Your complete guide to the SEC Championship

ATLANTA — The Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide will face off in a highly anticipated matchup live in downtown Atlanta on Saturday afternoon.

Riding a 29-game winning streak, the Bulldogs will look to cement their spot as the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff. Should the Crimson Tide, win, it would make it possible, but difficult for the Bulldogs to make the playoff.

The No. 8 ranked Crimson Tide are coming off an improbable come-from-behind victory over the Auburn Tigers in the Iron Bowl.

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Stay with Channel 2 Action News and WSBTV.com leading up to the game as we bring you coverage of the SEC Championship Game. Coverage starts Saturday with an all-new Game Day on 2 at 11 a.m.

If you are headed to Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the game, here is what you need to know:


Although the game will be played inside, there is rain in the forecast that could impact tailgating or other activities outside the stadium on Saturday. Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Jennifer Lopez said there will be periods of heavy rain throughout the afternoon.

So if you are planning to tailgate, plan accordingly.


The gates at Mercedes-Benz Stadium will open at 1:30 p.m., two and a half hours before kickoff. Stadium officials recommend to not bring a bag to the stadium, for the quickest entry.

Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tickets are sold out with secondary market prices starting at $350, but SEC officials warn fans to watch out for counterfeit tickets.


There are several parking lots in the area that can be reserved ahead of time or paid for in person. To see all the different parking options, click here.


The stadium allows clear bags with dimensions of 12x12x6 or less. For nonclear bags, the dimensions must be 4.5x6.5 or under.

Here’s a list of items fans are NOT allowed to bring into Mercedes-Benz Stadium:

  • Alcohol, illegal drugs or harmful chemicals
  • Animals (except service animals)
  • Aerosol cans or pressurized containers
  • Bags that do not follow the Mercedes–Benz Stadium clear bag policy, including diaper bags and personal camera bags that do not meet clear bag policy specifications
  • Batteries: Loose batteries, or batteries not used in a working, permitted device will not be allowed into the stadium. Guests should be prepared to demonstrate the batteries operational use in a permitted device to security personnel upon request
  • Bottles, cans, glass and other beverage containers
  • Cameras with lens longer than 6″ (detachable or non-detachable) and camera bags that do not meet clear bag policy specifications
  • Chairs, booster seats, stools or other seating devices
  • Devices deemed suspicious by Stadium security in its sole discretion are prohibited. Guests should be prepared to demonstrate any device’s operational use upon request.
  • Food items
  • Hover-boards
  • Inflated balls, including beach balls, or any missile or object that can be used as a projectile
  • Knives of any length
  • Large Umbrellas – Must be under 33 inches to be allowed in the building
  • Laser Pointers
  • Lights
  • Masks related to health provisions are permitted; Other masks that cover or conceal identity are not permitted
  • Noisemakers, including but not limited to, whistles and horns
  • Pyrotechnics and fireworks of any kind including, but not limited to, flares, smoke bombs, or incendiary devices
  • Remote controlled aircraft or unmanned aircraft systems (drones)
  • Signs or flags (no larger than 3′ X 5′), shakers, pom-poms or any item with a pole or stick unless distributed by MBS as a gate giveaway
  • Thermoses/Cups
  • Ticket scalping
  • Trespassing, soliciting, peddling and loitering
  • Tripods, monopods and Selfie-Sticks
  • Weapons of any kind including, but not limited to, knives, pepper spray, stun guns, concealed weapons and firearms

For more information on what you can and can’t bring, click here.

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