Sanford Stadium is the home for the Georgia Bulldogs. It is the 18th largest stadium in the world with a capacity of over 92000 spectators and in 1996 the venue hosted the soccer tournament during the Olympic Games.
Opened in 1929 and renovated twice along several expansions the stadium offers plenty of history and traditional feel, worth obtaining Georgia Bulldogs tickets for football.
As far as basketball goes around the campus, Stegeman Coliseum is the place to be. The multipurpose arena was taking part in 1996 Olympic Games hosting rhytmic gymnastics and volleyball. The venue opened its doors to public in 1964 and there is over 10000 seats available on the game day.
Football program arrived to Georgia in 1892 when the Bulldogs won their first game against Mercer University. Basketball arrived shortly after 1895 and participated in SIAA until 1921 when the program formed Southern Conference with 12 other teams.
Currently the Bulldogs are located in Southeastern Conference, Eastern Division of NCAA Division I.
The college’s colours are red and black and their mascots are Uga, a live English bulldog, that’s been part of the lineage owned by Sonny Seiler; and Hairy Dawg, costumed mascot that first appeared in 1891. Their main rivals are Florida Gators, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Auburn Tigers.
Football program has been gathering a lot spot lights through the years as the Bulldogs had claimed two national championships, leaving further four unclaimed. They have amassed 14 conference titles, 7 division titles and their combined Bowl game record is 28-19-3; the Bulldogs took part in nine Sun Bowls winning 4 games and their best success they had during Capital One Bowl winning 4 games out of 6 with tieing one.
The program has produced two Heisman Trophy winners; Frank Sinkwich and Hershel Walker who went onto leaving some imprint in the NFL books.
Sinkwich drafted 1st by the Lions went onto winning NFL MVP award in 1944 and he finished his short quarterbacking career with 19 passing and 7 rushing touchdowns.
Walker began his career playing in United States Football League before joining the Cowboys and then changing teams several times to finish career in Dallas in 1997. He was chosen to Pro Bowl twice as well as being named to Second- Team All- Pro.
Currently there is several Bulldogs in the NFL including players such as Justin Houston, who despite being drafted all the way down in 3rd round proved worthy on football field leading NFL in sacks in 2014, setting Kansas City franchise record in single season sacks along being picked four times to Pro Bowl and being named once to First Team All- Pro.
Basketball program always had to challenge the football success and spent some years in shadow of gridiron guys but it also had its bright spots like 1983 where they reached the Final Four or 1996 when the Sweet Sixteen was their best result. Overall the Bulldogs went to 12 NCAA Tournaments, won three conference tournament titles adding further two conference regular season championships.
The most known Bulldog in NBA is Dominique Wilkins, drafted 3rd by the Jazz in 1982 he played most of his career for Atlanta Hawks and is the franchise all- time scoring leader. He won two NBA Slam Dunk Contests during his famous rivalry with the MJ, he was once All- NBA First team, four times second team and had appeared in 9 NBA All Stars Games.
Georgia is definitely a football university but once in awhile the basketball programs produces a bright shining star that can change people’s thinking about the sport.