Ultimate Kid-Friendly Guide to College Football in Metro Atlanta
Head to one of these college football games around Atlanta, or take a short trip to Athens for a fun-filled time.
Visit the old home of the Atlanta Braves, and the new home of the Georgia State Panthers. Pounce Town offers inflatables, games, face painting and other fun activities for children. Open every home game, 90 minutes before kickoff. Kids can join the Pounce’s Kids Club ($20 per child; $10 for each additional child) for benefits, gear and access to special events.
Home Games: 10/19 Army; 10/26 Troy; 11/16 Appalachian State; 11/23 South Alabama.
Getting There: Fans are encouraged to purchase parking in advance ($10-$20), prices increase on game day ($20 cash only). There are lots surrounding the stadium, and you can find parking maps at georgiastatesports.com under the tickets tab and under the football heading.
How to Score Tickets: Single game tickets range from $20-$25. Ages 10 and younger receive free admission to games, but still require a ticket. Ages 2 and younger don’t need a ticket.
Drive northeast from Atlanta to Sanford Stadium in Athens for Georgia Bulldogs games. Arrive early and watch the team and band walk into the stadium at the Dawg Walk two hours before the game. Read our guide to Athens with kids before visiting for tips on where to stay and what to do beyond football.
Home Games: 10/19 Kentucky; 11/9 Missouri; 11/23 Texas A&M
Getting There: Free parking is available in some areas of campus (Intramural Deck and some areas on East Campus) on a first come first served basis. Parking for a $20 per game fee is also available in the Ramsey Center Complex, Carlton and PAC Complex decks on a first come first served basis.
How to Score Tickets: Home game tickets start at $55 and up (no discounts for age). We recommend choosing seats with backs for more space for kids.
Head to Bobby-Dodd Stadium to root for the Yellow Jackets at a home game. The Junior Jackets Kids’ Club ($30 per membership and up) is for ages 12 and younger with perks and special events for joining. Benefits include a Junior Jackets visor, complimentary concession at select games, free tickets to select games and more.
Home Games: 11/2 Pitt; 11/16 Virginia Tech; 11/21 NC State; 11/30 Georgia
Getting There: You can purchase guaranteed parking in advance or find a lot close by when you arrive and pay in person (prices vary by lot). For MARTA, the North Avenue station will get you the closest.
How to Score Tickets: Out of conference games are the cheapest, so try and score tickets earlier in the season. Single-game tickets for the Yellow Jackets’ home games start at $20 per seat. If you want to attend multiple games, purchase season tickets or Stinger Mobile Passes for groups of tickets. Ages 2 and younger don’t need a ticket.
For smaller-scale games, but still packed full of fun head to Morehouse College. Kids will get the opportunity to feel right in the action with how close the field is to the seats.
Home Games: 10/26 Benedict College; 11/9 Clark Atlanta
Getting There: All visitors to the campus should park in the deck located at the Westview Drive entrance of campus. 2 hours-24 hours, parking is $3 per car.
How to Score Tickets: Tickets are $15 (homecoming is $25) and can be purchased at the stadium.
Wear black and yellow and cheer on this college team in Kennesaw. Families can visit the Fan Zone open prior to each game with activities and the Owl Walk (welcoming of the players) happening two hours prior to kickoff.
Home Games: 10/26 North Alabama; 11/2 Monmouth; 11/23 Gardner-Webb
Getting There: Lots are offered for pre-sale and day-of parking. These include the Grey Lot (pre-sale only, $10) and Black Lot (day-of, $15).
How to Score Tickets: Single game tickets range from $10-$50. The three-game mini-plan ranges from $75 to $150. Ages 3 and older need a ticket; ages 2 and younger, free.
Cheer on Clark Atlanta at Panther Stadium.
Home Games: 10/19 Savannah State; 10/26 Fort Valley State
Getting There: The visitor’s parking deck (Clark Atlanta University Parking Deck) is located behind the student center at the intersection of Mildred Street and Atlanta Student Movement Boulevard. $5-$20 depending on game.
How to Score Tickets: Tickets are $10-$15 and can be purchased at the stadium.
Try a Pass or Tackle at College Football Hall of Fame
Visiting the College Football Hall of Fame is a fun way for families to learn about college football players, team history and much more through giant touch screens, a playing field and out-of-this-world displays. Your family can experience one of our cultural pastimes in a setting that is the next best thing to being on the field. Each person who steps into the Hall of Fame receives an All-Access Pass, which allows for videos and selfies to be instantly stored.
Tips for Attending Football Games with Kids
Dress for weather: It can be very hot in September when the season begins. Bring plenty of water if you can or buy a large drink to split at the beginning of the game. If you have the choice, try to buy seats in the shade. Also make sure you have sunscreen, hats and eye protection.
Tailgating: When attending a tailgate, bring games for kids to keep them entertained. This can be a football to toss back and forth, toys for younger kids, corn hole and foods to snack.
Bring ear protection: The sounds of football crowds can be overwhelming for younger kids. Consider kid-focused ear protection such as a pair of earmuffs that are made to fit kids.
Arrive early for pregame events: There are often family events surrounding football games: kid zones with jump houses, places to see the players walk in and mascot meets. Check team websites and social media for information before the game.
Bag rules: Rules differ by stadium, but be aware most have rules for bags being a certain size or being completely clear. Check websites for information before the game.