December 26, 2006
Atlanta - The Christmas break ending for the Georgia football team early Tuesday morning.
Head coach Mark Richt putting his Bulldogs through their first practice in Atlanta for Saturday's Chick Fil-A Bowl game against Virginia Tech.
Georgia will be the visiting team on the scoreboard but they should have home field advantage.
Not only because the game is being played in Atlanta.
But also it is their third game in the Georgia Dome in the last 12 months.
It will be the first game in the dome for Georgia freshman quarterback Matthew Stafford, who played at Texas Stadium home of the Dallas Cowboys when he was in high school.
Georgia coaches have been preparing him over the last few weeks for the noise and other factors that quarterbacks have to deal with inside a dome.
Georgia coach Mark Ricth points out one of those factors will be plenty of Virginia Tech fans.
Mark Richt said "We enjoy playing here that is for sure and I know the Georgia fans like being here to. In some ways it is home. I heard that Virginia Tech is bringing a bunch of folks too. I think the team that plays the best that is whose fans will be the loudest I am sure."
Stafford said "I am excited. It gets electric in here. It is going to be loud and it is going to be fun. I am just excited that I get to play."
Georgia is making their first appearance in the Chick-Fil-A bowl since 1998.