Tailgating in Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game
GatorTailgating.com is doing a series of articles on where and how to tailgate at all of the Gator Football games. This is the seventh part of our series detailing where and what to look out for in Atlanta, Georgia for the SEC Conference Championship game. Go Gators!
- Where are the good and bad areas of town for motels to stay in the night before/after the big game?
There are too many pockets of bad areas in Atlanta to list them all. The best thing to remember is that you get what you pay for in Atlanta. If you pay $40 per night for a Hotel, you’ll get a questionable room that smells and a really uncomfortable bed. On the other hand, if you pay $100 per night, you’ll have a nice and clean room with continental breakfast to boot. If you aren’t looking to stay too close to the Dome, the Buckhead/Lenox area is really nice to look at.
- What are some attractions in Atlanta that a visitor shouldn't miss?
For a family, you won’t want to miss The Georgia Aquarium (GeorgiaAquarium.org), which has tons of beautiful ocean life. Another popular attraction is the World of Coke (WorldofCoca-Cola.com). You might also want to see Stone Mountain which is about 30 minutes outside of Atlanta. Theme Parks include Six Flags Over Georgia (SixFlags.com/OverGeorgia) and Stone Mountain Park (StoneMountainPark.com)
For the younger crowd that may want to visit some bars/nightclubs, these are some places you won’t want to miss, depending on your style:
Wild Bill’s (WildBillsAtlanta.com) – Brags about being the largest Country bar in Georgia
Halo Lounge (HaloLounge.com) – A trendy nightclub right off Peachtree St. Top shelf only.
Compound (CompoundATL.com) - Must see. Auto Dealership turned into a swanky club.
Moondogs – This is no nightclub. This is a bar that gives you that college-town bar atmosphere.
- Where should a visiting fan go to eat before leaving Atlanta?
If you love grease, you will love The Varisty (TheVarsity.com). It is the world’s largest Drive-IN and ir right off I-75 in downtown Atlanta. For Bar-B-Que, you won’t want to miss out on Fox Brothers BBQ Restaurant (FoxBrosBBQ.com). If you’d rather find a nice sports bar, you will love Stats (StatsATL.com). They are a newer sports bar and are just down from the Georgia Aquarium.
- Is there an area or a part of Atlanta that SEC fans usually congregate/tailgate?
When it is SEC weekend in Atlanta, football fans take over everywhere in Atlanta. The most popular spot on Friday and Saturday though is the convention center right next door to the Georgia Dome. They have the SEC Fanfare there and it is usually put on by Chikfila. It always is a lot of fun. Fans also go over to the CNN Center to drink a few beers during the day, but be forewarned: They don’t show football games on the TVs in the CNN Center even on game days.
- How much should we expect to pay for a parking spot?
Anywhere from $15-35 is normal. The parking garage spots are cheaper, but they are not as fun to tailgate in.
Here is an Atlanta Falcon Parking map for Gamedays at the Georgia Dome. Parking at the Gerogia Dome
- Are there any special rules we should know about tailgating in downtown Atlanta?
Just remember normal rules that apply most everywhere. Keep your alcohol in a cup and don’t be overly obnoxious. You most likely will not have any problems.
- Is there anything else you would advise fans of before heading to Atlanta to tailgate?
There is very limited parking on downtown Atlanta that isn’t in a parking garage. If you don’t want to be in a garage, I’d advise to get there before 10am for a 3:30 kickoff.
If you’re meeting friends downtown to tailgate and don’t have to carry anything in your vehicle, see if you can use the MARTA. (itsmarta.com). It will save you a lot of time, money, and aggravation.
- Any special advice for fans with RVs/Motorhomes?
RV Parking is available in the Yellow lot and Marshalling Yard located on the campus of the Georgia Dome. Parking will be available for sell online starting November 15, 2008. It will be available for sell at www.gadome.com. The lots will open Thursday, December 4th at 6 am. The lots will remain open until Sunday, December 7th. The cost is $80 per RV and $30 per car in-tow.
If you have any more questions, feel free to post them in the forums under Tailgating, and one of members will be glad to help you out. You can also check out these resources for more info.
http://www.gadome.com/events/2008secfootball.html - Official SEC Championship Game Information