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The Arch at The University of Georgia courtesy of http://www.beussery.com/

 

Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. the alarm begins to ring. I slowly turn over towards my phone to turn the alarm off. Inhale. Exhale. The covers get pushed to the side and I sit up with my feet now touching the floor. I walk to my closet to pull out my red game day dress and smile. It is Saturday in Athens and I get to witness the Bulldogs battle it out between the hedges.

After applying my makeup, perfecting my hair, and placing a small bulldog tattoo on my right cheek I take one last look at my game day outfit.  With a happy heart, I put on my red dress. Stepping into my black shoes I reach for my black purse and head out the door.

The time is just a little after 8:00 a.m. I now sit in my 1999 Honda Accord and start the engine. Upon exiting the driveway I make my way to the University of Georgia campus. Driving into a parking deck next to the Ramsey Center I find a parking spot and begin walking to the nearest bus stop. On my walk to the bus stop I pass a fellow Georgia fan tailgating and shouting, “Go Dawgs!” with a Bloody Mary in hand.

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The Ramsey Center at The University of Georgia courtesy of freshmancomposition.wikia.com

As I step on to the bus I am in good company. The bus turns right down River Road. As I look to my left I see Lamar Dodd School of Art and to my right I see North Oconee River. We make a right onto East Campus Road and there it is-

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Sanford Stadium at The University of Georgia courtesy of www.transit.uga.edu

Sanford Stadium in all its glory.

Everyone makes their way off the bus and disperse. Today my path takes me up to North Campus where I will meet up with friends to do a little tailgating before kickoff time at noon. Walking past the stadium, the journalism building, and the main library North Campus is suddenly within my site.

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Tailgating on North Campus at The University of Georgia courtesy of alivecampus.com

I now see dozens upon dozens of canopies with smoke rising in between each one. Each tailgate has a handful of Georgia fans with a beer in one hand and something grilled in the other. As I walk past several tailgates I hear fans discussing this seasons defensive tactics or who should really be calling the plays.

Upon arriving my friend’s tailgate, I am greeted with a smile, a hug, and a drink. Over the course of a few hours we consume delicious food and play corn hole.

My senses are on overdrive-

The amazing food.

The sea of red and black.

The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

The roar of Bulldog fans.

There is nothing that compares to tailgating at a University of Georgia football game.

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Sanford Stadium at The University of Georgia courtesy of alumni.uga.edu

Now it’s your turn! What was your tailgating experience like? Did you attend a university that has a good football team? Or was there a different sport that was the hot ticket on campus? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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