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Bobby Dodd Stadium
150 Bobby Dodd Way, Atlanta, GA 30332, United States
Near the heart of college football’s biggest market in Atlanta stands Bobby Dodd Stadium. Opening its doors in September of 1913, Bobby Dodd is the oldest FBS stadium in the country and definitely has a classic college football feel to it. The historic stadium’s namesake served the university for 57 years as assistant coach, head coach and athletic director. Dodd most notably racked up 165 wins and a national championship during his coaching tenure from 1945-1966. The stadium was renamed for Dodd in 1988 and currently holds up to 55,000. Completed in 2003, a two-year expansion and renovation raised capacity to 55,000 seats and added numerous amenities. The $75 million endeavor includes the expansion and renovation of Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field and the rebuilt Russ Chandler Stadium, Tech’s 4,157-seat baseball facility. The focal point of the project was the new North end zone structure, which seats 15,678 in two levels and also includes 10 luxury suites as well as the Howard Ector Letterwinners Lounge. The complex also features the 7,000-square foot Kim King Football Locker Room, a 3,300-square foot players’ lounge, the Jones Media Room, and football coaches’ offices that overlook Grant Field. The lower East seating area was rebuilt, and the new structure features 20 executive suites as well as 2,040 chair-backed club seats between the 25-yard lines and the Heisman Club Room, a private air-conditioned lounge for those patrons. The popular upper East stands remain in place with cosmetic improvements.
At the South end of Bobby Dodd Stadium, 2,970 seats were added in front of the Wardlaw Building, providing seating in the South end zone for the first time since 1985. The new South end zone seating and the lower levels of the East and North stands form a three-sided bowl. Construction began immediately following the 2001 season, with the first phase completed for the 2002 season, when capacity was 43,719. The first phase saw the completion of the lower bowl seating in the South, East and North areas of the stadium. A new natural grass playing surface and drainage system was installed, and the field was shifted approximately 30 feet to the north and 15 feet to the west. The stadium itself is mostly bleacher seating, but it offers plenty of room to move around. The concourse on the home side is wide with plenty of room to move, but the visiting side is much more prone to bottlenecks. There really aren’t bad seats in the house, and the upper deck is still relatively close to the field.
Inside the stadium, the atmosphere you’ll get offers even more of the unique classic college football pageantry. Student sections behind both ends zones erupt as the Ramblin’ Wreck leads the Yellow Jackets onto the field. The Yellow Jacket Marching Band is one of the more impressive bands in college football and puts on a great show. Overall, the pageantry of the Georgia Tech football game day makes a Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium an essential trip for the college football fan.
Fan Author: Chris Martin / Photo credit: Hillary
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