Sept. 9, 2009
Thursday night’s Georgia Tech-Clemson football game at Bobby Dodd Stadium promises to be special. With the Atlanta skyline serving as the backdrop, the atmosphere for this nationally-televised game promises to be electric.
If you are planning to attend Thursday’s game — and we certainly hope you are — then please take note of five things that will help make your experience as seamless and enjoyable as possible.
1. Leave home or work early — while the completion of the 14th Street bridge has helped, expect to add 15-30 minutes to your trip to campus because of traffic in Midtown and Downtown.
2. Parking – business goes on as usual on campus Thursday, so parking lots will be available beginning at 5:01 p.m. So, while we encourage you to leave home or work early, you may not want to arrive too soon.
3. Get to your seats early – kickoff is at 7:45 p.m., but the pre-game atmosphere should be outstanding Thursday night. Don’t miss the color and pageantry of the pre-game, come and enjoy our new MegaJacketron video board, the marching band, cheerleaders, and more. When the Rambling Wreck rambles on to Historic Grant Field, you will want to be settled into your seat.
“Our communication from Georgia Tech fans over the last week has been inundated with one overriding plea — that we encourage our fans to get into the stadium earlier,” Georgia Tech Associate Athletic Director Wayne Hogan said.
“Getting to your seat right at kickoff — or in some cases later — is not a great way to show support for our football team. This is especially important this week with a national television audience watching. This week especially, try to leave home or work early, enjoy Yellow Jacket Alley, the tailgating experience and then get into your seats well before kickoff. Let’s show Clemson and the rest of the nation that we are solidly behind our Jackets.”
4. Wear white — the student body approached us about making Thursday’s game a “White-Out” and we want to support their initiative as much as possible. Pick up a commemorative T-shirt at Tailgater’s Alley, or at least just wear something white.
5. One final request — cheer as loudly as you can, but demonstrate good sportsmanship.