ATLANTE – Downtown Atlanta was packed Saturday as Georgia Bulldogs football fans celebrated a major win at Mercedes Benz Stadium, easily beating the Oregon Ducks.
For the fans who couldn’t sit in the sold-out stadium, they still showed up in force to cheer on their teams.
“You don’t even have to wait for a touchdown, now you can shout ‘Go Dawgs’,” said one UGA fan.
Thousands of people flocked to downtown Atlanta on Saturday for the Chick-fil-A kickoff game.
The Bulldogs easily gave their tail to the Oregon Ducks.
“Since we won the national championship, the season has started so exciting,” said a student.
Hudson Grille Downtown was packed with people cheering on their team and the fun started early.
“We had people lined up at the door an hour before opening,” said Lezonn Miller Sr., the managing partner of Hudson Grille Downtown.
Saturday’s match is the first game back for the reigning domestic champions. MIller says it’s one of the busiest days of the year, if not the busiest so far.
“Kind of like the first game where things seem to be normal and I think people are very thirsty for a normal football season,” he said.
Shirt and memorabilia vendors are also raking in cash on Saturday, especially as fans shop for new gear.
“They buy a lot of national championship jerseys, a lot of memorabilia that we sell here,” said Sabrina Holmes of Sports Mania.
After the UGA Bulldogs go duck hunting, Oregon fans hold on.
“Gotta show our support no matter what the ducks fly together baby,” said one fan from Oregon.
UGA fans, meanwhile, got their first taste of victory this season and they’re enjoying the moment.
“Wild, mad beauty,” said one woman. “The vibe is there.”