1. Mascot Mausoleum
The Mascot Mausoleum is a Georgia fan favorite. Inside it has all of the English Bulldogs who have ever served as the mascot, UGA. They are forever entombed in the mausoleum in the southwest corner of the stadium.
2. The Hedges
The privet hedges that encircle the field have been there since the stadium saw its first game in 1929. Charlie Martin, the Business Manager of the UGA Athletic Department at the time of the stadium’s creation, came up with the idea after visiting the Rose Bowl. Many other stadiums have copied this feature, but Sanford Stadium has the only one that surrounds the playing field.
3. How ‘Bout Them Dogs
During the 1978 season, the University of Georgia Bulldogs had some incredible come-from-behind victories in which this slogan surfaced. It gained national attention in 1980 when the Bulldogs won the National Championship.
4. “Krypton Fanfare.”
At the start of the fourth quarter, UGA fans hold four fingers in the air, and the Redcoat Band plays “Krypton Fanfare.” The crowd is on its feet and cheering for this UGA tradition.
UGA has some strict rules for tailgaters, like no tailgating before 7 a.m. and no alcohol on sidewalks and streets, in addition to the fact that lots around the stadium almost all require a pass. But tailgating still runs rampant around campus, especially along Milledge Avenue. If you want to be closer to campus, you can tailgate on the North Campus, but you cannot bring a grill, a table over six feet, or any amplified music
6. Ringing of the Chapel Bell
It’s a tradition that started in the 1890s when the football field was closer to the chapel. Freshmen were compelled to ring the bell after a UGA win until midnight. The first year students are no longer required to do it as many students, alumni, and fans rush to ring the bell.
7. Georgia Tech vs. Georgia
Also known as “Clean Old-Fashioned Hate,” this interstate rivalry is the battle of the best in Georgia. These two teams just do not get along, plain and simple. When Georgia Tech comes to town, you can expect fans to be at their rowdiest.
8. The “Dawg Walk”
UGA students, alumni, and fans line up and create a tunnel in the Tate Center parking lot to cheer on the players and coaches as they enter Sanford Stadium.
9. Glory, Glory (Battle Hymn)
Before home games, a Redcoat trumpet player stands in the southwest corner of the upper deck and plays a slow, solo version of Glory, Glory. After the solo is finished, the voice of late Larry Munson narrates a highlight package while the Redcoat Band plays the rest of tune, which Munson called “The Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation,” along with it.
10. Georgia vs. Florida
Georgia and Florida have also been meeting each other since 1915 and has been held in Jacksonville, FL since 1933, which makes this rivalry one of the few neutral-site rivalries in college football. This game attracts huge crowds and has earned the nickname of “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party,” making it one of the best and most exciting games of the year for both teams. The tailgate on this gem is wild.