Welcome to this week’s installment of the Game of the Week Game Day Guide which features an ACC matchup between North Carolina State and Georgia Tech. This is the first edition of the Game of the Week Game Day Guide and will continue each week for the rest of the 2010 football season.
The game is being played at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field in Atlanta. Built in 1913, Bobby Dodd stadium is the oldest on-campus stadium in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The stadium’s capacity is 55,000 with a record attendance of 60,316 set in 1973 against Georgia. The stadium was named after Georgia Tech’s legendary football coach, Bobby Dodd, who coached from 1945-66 and compiled an overall record of 165-64-8, winning the 1952 National Championship. Bobby Dodd Stadium offers fans rich tradition in college football’s past as well as window to the center of the South with the view of the downtown Atlanta skyline.
Game Day at Georgia Tech boasts a classic Southern college football atmosphere and a fan base filled with excitement and pride. Approximately two hours prior to kickoff, the Georgia Tech football team arrives at the North end zone of the stadium and walks down Yellow Jacket Alley receiving applause, support and words of encouragement from fans as they proceed to the stadium. The marching band continues to build on the pre-game excitement as they make there way to the stadium from Tech Tower playing the official fight song “White and Gold” as well as the fan beloved, “Ramblin’ Wreck.”
Georgia Tech fans would agree that a pre-game experience is not complete without a visit to The Varsity. Known as The World’s Largest Drive-in Restaurant, The Varsity is located across from Bobby Dodd stadium and according to thevarsity.com, the restaurant receives up to 30,000 visitors on Georgia Tech home football game days. The menu features hot dogs and hamburgers prepared a variety of ways and served with French fries and onion rings.
Prior to kickoff, the Yellow Jackets are led onto the field by the Georgia Tech student body official mascot, the Ramblin’ Wreck. The Ramblin’ Wreck is a 1930 Ford Model A Sport Coupe that debuted on Sept. 30, 1961 as it led the Yellow Jackets onto the field against Rice University. The team won, and the Wreck has led the team onto the field for every home game since that season opening win against Rice.
After a Tech touchdown and victory, listen for the steam whistle located next to the stadium. The easily recognized “Ramblin’ Wreck” song is sure to be stuck in fans’ heads throughout game day. College football fans visiting Atlanta for a Georgia Tech game will not be disappointed. This game day experience offers all the tradition and excitement a fan base could want. And if you want to make a Georgia Tech friend at the game, simply say, “To Hell with Georgia.”