University of Georgia football fans will get their first glimpse of the 2017 edition of the Bulldogs this Saturday, when the Red team faces the Black team at the annual G-Day intrasquad game in Sanford Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. and admission to the game is free.
Stadium gates will open at 11:00 a.m. and festivities will begin at 11:30, when more than 60 Bulldog lettermen convene on the field for their annual alumni flag football game. At 1:00 the 2017 Bulldogs will continue the Dawg Walk tradition when they enter Sanford Stadium from outside the Tate Student Center.
G-Day has traditionally included a canned food drive in behalf of the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. This year, in lieu of bringing canned goods to the game, fans are asked to consider making monetary donations to the Food Bank at the United Healthcare display from 11:00 a.m. until kickoff. Donations will be accepted at Gates 6 and 7 and outside at Gate 10 underneath the bridge.
Additionally, fans will also be encouraged to help continue UGA’s drive to build a handicapped-accessible home for former Southern University football player Devon Gales, who suffered a career-ending spinal injury at Sanford Stadium in 2015. Donations can be made by texting “Devon” to the following number – (706) 204-1707 – or by writing a personal check, made payable to the Devon Gales House Construction Fund, and mailing to the following address:
1 Selig Circle
Butts-Mehre Hall, Room 402
Athens, GA 30603
Attn: Bryant Gantt
At halftime, fans attending G-Day can expect to be introduced to UGA’s incoming class of 2017 signees. Additional activities during a packed, 12-minute intermission include: the Region’s Bank Cash Catch, where two lucky fans will compete for cash and prizes by attempting to catch passes from Bulldog alumni QBs D.J. Shockley and David Greene; and the Academy Punt, Pass or Kick promotion, when one lucky fan will win up to a $500 gift card to Academy Sports & Outdoors, and additional fans could win $50 gift cards to Academy.
For the first time ever, Georgia’s coaching staff will present the annual Spring Awards on the field immediately after the G-Day game’s conclusion.
The G-Day game will be televised nationally on the SEC Network, with Dave Neal and UGA alumni Matt Stinchcomb (in the booth) and Maria Taylor (sideline) calling the action. G-Day will also be carried on much of the Georgia Bulldogs Sports Network from IMG. Scott Howard and Eric Zeier will call the action, with Chuck Dowdle providing commentary from the sideline.
UGA will use G-Day to implement the SEC’s Clear Bag Policy, which will go into effect at all SEC venues beginning this fall. The policy will also be in effect, beginning in the 2017-18 competition year, at all of UGA’s ticketed sports venues: Sanford Stadium, Stegeman Coliseum (men and women’s basketball, gymnastics) and Foley Field (baseball). More information on the SEC Clear Bag Policy can be found at: http://georgiadogs.com/clear-bag-policy.
A schedule of events for this Saturday follows:
• 11:00 – Sanford Stadium gates open
• 11:30 – Lettermen’s Flag Football Game kicks off
• 1:00 – Dawg Walk commences outside Tate Student Center
• 2:00 – G-Day intrasquad game kicks off
• 6:00 – UGA baseball vs. Vanderbilt at Foley Field