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  • College Sporting Events in Atlanta

    Sports in Atlanta is serious business, especially collegiate sports. Walk down one city block and you’re sure to see at least a couple people decked out in their team colors and gear, and it doesn’t even have to be on a game day. Whether you’re in town for the big game or looking for a place to celebrate after a win, Atlanta has you covered.

    The Big Game

    We should really say “the big games.” Fall in Atlanta is a festival of football. Start the season with the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games at the Georgia Dome, where SEC schools are pitted against the top talent in the ACC and beyond. Past contenders have included powerhouses such as Alabama, Tennessee, Clemson, Georgia and Boise State. These games fall over Labor Day weekend each year, giving spectators even more of a reason to make a weekend getaway out of it.

    In October, head back to the Georgia Dome for the Atlanta Football Classic, a gridiron tradition staged between alternating historically black colleges and universities.

    As the season winds down, the action heats up. The SEC Football Championship is waged each December at the Georgia Dome and in recent years has served as a precursor to the national championship.

    But wait… there’s more! The Chick-Fil-A Bowl has long been a fixture in the NCAA Bowl season, and will be an even bigger game starting in 2014 as it was one of six games which will rotate as a semifinal game host under the new college football playoff system. The first semifinal game held at the Georgia Dome will be in 2016.

    There’s more to Atlanta than football though. Georgia’s capitol city has hosted numerous NCAA Men’s Final Fours, including the 75th Anniversary edition in 2013. The ACC and SEC also hosts its basketball tournaments in Atlanta on a rotating basis.

    Hometown Pride

    Yes, Atlanta hosts games with national appeal, but for Atlanta’s hometown teams, every day is a day to show your team spirit.

    Georgia Tech’s campus is located in Midtown Atlanta and fans can catch a football game at Bobby Dodd Stadium or take in some hoops at McCamish Pavilion. With Tech fielding teams in all major collegiate sports, you can rest assured there’s Yellow Jacket events happening year round.

    Georgia State University keeps downtown buzzing with Sun Belt Conference action during major sports seasons. From football and basketball to baseball and golf, the GSU Panthers will bring you to your feet!

    Atlanta’s HBCUs (historically black colleges & universities) field teams year round in major sports, as well. Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College all show their school spirit on and off the court around Atlanta.

    Find Your Cheering Section

    Are you coming to Atlanta, but don’t want to miss a minute of your favorite team’s game? Look for an alumni association in our city. Many alumni associations have active Atlanta chapters, and several of them host watch parties for their games. Find your alma mater’s group and make your vacation feel like a home game.

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