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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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  • July 12, 2017
    Went to see a UGA Bulldogs game here. Seating is comfortable (obviously tested them before the game started and once more at halftime). Snacks are great and decent price. Bathrooms..... well.....you'r...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    Even if Georgia Football is not your passion Sanford Stadium is an amazing venue with a great view of whatever is happening on the field. The grounds crew does an amazing job with those famous hedges ...  more »
  • June 30, 2017
    The stadium is so nice! There was a lot of construction around it but the area is still very clean and perfect for photos. There is also a convenient bus stop right at the stadium.  more »
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  • June 30, 2017
    Arguably the best football stadium in world. Go Dawgs!
  • June 3, 2017
    Best college stadium in the country. There's nothing like a Saturday afternoon in Athens!
  • November 16, 2016
    No better place in America to watch a college football game. Expansive with great viewing layout. Easy access to all areas of the stadium. Playing Between the Hedges is legendary. Go Dawgs sic 'em!
  • October 16, 2016
    There's nothing like seeing my beloved Bulldogs play in the most beautiful stadium in college football. It's a once in a lifetime experience. The stadium is quite gorgeous and what makes it all better is you're watching the game with thousands of friendly and fun natured people.
  • January 22, 2017
    A football game between the hedges is a special experience. I will never forget the Jajuan Jennings catch to beat Georgia.

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