This weekend, it's kind of a big deal. In case you hadn't heard, new head coach Kirby Smart wants a packed house of 93,000 to come out for the annual spring game, G-Day. Admission is free with the gates opening at 1 for a 4:00 kickoff. It's also always a big recruiting weekend for the Dawgs, part of why Smart wants a loud, filled stadium, and the new staff has been doing a great job on the trails so far.
But as anyone who comes up for a fall game day already knows, getting in and out of Athens when 93,000 show up at the bottom of Baxter hill is not easy. And it'll be made all the more difficult thanks to other comings and goings of a spring weekend in Athens.
Women's tennis, currently ranked in the top 5 in the country, will have their final two matches of the regular season hosting Florida Friday afternoon starting at 5 p.m., and South Carolina Sunday at 1, before heading to Baton Rouge for the SEC Tournament next weekend.
The Diamond Dawgs will welcome South Carolina to the Classic City as well, hosting the Gamecocks for a 3 game series Friday at 7, Saturday at 6, and then Sunday at 1.
Softball can be seen by those in and out of Athens this weekend, as the top 10 ranked Lady Diamond Dawgs host Tennessee on Saturday at 1 (on ESPN 2), Sunday evening at 7 (on SEC Network), and then Monday evening at 7 (untelevised).
But the big focus will be on Sanford Stadium at 4 p.m. with ESPNU televising the action, and when fans can get their first look at Kirby's coaching, as well as highly rated freshman like Jacob Eason and Isaac Nauta. As said above, gates open at 1, with an alumni flag football game getting underway soon thereafter around 1:15. The Dawg Walk will be at 2:45, with team warm ups and such starting shortly after they get off the buses.
Parking around Athens will be designated for specific areas, as usual, but there should be a good amount of free parking on campus. Campus parking lots will open at at 7 a.m., giving fans plenty of time to get their tailgate practice in for the mid afternoon kick off. It is requested to not use parking spaces for tail gates though, as there will be plenty of friends coming to fill in spaces around you, and residence hall parking won't be disrupted.
Normal rules apply, and locations for first aid and other vital needs will be as normal with concessions expected to be fully up and running. And as always, the downtown areas will be very active and full of life after the game, so dinner reservations may be advised.
With thanks to Prodigal Dawg below, normally they accept cans at G Day. But this year,...
Fans in lieu of bringing canned goods to the G-Day game, please consider donating to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia at the United Healthcare display from 11 a.m. until kick-off. Display is located across from the Main Gate of Sanford Stadium (underneath the bridge).
Are you ready to kick off the Kirby Smart era?