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Sanford Stadium, Athens

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With a $25 million expansion completed in 2003 and another $8 million in 2004, Sanford Stadium added a second upper deck on the north side and 27 new north side SkySuites bringing the new stadium capacity to 92,746, the fifth largest on-campus stadium in the country.

Named for the late Dr. S. V. Sanford, former president of the University and Chancellor of the University system, Georgia's Sanford Stadium celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2004. An overflow crowd of 30,000 saw the stadium's first game on October 12, 1929, when Yale University made its only trip South. Georgia won the now famous game when a young sophomore end from Macon, Vernon "Catfish" Smith, scored all 15 of the Bulldogs' points. Final score, Georgia 15, Yale 0.

Through the years, the stadium has experienced various expansion projects. In 1940, lights were added to the field level paving the way to the first Sanford Stadium night game, a 7-7 tie between Georgia and Kentucky on October 26, 1940.

Eventually, the East end of the stadium was enclosed, more lights added, and the capacity increased to 82,122. The 1991 project cost the University Athletic Association $3.7 million and enclosed the West end. The price tag was rather hefty, considering that the original price to build the stadium was a mere $360,000.

Legendary Sanford Stadium added yet another chapter to its history by hosting the medal round of the 1996 Olympic men's and women's soccer competition watched via television by over 3 billion people around the world.

Filled on Saturdays to its 92,746 capacity, Sanford Stadium has long been one of the country's most beautiful and electrifying arenas for college football. Georgia's average home attendance has ranked among the nation's top 10 for 23 consecutive seasons and among the top seven for 21 of the past 24 years.
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  • I finally got to visit and walk around the greatest University ever. Great trip and nice faculty. Go DAWGS!!  more »
  • This is an amazing stadium! Not a bad seat and fantastic atmosphere as the Dawgs fans always pack it! It sounds right in the middle of Campus and ads to the whole feeling of the University. This must ...  more »
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  • Love going over for any game in the fall. Beautiful stadium that just gets prettier every year. The concourses were too crowded particularly on the north side, but the additions have made getting around much more comfortable.
  • GO GEORGIA BULLDOGS this place is my home i grew up here every Saturday and there is absolutely nothing better than a Saturday in Athens. My favorite part about the stadium is how we have a bunch of DGD's standing down there between the hedges getting ready to pound the rock, attack the day, and keep chopping wood. We will get em next year by god. As long as we beat Florida, Tech, Tennessee, and Auburn honestly I'm a happy camper. Thanks to kirby smart for invigorating the entire DAWGNATION. Thanks to Nick Chubb and Sony Michel for being the greatest RB duo in football history. love yall dawg nation. see yall september 1st vs Austin Peay State we are gonna whoop sum fanny. Go Dawgs.
  • Go Dawgs!!! Been to a lot of game at a lot of different stadium and this one takes the cake! The energy and view from in this stadium is mind blowing. I wonder how any team could play against UGA and expect to win in that hardcore fan powered atmosphere. Be prepared for a great time if attending a game here! Make sure you do some hardcore tailgating/pregaming because the stadium doesn't allow or sell alcohol. If you've never been to a game here it's a definite unknown bucklist type event!!
  • Gooooooo DAWGS!!! Words can't describe how I feel about this place. Love it!!!
  • This place is heaven to me wish I could afford season tickets. Go DAWGS

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