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Bulldog traditions

Five things you might see University of Georgia fans do:

1. Ring the Chapel bell. The Chapel bell can be heard throughout downtown Athens and North Campus, and is housed behind the Chapel. It originally tolled for class changes and other daily occurrences. Today, we ring the bell to mark athletic victories, academic accomplishments and other special occasions.

2. Attend the Dawg Walk. Two hours before every home football game, the Tate Center parking lot is filled with fans, cheerleaders and the Redcoat Band, who cheer on the football team as they do the Dawg Walk and enter Sanford Stadium through Gate 1. To remind the team that the whole of the Bulldog Nation is with them as they prepare to play between the hedges.

3. Visit the Arch. One of the more popular photo spots on campus, the iconic Arch is the symbol of the University of Georgia. The Arch was installed in the 1800s and still stands as the gateway between North Campus and downtown Athens. Its three pillars represent the virtues of wisdom, justice and moderation. Our students and graduates of UGA strive to embody these qualities in everything they do.

4. Call the Dawgs. Calling the Dawgs is one of the ultimate traditions that unifies Bulldogs all over. Here’s how you do it: Throw your arm up in a fist and wave it in a circle as you yell “Go” and hold the “o.” Next bring down your arm in front of you as you yell “Dawgs” and chant “Sic ’em! Woof! Woof! Woof! Woof! Woof!”

5. Loving UGA. It’s hard not to fall in love with UGA’s mascot, an English bulldog named Uga. Uga X, the current reigning Uga, received the title in 2015. He lives well in Savannah with his family and comes up to Athens for home games, where he has his own private suite at the Georgia Center and his own air-conditioned doghouse on the field at Sanford Stadium. Most years, fans have the opportunity to have their photo taken with Uga at Picture Day/Open Practice Day.

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