America’s Best College Football Towns

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Cheering on the home team is a fantastic way to spend a Saturday. Go ahead and make it a weekend in one of these 15 great college football towns.

Athens, Georgia

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Athens is one of the bigges must-visits on this list, if only because the Georgia town’s music scene is as robust as its football culture: REM, the B52s, Widespread Panic, Of Montreal, and Vic Chesnutt all got their start in Athens. Be sure to catch some live shows at the legendary Georgia Theatre (the original burned down in 2009, but with the help of fans was rebuilt shortly thereafter, complete with a new rooftop restaurant) or the 40 Watt Club. Other music to hear in Athens? The University of Georgia Chapel Bell, which rings for hours after Bulldogs victories—a common occurrence, as the ‘dawgs have enjoyed success under coach Mark Richt. The town’s population swells on game days; join the tailgating fun on North Campus, between the arch and the library, and if you don’t have a ticket to the game, the 80 or so bars in a three-block radius nearby should offer some prime viewing real estate: try Allgood, Boar’s Head, or iconic dive Nowhere Bar.

America’s Best College Football Towns

Athens, Georgia

Athens is one of the bigges must-visits on this list, if only because the Georgia town’s music scene is as robust as its football culture: REM, the B52s, Widespread Panic, Of Montreal, and Vic Chesnutt all got their start in Athens. Be sure to catch some live shows at the legendary Georgia Theatre (the original burned down in 2009, but with the help of fans was rebuilt shortly thereafter, complete with a new rooftop restaurant) or the 40 Watt Club. Other music to hear in Athens? The University of Georgia Chapel Bell, which rings for hours after Bulldogs victories—a common occurrence, as the ‘dawgs have enjoyed success under coach Mark Richt. The town’s population swells on game days; join the tailgating fun on North Campus, between the arch and the library, and if you don’t have a ticket to the game, the 80 or so bars in a three-block radius nearby should offer some prime viewing real estate: try Allgood, Boar’s Head, or iconic dive Nowhere Bar.

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