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Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field
"The Flats"
BobbyDoddStadiumGTMiami2008.jpg
Former names Grant Field (1914-1988)
Location 155 North Ave., N.W., Atlanta, GA 30332
Coordinates 33°46′21″N 84°23′34″W / 33.7725°N 84.39278°W / 33.7725; -84.39278Coordinates: 33°46′21″N 84°23′34″W / 33.7725°N 84.39278°W / 33.7725; -84.39278
Opened 1913
Owner Georgia Tech
Operator Georgia Tech
Surface Grass
Construction cost $15,000 (original west stands)
$75 million (Latest expansion)
Capacity 55,000
Tenants
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (NCAA) (1913-Present)
Atlanta Beat (WUSA) (2001)
Atlanta Apollos (NASL) (1973)
Peach Bowl (NCAA) (1968-1970)

Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field is the football stadium located at the corner of North Avenue at Techwood Drive on the campus of Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. It has been home to the Yellow Jackets football team, often referred to as the "Ramblin' Wreck," in rudimentary form since 1905 and as a complete stadium since 1913. The team participates in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. It is also the oldest and winningest stadium in Division I Football Bowl Subdivision.

Bobby Dodd Stadium is named in honor of Robert Lee "Bobby" Dodd,[1] longtime football coach and athletic director at Georgia Tech. The field is named for Hugh Inman Grant, son of John W. Grant, a well-known Atlanta merchant and original benefactor of the stadium.

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Location

The stadium is located on the east side of the Georgia Tech campus,[2] across from freshman housing facilities and just a short walk to the campus library and fraternity/sorority row. The facility is located in midtown Atlanta, just off Interstate 75/85 (the "Downtown Connector"), across from the famed Varsity restaurant. The stadium's atmosphere is unique in its setting, with a picturesque view of the downtown and midtown Atlanta skylines looming overhead during games.

History

It was previously known as Grant Field (having been renamed Bobby Dodd Stadium in 1988), and in fact the playing surface itself, as opposed to the stadium, is still styled as such. It is the oldest continuously used on-campus site for college football in the southern United States, and the oldest in the FBS.[3]

Football has been played at the current site since 1905. In 1913, permanent grandstands were built for the first time, mostly by Tech students.[4][5]

Grant Field and the east stands around 1912

The stadium bears little, if any, resemblance to its original form, having been expanded many times. The original facility, roughly corresponding to the lower level of the current stadium's west grandstands, seated 5,600. By 1925, the west and south stands were completed, making the stadium a 30,000-seat horseshoe with an open north end. The west stands were rebuilt and a large press box was added in 1947, bringing capacity up to 44,000. The original all-steel 4,105-seat North stands were erected in 1958, and in 1962 and 1968 the upper decks were added to the East and West sides, respectively, bringing capacity to its all-time high of 58,121. In 1985 the South stands were razed to make room for the William C. Wardlaw Center, a modern field house and athletic office facility to replace the facilities in the old Heisman Gym, which was located just to the north of the stadium.

The current, modern west grandstand covers the old concrete one, which is still intact underneath. The high interstitial space is currently used for storage. Grant Field was occasionally used as a site for Atlanta Falcons games during the team's early years when it was sharing Fulton County Stadium with the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball and there were scheduling conflicts. The lighting was replaced in 1998.[6]

Following the 2001 season, a major expansion and renovation project was started, which was done in two phases in order to play the 2002 season in the stadium. For the 2002 season, seating was returned to the South end in front of the Wardlaw Center, and the original North stands and lower east bleachers were rebuilt and bowled in. After the 2002 season, the expansion was completed by adding a massive free standing upper deck in the north end zone. This addition of a north end zone upper deck brought Bobby Dodd Stadium to its current capacity. The new stadium was rededicated during the 2003 home season opener versus the Auburn Tigers on September 2, 2003.

In the summer of 2009, Bobby Dodd Stadium underwent a number of changes. First, the scoreboard was renovated and after completion, is now twice as big as the old scoreboard. Also, ribbon boards were installed in front of the Wardlaw Center, as well as along the sides of the stadium. Another change was the improvement of the sound system in the stadium. [7]

Notable games

Cumberland vs. Georgia Tech game at Grant Field

October 7, 1916: Georgia Tech 222, Cumberland College 0
In the most lopsided game in American football history, Georgia Tech, under legendary coach John Heisman, defeated Cumberland College 222-0. It has been said that Coach Heisman was repaying the Bulldogs for a 22-0 defeat the previous year in baseball in which Cumberland had used allegedly professional players to ensure victory. In any case, the Engineers (as the Georgia Tech team was known at the time) never threw a pass and never took more than four plays to score.

November 29, 1917: Georgia Tech 68, Auburn 7
This win marked the end of the first undefeated, untied National Championship season for the Yellow Jackets. In 1917, Georgia Tech would outscore opponents 491-17 in the midst of a 33 game undefeated streak spanning over 5 seasons.

December 8, 1928: Georgia Tech 20, Georgia 6
This was the culmination of Georgia Tech's second perfect season and National Championship, though the Yellow Jackets would go on to the Rose Bowl to face Cal in what would turn out to be a famous game itself. Georgia Tech played only two away games in its 9-0 regular season lineup hosting Notre Dame, Alabama, Auburn and Georgia. The main reason for this is that many of the other southern teams' stadiums were not as large or accessible as Grant Field in Midtown Atlanta.

November 15, 1952: #4 Georgia Tech 7, #12 Alabama 3
In one of the biggest games of Georgia Tech's third National Championship season, two of the highest ranked teams to ever face off on Grant Field saw Georgia Tech defeat Alabama in a closely matched defensive battle. Tech, which had already defeated #6 Duke would go on to defeat Florida State, Georgia and undefeated #7 Mississippi (in the Sugar Bowl) in the midst of a 31-game undefeated streak.

November 17, 1962: Georgia Tech 7, #1 Alabama 6
This incredible upset victory over top-ranked Alabama ended the Crimson Tide's 26-game unbeaten streak. Bobby Dodd called it his greatest victory as Tech thwarted Alabama comeback efforts by preventing a two-point conversion attempt and intercepting a Joe Namath pass deep in their own territory with just 1:05 left.

October 13, 1990: #15 Georgia Tech 21, #14 Clemson 19
Only two seasons removed from a dreadful 3-8 1988 season, Coach Bobby Ross had led his team to a 4-0 record to face the Tigers. The Yellow Jackets came out on top of this closely-matched battle and would go on to defeat #1 Virginia and #19 Nebraska in the Citrus Bowl for its fourth National Championship.

October 17, 1998: #25 Georgia Tech 41, #7 Virginia 38
In the second meeting between two highly ranked Georgia Tech and Virginia teams (the first being in 1990), Georgia Tech again came out victorious by the same score of 41-38 earning the Yellow Jackets a share of the ACC Championship. This time, Virginia missed a field goal in the final seconds prompting thousands of Georgia Tech fans to pour onto the field.

November 27, 1999: #16 Georgia Tech 51, #21 Georgia 48 (OT)
In the highest scoring game ever in the series, Georgia overcame a 17-point deficit in the second half to tie the game and appeared to be within easy victory after driving all the way to Tech's 2-yard line with nine seconds left in regulation. Rather than kick a game winning field goal, however, Georgia coach Jim Donnan called a running play that resulted in a controversial fumble by Jasper Sanks. In overtime, after holding Georgia out of the end zone, Tech attempted a field goal on third down, but was blocked. Tech holder George Godsey recovered the ball, however, and Tech's second chance at the kick was good. The Georgia Tech student section rushed the field and tore down the goal posts, chanting "To Hell With Georgia" to the tune the UGA fight song.

November 1, 2008: Georgia Tech 31, #16 Florida State 28
During Paul Johnson's first year as Head Coach, Georgia Tech had a 6-2 record going into the game. Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden had never lost to Georgia Tech in 12 meetings, since 1975. Georgia Tech fell behind by a touchdown twice in the first quarter, but pulled ahead in the 2nd quarter to finish the first half up 24-20. A third quarter touchdown put Tech up 31-20, but Florida State rallied back, scoring a touchdown and converting on the two-point attempt to come within three. On their final drive Florida State drove down to inside the five yard line. Florida State running back Marcus Sims dove for the endzone and was met by Georgia Tech freshman, Cooper Taylor, son of former Tech QB Jim-Bob Taylor. The football was knocked loose into the endzone and recovered by Tech freshman Rashaad Reid to secure the victory for Georgia Tech. Chaos ensued as fans swarmed the field after witnessing their team snap a 12 game losing streak to the Seminoles, Tech's longest to any modern team.

October 17, 2009: #19 Georgia Tech 28, #4 Virginia Tech 23
This win is the first time Georgia Tech defeated a top 5 team at home since it defeated No. 1 Alabama 7-6 in 1962. After the victory students rushed the field, tore down the North Goal Post, and carried it to Georgia Tech President George P. "Bud" Peterson's house. The victory launched the Jackets to #11 in the AP Poll. It also ended up as the game which won the ACC Coastal Division title which allowed the Jackets to beat Clemson in the 2009 ACC Championship Game and earn its first conference title since 1998 and its first Orange Bowl berth since 1967.

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Preceded by
first stadium
Home of the
Peach Bowl

1968 – 1970
Succeeded by
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
Preceded by
Miami Orange Bowl
Host of the
Drum Corps International
World Championship

1984
Succeeded by
Camp Randall Stadium

Simple English

Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field
"The Flats"
Former names Grant Field (1914-1988)
Location 155 North Ave., N.W., Atlanta, GA 30332
Coordinates 33°46′21″N 84°23′34″W / 33.7725°N 84.39278°W / 33.7725; -84.39278Coordinates: 33°46′21″N 84°23′34″W / 33.7725°N 84.39278°W / 33.7725; -84.39278
Opened 1913
Owner Georgia Tech
Operator Georgia Tech
Surface Grass
Construction cost $15,000 (original west stands)
$75 million (Latest expansion)
Capacity 55,000
Tenants
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (NCAA) (1913-Present)
Atlanta Beat (WUSA) (2001)
Atlanta Apollos (NASL) (1973)
Peach Bowl (NCAA) (1968-1970)

Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field is the football stadium at the corner of North Avenue at Techwood Drive on the campus of Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. It has been home to the Yellow Jackets football team since 1905. It is also the oldest stadium in Division I Football Bowl Subdivision.

Bobby Dodd Stadium is named in honor of Robert Lee "Bobby" Dodd,[1] longtime football coach and athletic director at Georgia Tech. The field is named for Hugh Inman Grant, son of John W. Grant, an Atlanta merchant.

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Location

The stadium is located on the east side of the Georgia Tech campus.[2] It is in the middle of Atlanta, just off Interstate 75/85, across from the Varsity restaurant.

History

It was first known as Grant Field (it was renamed Bobby Dodd Stadium in 1988). The stadium is the oldest continuously used on-campus site for college football in the southern United States.[3]

Football has been played at the current site since 1905. In 1913, grandstands were built for the first time, mostly by Tech students.[4][5]

The stadium does not look like it originally did. It has been expanded several times. The original stadium seated 5,600. By 1925, the west and south stands were completed, making the stadium a 30,000-seat horseshoe with an open north end. The west stands were rebuilt and a large press box was added in 1947, bringing capacity up to 44,000. The original all-steel 4,105-seat North stands were built in 1958. In 1962 and 1968 the upper decks were added to the East and West sides bringing capacity to its all-time high of 58,121. In 1985 the South stands were taken down to make room for the William C. Wardlaw Center.

The west grandstand now covers the old one, which is still underneath it. Grant Field was occasionally used as a site for Atlanta Falcons games during the team's early years when it was sharing Fulton County Stadium with the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball. If the Falcons needed to play a game at the same time as the Braves, they would play at Grant Field. The lighting was replaced in 1998.[6]

Following the 2001 season, a major expansion and renovation project was started, which was done in two phases in order to play the 2002 season in the stadium. For the 2002 season, seating was returned to the South end in front of the Wardlaw Center, and the original North stands and lower east bleachers were rebuilt and bowled in. After the 2002 season, the expansion was completed by adding a free standing upper deck in the north end zone. This addition of a north end zone upper deck brought Bobby Dodd Stadium to its current capacity. The new stadium was rededicated during the 2003 home season opener versus the Auburn Tigers on September 2, 2003.

In the summer of 2009, Bobby Dodd Stadium underwent a number of changes. First, the scoreboard was renovated and after completion, is now twice as big as the old scoreboard. Also, ribbon boards were installed in front of the Wardlaw Center, as well as along the sides of the stadium. Another change was the improvement of the sound system in the stadium. [7]

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