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Georgia Bulldogs and adoring fans celebrate National Championship in Athens


The Georgia Bulldogs held a parade and national championship celebration at Sanford Stadium on Saturday, and fans claimed every one of the 92,746 seats. 

Thousands of spectators were able to see their Georgia heroes as the parade route traveled from the Georgia football complex on Pinecrest Drive down Lumpkin Street to the West End entrance for the customary “Dawg Walk” under Gillis Bridge. Fans were able to see, wave, and interact with the players, coach Kirby Smart, and his Bulldog staff as they rode trailers and other open-air vehicles in the parade.

Georgia athletic director Josh Brooks said tickets were given out to attend the celebration inside the stadium with UGA’s 16,000-person donor base receiving the initial tickets and the remaining tickets being claimed by non-season-ticket holders within an hour of them becoming available.

As the team and fans continue to celebrate the annihilation of their next-door nemesis, the  Alabama Crimson Tide, Coach Kirby Smart has more to celebrate. Smart earned $1.8 million in bonuses with the championship and other postseason accolades. He is expected to become the college game’s latest $10 million-a-year coach after a contract renegotiation is completed in the coming weeks. In addition to his bonuses, Smart’s regular salary this year was $7.1 million. 


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