Dodd Stadium

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Go Jackets! Sting 'em

Oct 20, 2000 (Updated Nov 14, 2000)
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Pros:football tradition

Cons:not a plush stadium

Since the days of Coach John Heismann (don't miss the Heismann statue on Bobby Dodd Way at the North end of the stadium), Georgia Tech has taken its football seriously. Football is as much a tradition at Georgia Tech as its famous fight song and rigorous academic program.

The oldest collegiate football stadium still used for its original purpose, Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant field is located on Georgia Tech's campus across I-85 from midtown Atlanta. Bound to the south by North Avenue, to the east by Techwood Drive, to the North by Bobby Dodd Way and to the West by the "Hill", the stadium is a traditional two level stadium with a few modern improvements. Named after Tech coach Robert Lee Dodd, Bobby Dodd Stadium is a wonderful way to experience real Southern football, with a bit of an Atlanta flavor.

Parking

Because of its urban location, parking for football games is tight, but you can usually find paid lots on campus or across I-85 off of Spring Street and West Peachtree. (I have found that the rates for game day are high, but if you want to walk from the East side of Peachtree Street, lot prices go down somewhat.) If you park across the interstate then you can cross over the North Avenue Bridge (by the Varsity), or under the interstate through the Third Street tunnel to reach the stadium.

Seating

Most all of the seating is in the East and West Stands. Student seating is predominantly at the North End Zone and in the East Stands, visitors in the southern part of the East Stands, and alumni and friends are sprinkled throughout. Press Boxes are in the West Stands where the cameras have a good view of the East Stands, student section and a display of banners detailing Tech's many bowl victories which are hung across the the Wardlaw Center, located at the South End Zone.

Atlanta's climate during football season swings wildly, so you will probably want to dress for the heat early in the season, and wear layers later in the season as the evenings start to get cooler. You will need sunglasses for afternoon games.


Tickets

Ticket prices are competitive, and if you are a student at a local university, you may be eligible for a student discount (if tickets are available). Depending upon how well Tech is doing any particular year, you will be able to obtain tickets for some games, with extremely popular games like the Georgia vs. Georgia Tech grudge match or popular ACC opponents like Florida State or occaisional historic match-ups like Notre Dame selling out early.

Refreshments

There is no alcohol, umbrellas or seats with arms allowed in the stadium. The food is fairly standard fare: Coca-Cola and other Coke soft drinks in "football china", hot dogs, nachos, ice cream and other munchies are available from the concession stands and vendors. You won't want to plan to eat much at the stadium though, because one of Tech's football traditions is to eat at the Varsity before and/or after the game.

Surroundings

The view of the Atlanta skyline, especially at night, is spectacular from the West Stands. If you are lucky, you may even be treated to a fireworks show. While on campus you may want to visit the bookstore (located next to the Student Center), see the Tech Tower located adjacent to the stadium, or visit the Athletic Association's museum (at the corner of Techwood and Bobby Dodd Way).

Other Uses

Because of its strategic location, Bobby Dodd Stadium is also used for other events including the Georgia Games, Superbowl practice (when the Superbowl is in Atlanta) and concerts.

If you are a football fan, or just looking for something fun to do in the fall in Atlanta, then stop by Bobby Dodd Stadium.

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