season fast approaching, it’s time to get some new Georgia Bulldogs game day gear to rep at your tailgate.
If you want to rep Georgia with your pop-up tent, this is a great option from Logo Brands that you can find on Amazon. Linked here. Or if you want to opt for a plain colored tent, and spruce up your tailgate with other Georgia items, check out our Best Tailgate Tents: 2022 guide.
These Logo Brand tailgate chairs are great. There are quite a few ‘fancier’ chairs out there, but these are all you need for a tailgate party. For the most part, you’re hardly even sitting. You can find them here.
For the grill master in your group – these are a great way to rep your team all summer! They’d make for a great Father’s Day gift, too. Linked here.
For all things attire, Fanatics: Georgia is a great place to start. They have something for every member of the family. Be sure to only buy when they have promotions running, which is quite often!
Fanatics also has a fun Georgia: Tailgate & Party section that has cute decorations, car decals, and tailgate games. Outside of cornhole (bags) games, I’d stick to Amazon for your bigger tailgate items like tents, tables, chairs, etc. Or your actual team’s ticket office.
Tailgating at the University of Georgia is more than a game-day ritual. It’s an experience that combines the diversity of Athens with the passion of true football fans. You won’t want to miss a single minute.
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