College Stadium Review: Stegeman Coliseum

Georgia Bulldogs basketball has had its moments over the years. They were in the 1983 Final Four which most college basketball fans remember as the Jim Valvano National Championship. The Bulldogs have been to the NCAA Tournament 12 times, 1983 being the first. Another great moment in UGA hoops was winning the SEC Tournament in 2008 as one of the bottom seeds. A tornado hit the Georgia Dome early in the tournament, forcing games to be rescheduled which meant Georgia had to win two games in one day and four in three days.

UGA's Stegeman Coliseum

UGA’s Stegeman Coliseum

Some of Georgia’s great players include Dominique Wilkins, Kentavius Caldwell-Pope, Litterial Green, Vern Fleming, Alec Kessler, Sundiata Gaines, Jarvis Hayes and Shandon Anderson.

The Bulldogs have also been to the NIT 12 times. Twice they have advanced to the semifinals and gone to Madison Square Garden, in 1982 and 1998. UGA had never been to a postseason tournament until 1981 and have now been to 24.

Stegeman Coliseum has been the Bulldogs home court since 1964. The old gym holds over 10,000 Bulldogs basketball fans and can be very intimidating for visiting teams. The arena is pretty small by SEC standards which means the seats are close to the court. It also holds in the noise very well. The student section keeps the noise at a fever pitch throughout the game and the Bulldogs also do a great job with the music, lights and pregame intros. You will enjoy the game while also enjoying your favorite concession items such as hot dogs, burgers, nachos, and Coke products.

A bulldogs basketball game is a great day out for your friends or family to attend with you. Stegeman Coliseum is on one of the South’s best college campuses which means it is a great place to hang out in the pregame and post game. There are many places to eat, drink and shop on campus so you will want to make a day of your visit.

The Bulldogs play in America’s best sports conference, the SEC. This means games with schools such as Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Missouri and Arkansas. This year’s home schedule includes games with Murray State, High Point, Oakland, Kansas State, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Auburn, South Carolina, Florida, Ole Miss and more.

With arch rivals such as Georgia Tech, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and Auburn coming to Stegeman this season, you will want to make multiple visits. The Georgia Tech and Florida rivalries are two of the most intense in sports. They are more known for their football games, but the rivalries translate well to the basketball court.

You will want to take in as many Bulldogs games as you can this season. The Bulldogs will be trying to get to the Big Dance for the second straight season in 2015-16.

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