Panthers Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Football

Head Coach: Shawn Elliott

Team Mascot: Pounce

Year Opened: 1992

Capacity: 24333

City / State: Atlanta / Georgia

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Modern Day Hate/The Battle for GSU

Rival Team: Georgia Southern Eagles

Despite the fact that Georgia Southern and Georgia State have only met on the gridiron once there is still a strong rivalry between the two schools that dates back to 1980s. The rivalry began on the hardcourt when both teams competed in the Atlantic Sun Conference from 1983 to 1992 and since then has flourished over the fact both schools want to lay claim to the GSU moniker. Georgia Southern has won the only meeting so far 69-31, but the Panthers hope to buck that trend this season.

Georgia and Georgia Tech

Rival Team: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Both of these big time programs have a slew of alumni in Atlanta meaning that a matchup between either one of them and Georgia State is sure to draw a big crowd.

Panthers Tailgate Guide


Fans line the Center Parc Stadium parking lots approximately 4 hours before kickoff and start firing up the grill in anticipation to cheer on their Panthers to victory. Student and alumni alike come out in full force to create a special tailgate party that has its own Georgia State flair.

The tailgate atmosphere of Georgia State is a unique party atmosphere that is still very family friendly. The fans here love to dance and shake as a way to motivate their team to victory. Dancing plays a major role in tailgating at Georgia State, which features a wide variety of dance circles where students and alumni show off their moves. If you love to dance then come on down to a Georgia State game and show off what you’ve got.


Olympic Cauldron

Make sure to check out the Olympic cauldron from the 1996 Summer Olympics when attending a Georgia State football game. It’s located in the parking lot outside the stadium, so snap a picture of the Olympic cauldron to remember your trip to Atlanta.

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The Panther Walk

The Panther walk is a chance to give the team a little extra inspiration before kickoff as fans have an opportunity to get up close and personal with the team as they enter the stadium. The walk takes place approximately 2 hours before the game when the band and cheer team leads the team into Center Parc Stadium. Come on out and meet your favorite players before they take the field.

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Pounce Town

This family-friendly area located on the concourse near Gate C is a great place to take the kids. It features a large array of inflatables, face painting, and many more great children’s activities.

Where to tailgate

Panthers Stadium Guide

In Game

Georgia State fans are very expressive when it comes to showing the passion and pride they have for their team. Panthers fans celebrate their team’s success by jumping up and down and making a ruckus. Even something as little as a first down is enough to get entire sections up and dancing at a Georgia State game.

One unique thing about attending a Georgia State Panthers game is that since the team plays off campus, there is not a ban on alcohol meaning that beer can be purchased at just about any concession stand in the stadium. The fact that alcohol flows freely at Center Parc Stadium helps create the raucous atmosphere that Panthers fans are known for. Come on down to Center Parc Stadium and grab a beer as you watch the Panthers take down the opposition.

Things to check out

Giant Coke Bottle

The giant Coke bottle from Center Parc Stadium is still here, so catch a glimpse of it when attending a Panthers football game. The Coke bottle is located on the roof opposite the scoreboard and is a must-see for anyone taking in a Georgia State football game.


On game days, you can see Pounce roaming the sidelines and entertaining fans of all ages. No matter how old you are, you’ll love catching a glimpse of Pounce at a Panthers football game.

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GSU Band

The GSU Band dazzles everyone in attendance with their impressive pregame and halftime shows. The band puts on an incredible show and is a big part of any Panthers football game making them a must-see for anyone attending a Panthers football game.

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Fight Songs

  1. Fight Panthers

    Fight, Panthers, to victory!
    Our voices yell.
    You’ll hear us mighty and strong.
    We’re from the ATL,  we’re gonna give ’em hell!
    Fight, Panthers, to victory!
    Drive on for the score. BLUE – WHITE, Georgia State is in the fight,  



    G-S-U, G-S-U, G-A-S-T-A-T-E, State!
    Repeat First 2 Verses

  2. GSU Chant


Panthers Bars & Restaurants

  1. The Varsity


    Whether you have a school group out on a field trip, or taking a tour group to see the Braves, The Varsity is the fun, fast, and delicious place to stop.

    61 North Avenue NW, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  2. Hooters


    Sports bar & grill chain famous for chicken wings served by waitresses in short shorts.

    209 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $

  3. Park Bar

    Park Bar

    Atlanta's Park Bar is famous for giving Detroit sports fans the most memorable experiences.

    150 Walton St, Atlanta, GA 30303


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $

  4. Hard Rock Cafe

    Hard Rock Cafe

    Rock ’n’ roll-themed chain with a high-energy vibe serving burgers & American classics.

    215 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA


    Bar website

    american - cafe - $$

  5. Sidebar


    Upscale sports bar (known for its Cuban sandwiches) with pool & games playing on multiple TVs.

    79 Poplar St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  6. Der Biergarten

    Der Biergarten beer

    Pretzels & other traditional German eats draw a crowd to this spacious beer garden & restaurant.

    300 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA


    Bar website

    european - $$

  7. Marlow’s Tavern

    Marlows Tavern

    Local bar & grill chain offering a classic setting for American pub fare & sports on TV.

    950 W Peachtree St NW #215, Atlanta, GA 30309, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  8. Atlanta Braves All Star Grill

    Atlanta Braves All Star Grill

    A one-of-a-kind restaurant, the Braves All Star Grill represents the intersection of Atlanta’s heritage.

    200 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  9. Elliott Street Deli & Pub

    Elliott Street Deli and Pub

    Pub serving deli sandwiches in turn-of-the-century building with patio & a live venue downstairs.

    51 Elliott St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  10. Smoke Ring

    Smoke Ring hotdog

    Rustic-chic smokehouse offering contemporary barbecue, Southern sides & cocktails in a sleek space.

    309 Nelson St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  11. Slice Downtown

    Slice Downtown

    Industrial-chic standby serving inventive NYC-style pizza & Italian bites with beer & wine.

    85 Poplar St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA


    Bar website

    european - $$

  12. Hudson Grille

    Hudson Grille

    Local sports-bar chain serving a menu of burgers, wings, steaks & seafood in a stylish setting.

    942 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  13. Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria

    Maxs Coal Oven Pizzeria pizza

    Downtown warehouse-type space where a coal-burning oven turns out crispy pies.

    300 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  14. White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails

    White Oak Kitchen and Cocktails burger

    Airy, modern-rustic hangout serving Southern-tinged New American fare & specialty cocktails.

    270 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  15. Alma Cocina

    Alma Cocina

    Inventive Mexican fare with regional influences & Latin-inspired cocktails in a stylish setting.

    191 Peachtree Tower, 191 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  16. Thrive


    American food, sushi & creative cocktails in a lounge-like dining room & bar with modern decor.

    Centennial Tower, 101 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA


    Bar website

    american - asian - $$

  17. Daddy D’z BBQ Joynt

    Daddy Dz BBQ Joyn

    Casual Southern destination with a wide variety of barbecue & sides dishes up huge plates of food.

    264 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312, USA


    Bar website

    bbq - $$

  18. Sun Dial Restaurant

    Sun Dial Restaurant

    Spinning hotel restaurant & bar with 360-degree views of the city & frequent live jazz.

    210 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$$

  19. The Brewhouse Cafe


    Atlanta's premier soccer bar.

    401 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  20. Dantanna’s Downtown


    Dantanna’s prepares everything from scratch and only uses the highest quality ingredients to ensure a memorable dining experience.

    3400 Around Lenox Rd #304, Atlanta, GA 30326, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  21. No Mas! Cantina


    Mexican food & margaritas are accompanied by that distinct Mexican vibe

    180 Walker St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  22. Allora


    Boutique hotel restaurant serving seasonal Italian dishes & drinks in a sleek, contemporary setting.

    361 17th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30363, USA


    Bar website

    italian - cafe - $$

  23. Paschal’s


    The most soulful food just for everyone.

    180 Northside Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$