SANFORD STADIUM EXPERIENCE:
Location: Athens, Georgia
Address: Sanford Dr Athens, GA 30602
Year Opened: 1929
Parking: Onsite Parking Available.
Occupants: Georgia Bulldogs football
Sanford Stadium is an outdoor football stadium on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. It is the home field of the Georgia Bulldogs football program. The field is surrounded by privet hedges, which have led to games at Sanford Stadium to be known as games played “between the hedges.” The stadium was opened in 1929 and is named for a famous Georgia faculty member who would eventually become chancellor of the entire university system and who was instrumental in moving the football team to its current home. Visitors to Sanford Stadium are struck by its architecture - although the stadium has seen many expansions and renovations, each change has been carefully planned so that the stadium as a whole has incredibly architectural continuity.
Sanford Stadium was built primarily so that the Bulldogs could play their rival, Georgia Tech, at home, rather than having to travel to Atlanta where Tech’s stadium could accommodate the number of fans that wanted to attend the game. It has since become host to many unforgettable games - mot recently, the “blackout game” in 2007 where the fans and team unexpectedly turned out all in black to defeat Auburn handily 45-20. The stadium also saw Olympic Soccer competitions for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Because of the size of a soccer field, the hedges had to be removed - a very unpopular situation in Athens. Cuttings from the original hedges were grown at a secret location and then replanted after the games were over.
A game at Sanford Stadium is a unique experience for both fans and visiting teams. The field is unconventionally oriented from East to West, making the sun a serious factor for teams on the field. Georgia fans are known to be some of the most intense and loyal in all college sports and the crowd noise and energy is something you won’t soon forget. Buy Sanford Stadium tickets today and don’t miss an event “between the hedges”!