Clarke County

National Championship parade: What roads will be closed and when?

If you want to head to Athens or are already in Athens and want to attend Saturday’s championship parade for the Georgia Bulldogs, you are going to need to get in place early.

The event is just five days after the Bulldogs won their first National Championship since 1980 with a 33-18 win over Alabama.

The university plans to open campus at 7 a.m. and for those with tickets, the stands in Sanford Stadium will open at noon.

Watch Bulldogs Gameday Saturday LIVE on Channel 2 beginning at 11 a.m. for all of the preparations ahead of Saturday afternoon’s parade.

With the parade starting from the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall on Lumpkin Street at 12:30 pm. and heading roughly 5-6 blocks north to the football stadium for the pre-ceremony “Dawg Walk”, roads will be closed in and around the area in advance.

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There’s no detailed list of road closures because the area impacted is not large. You should expect a busy traffic morning in and around the campus in Athens.

The UGA Football Twitter account tweeted a photo map of the parade route.

You won’t be able to get on Lumpkin Street from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

For those of you not familiar with campus the area we are talking about is between Rutherford Street to the south and Baxter Street to the north. In between that area is where the parade and “Dawg Walk” will be taking place.

You won’t be able to drive through there for roughly an hour.


Once the celebration makes it into Sanford Stadium, there will already be fans and students present. For those leaving after the event, there should not be any roads blocked off.

Channel 2 Action News will be your only TV and online source for the celebration inside Sanford Stadium. We’ll have LIVE Team 2 Coverage starting with Bulldogs Gameday at 11 a.m., continuing on Channel 2 Action News at Noon and LIVE coverage of all the events throughout the afternoon.

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