For decades the Georgia Bulldogs have played their games at Sanford Stadium, expanding the historic stadium over the course of 90 years. They will continue to play games at the famous venue, but it will now have a slightly different name moving forward.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Georgia Board of Regents announced on Tuesday that the stadium would be adjusted to Vince Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium. The name is in tribute to former Georgia head coach and athletic director Vince Dooley.
From 1964 to 1988, Dooley led the Bulldogs to six SEC titles, eight bowl wins, and an undefeated national title win in 1980. He served as athletic director from 1979 until 2004, during which the Bulldogs won another SEC title and nine more bowl games.
Per the report, the Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium will be officially dedicated on September 7 prior to Georgia’s home opener against Murray State.
Official: ‘Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium’
The Georgia Board of Regents approved a proposal today to name the University of Georgia’s football field after former head coach and athletics director Vince Dooley. pic.twitter.com/altmsy7iln
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Sanford Stadium first opened in October 1929, and had a capacity of 30,000 at the time.
The expanding popularity of football and the Georgia Bulldogs over the years has led to no fewer than eight expansions over the years.
The stadium now seats a whopping 92,746 people – making it the tenth largest stadium in the United States.
It was also one of the host sites for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.