The stadium was named for the late Dr. S.V. Sanford, the school's former president. Sanford Stadium is the seventh-largest on-campus stadium in the country. In its inaugural game on Oct. 12, 1929, Georgia shut out national power Yale 15-0 in the Bulldogs first trip to the South.
Expansions in 2003 and 2004 added a second upper deck on the north side of the facility and 27 suites. Sanford Stadium also was home to the medal round for men's and women's soccer during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Uga, the live English bulldog with the white coat, is one of the more recognized mascots in the country. The various Uga mascots have appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, helped Herschel Walker celebrate the Heisman Trophy and attended the Final Four. Uga mascots are buried in the marble vaults near the main gate in the embankment of the stadium's south stands, according to the university website.
Georgia's Silver Britches were an innovation of coach Wally Butts. The pants and bright red jersey formed a striking uniform. The phrase really took off in the 1950s with banners and colorful vests that declared, "Go, you Silver Britches." Coach Vince Dooley re-designed the uniform when he arrived in 1964 and used white pants; however, he re-instituted the silver britches in 1980 just prior to what turned out to be Georgia's national championship season.
Games at Sanford Stadium are often referred to being played "between the hedges," a term dating to the 1930s when the Chinese hedges surrounding the field were just a foot high and protected by a wooden fence. The Bulldogs were often said to have their opponent between the hedges. The term supposedly was coined by legendary writer Grantland Rice.
Ringing the chapel bell is a Georgia tradition dating to the 1890s, when the stadium was just yards from the school chapel and freshmen would ring the bell until midnight to celebrate a Bulldogs' victory. Now, students, alumni and residents rush to the chapel to ring the bell after a football victory.