Georgia football has one of the best environments to play in among the entire SEC and country. Anyone who tells you that Sanford Stadium isn’t a daunting place has never been there, or for those players that have said it, they played when other circumstances were present. With head coach Kirby Smart in charge, the game day environment is top-notch, electric and intimidating.
Plenty of Tennessee folks don’t think this crowd noise will be a factor, but in all honesty, they are sadly mistaken. It does not matter if Neyland Stadium has 102,455 seats and Sanford Stadium has 92,746 — when the noise is against you, it can and will be a problem.
Anyone who thinks that the Georgia faithful won’t come ready to be as loud as possible on Saturday is in for a shock. For a noon game, Georgia fans hit 118 on the decibel meter. Ask Arkansas fans or players how that experience was. Heck, ask Sam Pittman because he knows. Brian Kelly knows how things went down when Notre Dame came to town and had to play in Sanford Stadium at night.
Georgia football has a weapon in the Sanford Stadium crowd noise.
This stadium and the fans inside of it are a different breed and on a different level. Tennessee fans have shown their strength at Neyland Stadium this year, but this top-3 matchup is in the Classic City, and that little Orange section won’t be much of a problem.
The Dawgs don’t pipe in sound to help make it louder — Georgia fans are just that noisy. When Smart called for the fans to be loud and to lose their voice for this game, these folks took that to heart. Home field advantage is crucial in these big-time matchups, and Georgia knows it has to happen to give them another weapon.
Tennessee’s biggest road game was in Baton Rouge at noon, and they handled their business with ease. However, that should not happen in Athens because the Dawgs are better than the Bayou Bengals. When Smart asks the fans to do something, we listen, and that stadium on Saturday may have to see renovations done to it after the Dawg fans finish fighting their part of the war.
No one should doubt what this fanbase and stadium can produce in terms of noise. Georgia fans are some of the most passionate, and this game is the biggest home game in recent years. If they can make118db happen against Arkansas at noon, imagine what the noise level will be in the evening against No.1 Tennessee?
Tennessee fans can doubt all they like, but Sanford Stadium is daunting and can produce a lot of noise. Georgia football knows how to handle itself on a stage of this magnitude, and when the clock hits 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, someone will think an earthquake hit the Classic City.