Football fans at the Georgia Institute of Technology will soon see their favorite team on the field for the 2012 season. The Yellow Jackets completed training camp in August and appear to be in good shape for the start of the season. Several players missed training because of injuries, but none of them are serious enough to miss the start of the season. Last year’s top three technicians, Tevin Washington, David Sims and Orwin Smith, will return. The Yellow Jackets ranked 20th in the preseason poll of the top 25 players on the SI.com.
The first season at the Georgia Institute of Technology is scheduled for September 3 against rival Atlantic Coast (ACC) in Blacksburg. The Yellow Jackets will play their home game against Presbyterian College on September 8 at 19:00 ET. After this match, two major ACC rivals will arrive in the city. The Yellow Jackets are due to arrive in Virginia on September 15. Tech plays on September 22 during a family weekend in Miami. Middle Tennessee State University arrives in Atlanta on September 29.
On October 6, Ramblin Wreck will travel to South Carolina to face rival Clemson Tigers. Georgia Tech will be released on October 13. On October 20, Tech will host a Boston College home. Homecoming is scheduled for October 27 against Brigham Young University.
In November, the Yellow Jackets leave town to face two strong rivals. Tech will perform in Maryland on November 3 at College Park and in North Carolina on November 10 at Chapel Hill. Tech’s last home game will be november 17 against Duke, an ACC rival. On November 24, the Yellow Jackets will spend their traditional Thanksgiving weekend against Georgia in Athens.
Head coach Paul Johnson returns for his 5th season at Tech. His use of the triple attack led to a successful season at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Johnson was named ACC Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009. The Yellow Jackets annually hosted Johnson as their head coach. He led the team to an 8-5 record in 2011 and an appearance in the Sun Bowl.
Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium, located in the heart of the campus, is one of the oldest university stadiums in the country. Built in 1913, the stadium has grown several times over the years. The last renovation was completed in 2009 and the stadium can now accommodate 55,000 spectators. Football fans at the Georgia Institute of Technology can enjoy the Fan Festival on Friday night before home games in the center of atlantic station. The hatchback-style festival includes food and live music from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fans can see Tech cheerleaders and enjoy the Yellow Jacket Marching Orchestra. Entry to the event is free.
Sherron Keines-Hodge is a sales manager at the Hampton Inn and Suites Atlanta Airport. The Hampton Inn and Suites Atlanta Airport is located north of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and southwest of downtown Atlanta. The hotel is located two and a half miles from the Georgia International Convention Center and four miles from the Atlanta Convention Center.