Going to Georgia Tech Game - Looking for Advice

My gf and I are meeting up with my three oldest and best friends for the game at Georgia Tech on November 11th. Two are fellow VT grads (1980) who I've known since our days growing up in Springfield, VA. Our host lives in Milton outside of Atlanta and also graduated with us from West Springfield High in 1975. He's a Terp, but a great guy nonetheless. Needless to say, it will be a hard-partying few days, and I can't wait.

We're looking for 7 tickets to the game. Evidently the VT sections of Dodd Stadium are sold out (sections 130 & 131). There are some tickets in 132, but that also seems to be in or right next to the GT student section. We can try to get better tickets closer to the 50 yard line, but does anybody know what the GT home game experience is like? Any recommendations on where we should try to sit?

Also, does anybody know about tailgating or pre-game bars that are friendly to Hokies?

Thanks in advance!

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STATS is an excellent sports bar downtown where you get a tap at the table and pay per ounce. Its an OK distance from the stadium. Parking is easy just have cash on you.

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If it's a night game (which I feel like it will be) you should go to the aquarium in the morning. Not the typical tailgate activity but it takes a few hours and is amazing.

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If it's a night game (which I feel like it will be) you should go to the aquarium College Football Hall of Fame in the morning. Not the typical tailgate activity but it takes a few hours and is amazing.

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Yes the aquarium is amazing. Fun fact, If you are a certified diver you can dive the large aquarium and they provide all your gear.

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You can do CityPass and go to the Aquarium, do the CNN Studio Tour, the World of Coke, the College Football Hall of Fame, and a few others for a reasonable price. We did all those things plus a tour of the Georgia Dome and were done by 5 so if it's a night game there's plenty to do.

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As a 404 resident, warthog is correct in getting the citypass to access all of that at a reasonable price.

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Go to Cypress Pub, at the corner of 6th and Cypress. House IPA's are $3 each (sweetwater IPA and Harpoon are the two house beers - they have a good beer list if you don't like IPA's) - it's a good neighborhood watering hole that's about a 15 minute walk from the stadium. When VT plays GT, it typically fills up with VT fans on gameday.

We also have plenty of really good, really inexpensive breweries in Atlanta. None (at the moment) that are in walking distance to GT's stadium, but worth the visit nonetheless.

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I already have seats in 132 (Row 3) and sit there every year for Techmobowl when it's in Atlanta. I can attest that this section is majority VT-centric, but it is literally an enclave into the GT student section, so sit as close to the field as possible and you'll be amongst friends. But beware, you want to try to find seats that hug the corner because GT students often end up walking down into the section as their stands fill up. The last go-round, they had a security guard in section 132 checking tickets, which helped alleviate the situation, but it's definitely a legit concern if they don't.

As per getting 50-yard line seats, if you choose to, I recommend sitting higher up in the upper deck in the east stands because there are a lot of VT fans, especially closer to the ends of that section. The lower level on the visitor side toward the northeast end of the stadium (red circle) is fraternity row, packed with young drunk dorks in blazers and ties. You DO NOT want to sit here. I have also circled section 132 in green to see what you're working with if you go with those seats. Also, the west side of the stadium is largely a smattering of old GT alums (and I do mean old -- ancient 80+ year olds) and VT fans mixed together, so it's not a bad time. I just warn against sitting on the lower east side near the north end zone. You will hate it. HATE IT.

As far as tailgating goes, you have several options, most of which are shitty. I have lived in Atlanta my entire life and there's really no other way around it; if you're tailgating before a GT game, you're either A) in a parking deck; B) in a parking lot that will soon be turned into a parking deck; or C) lucky to find some green space to park upon. That being said, I have a money spot that is a PRIME LOCATION. The only problem is that I'm not sure if it's still available. See, I have a buddy who is a GT alum who goes to every home game. He told me a couple of weeks back when we were chatting about the game that last season (the season betwixt the last Atlanta-based Techmobowl) my prime tailgate spot located behind the Blank Family Foundation YMCA on Luckie Street (circled in green) was only open sporadically for some reason. If this location is indeed open, it's the best. It's right across the street from the stadium, you have a place to piss (especially if the ladies are coming with you) at the YMCA and/or school, it's on grass in the heart of the concrete jungle, it's easy to get out of, and all proceeds go to help out the nearby school and YMCA. Plus, the lot is largely populated with Hokies. If this place isn't open for this game, then I too will be looking for somewhere to set up camp.

Also, I live in Roswell right around the corner from Milton. Let me know if you want restaurant recommendations while you're up here in the burbs!

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The lower level on the visitor side toward the northeast end of the stadium (red circle) is fraternity row, packed with young drunk dorks in blazers and ties. You DO NOT want to sit here

LOL. I can't tell you how many times I've seen GT students trying to start fights with VT fans when it comes to areas near the student sections.

Outstanding...exactly what I was looking for! We'll look for seats in 132.

Yes, 3 of us will have our wives/gf's with us. We're coming in on that Thursday, and will probably hang at his house that night. He is proposing a Roswell pub crawl on Friday night. He did bring up College Football Hall of Fame & the World of Coke (my solo friend is hoping to score some blow there...ha ha) as options, but not sure the girls will be that interested and it depends on how hung over we will be.

Maybe we can connect when we're down there...

Thanks again!

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Really appreciate all the info here.

Is row 19 of section 132 dangerously close to the students?

I'm afraid so, my friend. The good thing is that GT students are generally meek, mild, nerds to the core. The other good thing is that VT fans tend to overtake that section en masse, and thus you're highly likely to be in good company. I have taken the liberty of using MS Paint to put a box around where Row 19 is located. There are only 22 rows in that section, so I counted down a few. Good seats for sure, but you'll be in the mix with the nerds.

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I was sitting in that corner back in 2004. The neighboring student section was just all over us the whole game while GT built up a 20-12 lead with just five minutes to go.

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and this...

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...and then the students got quiet and the good guys went home happy.

That final play was debated for some time. My opinion was that the VT player would have recovered if not for the whistle.

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From a tailgating perspective, we've always tailgated in the Varsity parking lot and there always seems to be plenty of VT fans there. Get there early, though. It's an easy walk to the stadium from the Varsity...there's the 3rd St. Tunnel that goes under the 75/85 connector right to the stadium.

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Well, he was advising someone looking for things to do in Atlanta to burn it down. Sherman hits the nail on the head perfectly.

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Now, Milton. Just pass.

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I'll be going with a couple of friends that I live with in Midtown. I know the Atlanta Hokies Alumni Association usually has a tailgate. It looks like their tailgate is on campus which isn't a bad walk to the stadium.

You can read more information here: http://atlantahokies.com/tailgate/

Looks like food, drinks, and maybe special visitors! I also totally agree with going to Cypress and/or STATS before the game.

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- Gameday experience at GT sucks. I used to live in Atlanta and I went to the game where we wore the Hokie Stone helmets. It isn't a great football environment.
- I went to a bar close to the campus (forgot the name) and then headed over the to alumni association tailgate. That was a good time
- As someone mentioned, go to the CFB hall of fame if you have time. It is worth it.
- I believe MARTA goes pretty close to GT, so you could always hang out in Decatur, Mid Town, or Buckhead and then take the train in.

I went to the 2015 game - had lunch at The Varsity then ventured over to a nearby bar called Publik Draft House and posted up there until it was time to head to the game. It wasn't anything special, but it was fine and close to the stadium. There were only a handful of folks in there when we arrived in early afternoon, but it was packed by gametime- plenty of Hokies as well as GT fans.

I'll also second what others have said about the CFB HOF. Worth doing, even if the ladies are only casual football fans. If nothing else, I'm sure they'll enjoy laughing at you guys trying to kick FGs in the indoor field area.

I drilled my FG in there bare footed (I was wearing flip flops that day). I asked if I could move back to kick a longer one, but they do not allow anyone to go back past where the nets begin.

I'm also going to the game in Atlanta. It's become a tradition recently with my brother (GT grad) to go to the techmobowl every year wherever it's being played. I'm hoping to sit somewhere in the east stands in the upper deck, and we'll probably tailgate at my brother's house in Inman Park beforehand.

Hoping for a good game - this could be a huge game especially if we beat Miami the week before.

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I'm headed to the game as well with my wife and 4 kids in tow. We live in Columbus at the moment, about 2 hrs south. Hopefully it's either a 3:30 or a night game so we can go up get lunch or something then head to the game. Will use the above mentions for seats though.

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My personal suggestion (as a non-404er but someone who has been to Atlanta a decent amount between work and VT games) would be either midtown (close to GT stadium, decent restaurant/bar selection) or downtown (puts you closer to aquarium/CFB HOF/World of Coke/Centennial Park/other things you might want to do and still only a mile-ish from the Bobby Dodd Stadium). I booked a room a few weeks ago and rates were very reasonable.

There's a Hilton Garden Inn right at the corner of 10th and I85/75. There's also a Hyatt further down 10th street. Both are within a mile or two of GT's stadium, and walking distance to a bunch of other fun stuff.

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One suggestion. Antico's pizza, which is close to GT. You would probably need to drive to it and it is street parking, but the pizza is awesome. Seriously the best I've ever had.

Personally, I prefer Ammazza's, which is a bit more intown than Antico's. But Antico's is BYOB, so there's that.

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My wife and I will be going as well! Where would lower sideline 128 Row 13 seats 11 & 12 be? Any Hokies sitting in that area? My worst fear is being surrounded by GT fans.

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You're on the 20-yard line behind the VT bench. The SeatGeek picture below is taken from about 5-7 rows above where your seats are. You're in a good spot as the VT visitor section is over to your left. You're in the part of the stadium where fanbases mingle but you're still far away from the aforementioned frat row.

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Great news! I appreciate the help! She bought the tickets without saying anything and my first thought was "oh please don't be in a bad section." Hopefully we can sit amongst some VT peeps

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Thanks everyone for the great recommendations...TKP is such an awesome community! We did get our seats in Section 132, rows 18 & 19.

I assume Dodd stadium doesn't serve alcohol during the game? Does anybody know how easy (or hard) it is to BYOB?