The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is one of the premier research and engineering schools in the country. Located in the heart of Atlanta, GA, this school produces some of the countries finest engineers. With 4 national championships, it has a storied football history and a passionate fan base. Here is what you will find when visiting Georgia Tech on game day.
Unlike many college towns, Georgia Tech’s campus and stadium are located in the heat of Atlanta. Right off I-85, the campus is incredibly easy to get to. If you are visiting, there are several parking options. There are multiple guest parking lots and decks throughout campus. If visiting, I suggest consulting GA Tech’s game day page to find the best solution for you. I parked in the AT&T deck across the interstate and walked over the bridge to campus. If you are planning on tailgating, I suggest parking in one of the guest lots on campus.
Tailgating occurs all over campus. Fans will park in pass lots and bring their tents onto the many grassy areas around campus. I was impressed with GT’s ability to keep a college campus feel despite its location in the massive city of Atlanta.
Like any southern school, game day attire will range from dresses and ties to jerseys and T-shirts. Wear whatever you feel most comfortable in, as long as it is gold or navy. There was a wide variety of great food to be found on campus. My favorite spread belongs to Cate and her husband Doug. Cate sent me an email a few months ago inviting me to check out her tailgate. I am sure glad I did!
Doug and Cate are experienced tailgaters who spend their game days split between Auburn and GT. Here are a few shots from her menu above.
For recipes and her take on game day check out Cate’s blog Tailgating Guru
For this game, GT was playing against the Miami Hurricanes. To “eat” the competition, Cate and her tailgate decided to drink hurricanes.
They were not alone.
Hurricane cocktails were a popular choice for many GT fans on game day.
Earlier, I spoke about GT’s prominence as an engineering school. This was clearly evident with the tailgating vehicles I saw.
This tailgating trailer was complete with 7 taps!
There were a wide variety of custom decked out RVS and buses.
Only at a school of engineers will you find a fully functioning fire truck turned tailgating vehicle.
There are many great tailgating vehicles on GT’s campus on game day, but everyone’s favorite is THE RAMBLIN’ WRECK!
This gold and white 1930 Ford Model A Sport coupe is the mascot of Georgia Tech.
About 2 and a half hours before kickoff, fans will gather on jacket alley to wait for the player’s to walk to the stadium. With player walks, the mascot leads the way. At Georgia Tech, the Ramblin’ Wreck leads the band and players to the stadium. If you are going to the game, make sure you arrive before kickoff so you can see the Ramblin’ Wreck lead the players onto the field. Here is what it looks like when the Wreck and the players make their way down Jacket Alley.
Have a blast tailgating at Georgia Tech. I look forward to my next visit.