Football players, students and fans of Georgia prepare for the celebration of the national championship in Athens
ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia football fans are still on top of Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship victory.
Many believe the excitement will continue throughout the weekend.
Athens will essentially shut down on Saturday to officially welcome the Bulldogs home.
The police will work hard to protect the crowded crowd from crime.
Athens-Clarke County Mayor Kelly Girtz said everyone was on cloud 9 after the win.
“It looks like the whole city is floating right now. Buildings, people, cars, everything,” Mayor Girtz said. “It’s a message of resilience. Working hard until the end and sticking with each other. That’s what keeps a strong team and a strong community.”
VICTORY PARADE OF THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP OF GEORGIA, CEREMONY SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND IN ATHENS
Officials expect thousands to flood the city in a sea of red and black for the championship parade.
With crowds comes security concerns.
The Athens-Clarke County Police Department is preparing to keep everyone safe.
“Enjoy the celebration, but celebrate responsibly,” Lt. Shaun Barnett said. “With the large crowds we anticipate, we are allocating a great deal of our resources to ensure it is a safe experience before and after the celebration.”
Barnett also said everyone in and around the Athens area should expect heavy traffic and road closures.
“There will be lane closures and staff will be assigned to traffic details to facilitate safe and efficient traffic. It will be one-way and some roads that are not normally one-way,” Lt Barnett said.
Earlier in the week, the city saw students and residents fill the streets with excitement.
“We had a bit of property damage and things like that on Monday night, so I just encourage those who are going to come out and celebrate to do so responsibly,” Barnett said.
Barnett says some will try to enjoy the good times.
“Make sure you secure your valuables and especially your firearms. Lock your vehicle doors and if you plan to stay late at night. Walk in groups. is not the case, walk in densely populated and well-lit areas.” Barnett said.
The goal of the weekend is to celebrate, have fun and be safe.
“What we know living here is that there is a great spirit of solidarity and a willingness to go all the way and that played out on the pitch,” Girtz said.
When and where does the parade and ceremony take place?
University of Georgia officials said the campus will open to visitors at 7 a.m. Saturday. Doors will open at Sanford Stadium at noon.
There will be a parade at 12:30 p.m. on Lumpkin Street followed by a “Dawg Walk” at 1 p.m. The official ceremony should follow.
How do I get tickets for the ceremony at Sanford Stadium?
All tickets are free and will be available to season ticket holders and UGA students Tuesday through Thursday via an online request form, athletics officials said.
The remaining tickets will be available to the general public on Thursday and Friday.
UGA Athletics plans to post details on social media channels and in line.
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