Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium is now a reality.
While this has been in the works for some time now, Georgia recently made the decision to rename the field in Athens after legendary head coach Vince Dooley, it wasn’t until Tuesday that the Board of Regents unanimously approved the move.
The next time Georgia takes the field, the Bulldogs will be running out onto Dooley Field. The school plans to rededicate the field on Sept. 7 during Georgia’s home opener a week after opening the regular season at Vanderbilt on Saturday, Aug. 31.
Following the board’s vote, Dooley released the following statement:
“My family and I are appreciative of the unanimous approval by the Board of Regents supporting President Jere Morehead’s recommendation to name the Sanford Stadium field in my name. It is a tribute to all the players, coaches, University administration, support staff, band members, cheerleaders, and all the very special Georgia fans who bleed red and black.”
Dooley coached in Athens from 1964 until 1988, leading Georgia to a 201-77-10 record during that span. To this day, no Georgia coach has won as many games as Dooley. His teams won six SEC championships and the 1980 national championship.