Southern Football Report Stadium Countdown: #5 Sanford Stadium

Georgia LogoSanford Stadium
Built – 1928
Capacity – 92,746
Record Capacity – 92,746 (2014)

There is just something about being ‘Between the Hedges’ on an Autumn Saturday afternoon. Sanford Stadium is one of those stadium and game day experiences that everyone should make a chance to enjoy because the atmosphere around the stadium leading up to the game, the passion of the fans in the stadium, Uga and his dog house on the sidelines and the quality of play on the field make Sanford Stadium a tough act to beat. Named after former English professor turned university president Dr. Steadman Vincent Sanford who, from everything I’ve heard about him, hated Georgia Tech as much as any Georgia fan I’ve ever met, Sanford Stadium has become one of the toughest places in America to walk out of with a win.

Georgia - Sanford Stadium - Overhead - Day

Sanford Stadium is one of the few college football stadiums in the country that can claim to have been used for the Olympics but Sanford Stadium hosted eight soccer games including the Men’s and Women’s Gold Medal matches. There have been significant upgrades to the stadium over the years but all upgrades have to ‘keep with the look of the stadium’ which has never truly been explained. Closing in the horseshoe on the ‘train track’ East Endzone back in 1981 and the new video scoreboard that was added in 2005 have really been the only two major expansions or upgrades.

Sanford Stadium, Home of the Georgia Bulldogs
Sanford Stadium, Home of the Georgia Bulldogs

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