About Sanford Stadium
The 11th largest stadium in the United States, Sanford Stadium, located at the University of Georgia’s Athens campus just an hour from Atlanta, is a 92,000-plus seat behemoth that is as gorgeous as it is expansive. While its full name might be Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium, fans and college students alike know it as simply “Between the Hedges,” so named for the tradition of planting privet hedges along the sides of the field from the very first days of the arena.
The History of Sanford Stadium
The story of Sanford Stadium goes back nearly a hundred years when the decision was made to construct a football field big enough to make it easier for the college to compete against rivals like Georgia Tech. The stadium was completed in 1929 with a big-for-its-time capacity of 30,000, but that number would just keep getting bigger and bigger over the years with each new renovation and refurbishment of the stadium. The last major reno, which occurred in 2004, saw the stadium’s max capacity top out at more than 92,000, with a record-breaking crowd of 93,000 occurring during a 2019 game against Notre Dame.
What Makes Sanford Stadium Events So Special?
Sanford Stadium is a thing of beauty to be sure, and there’s nothing better than being in an electrifying crowd of more than 92,000 screaming fans during an NCAA football game. Thanks to new features like giant Darktronics scoreboards and other major overhauls undertaken recently at the venue, Sanford Stadium is weathering the test of time like a champ and will be ready for thrilling football for years to come.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Sanford Stadium located?
Sanford Stadium is located at the University of Georgia’s Athens campus just an hour from Atlanta.
What kind of events does Sanford Stadium host?
Sanford Stadium events mainly revolve around football. The stadium was also used during the 1996 Olympic Games for soccer, something that required those famous hedges being removed temporarily!
Which team is playing at Sanford Stadium?
Sanford Stadium has been home to UGA’s collegiate football team, the Georgia Bulldogs since it opened its doors in 1929.
Where can I park for free at Sanford Stadium?
Free Parking is available in some areas of campus for Sanford Stadium events on a first-come-first-served basis. If you’re not lucky enough to score one of these spots, paid parking is available for $20 in the Ramsey Center Complex, Carlton, and PAC Complex decks.
What is the seating capacity of Sanford Stadium?
Sanford Stadium sporting events can host up to 92,746 cheering fans.
Who owns Sanford Stadium?
Sanford Stadium is owned by the University of Georgia.
How do I get to Sanford Stadium using public transport?
Fans wishing to reach Sanford Stadium events by public transport don’t have many options at their disposal. The venue is not conveniently located by many MARTA stops and doesn’t have many bus routes serving the stadium. If you don’t want to drive, your best bet would be calling a cab.