Tips and Notes for Those Traveling to the Peach Bowl
Michigan State Football and its fans will travel to Atlanta or watch TV to cheer on their Spartans as they play Pitt in the Peach Bowl.
I recently went to see Georgia play in Alabama in the SEC title game and here are some helpful suggestions and tips for Michigan State fans heading to Atlanta to watch the Spartans take on the Pitt Panthers in their game. New Year’s bowl.
Take a long walk through downtown Atlanta
Atlanta is not a huge city and although it can be hilly at times, it is a great city on foot to see and take photos with your friends and family. Right next to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, less than a mile away, you will find plenty of places where you can see and take photos.
CNN and Coca-Cola are headquartered nearby and you can also take a stroll through the Centennial Olympic Park. There’s also a 20-story Ferris wheel called Skyway Atlanta that you can walk around to get a view of the entire city.
Coca Cola: https://www.worldofcoca-cola.com/purchase-tickets/
Skyview Atlanta: https://www.skyviewatlanta.com/tickets
Attractions for you and the family
The Georgia Aquarium is not far from the stadium, and December 29 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET is fan night and you can get discounted tickets if you buy by December 26. It is considered one of the top 10 aquariums. in the USA.
While you’re in Atlanta and if you’re into basketball, you can catch a Hawks game as their arena is right next to Mercedes-Benz Stadium. However, their only home game will be on December 27, so if you’re in Atlanta by then you can buy tickets and see one of the most entertaining basketball teams in the NBA at State Farm Arena. .
If you’re up for a Lyft or Uber, you can take a short drive to the Atlanta Zoo. There they have the IllumiNights where you can walk around and see and discover over 80 animal lanterns depicting some of Earth’s most charismatic creatures.
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Game Day Parade is not like the Rose Bowl Parade, but it will be an event worth attending. It takes place on December 30 from one to two and the event is free and ends at the Fan Fest event.
The best places to eat that are less known
Especially if you are staying at one of the many hotels on Peachtree Street, Meehan’s Public House Downtown is a reasonably priced restaurant, usually not crowded and without long lines. They have great burgers and a great menu which whatever your favorite culinary taste has something for everyone.
If you are willing to take a Lyft or an Uber for a short drive, I recommend going to the Ponce City Market for something to eat. They have several unique restaurants to dine in, many of which are partially outside. One restaurant in particular that I recommend is Minero’s which offers quality Mexican food at a reasonable price.
Finally, if you like pizza, Carlo’s Pizza is open late and serves good pizzas. It’s located just at the bottom of Skyview Atlanta and is definitely a place to grab a quick meal while walking around downtown Atlanta.
Unmissable places to visit and discover
The College Football Hall of Fame which is located right next to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a must-see in the city center. It’s priced a bit higher than you might imagine and it’s not as big as you might think but it’s a place to visit and they have some interactive things you can do and participate in and at the end of your self-guided tour, you may attempt to hit a basket before you leave.
Fanfest at the Georgia World Congress Center will be by far the first thing you should do for a variety of reasons. If this is something like the one I attended for the SEC Championship, there will be plenty of activities, free giveaways, and interactive events to participate in. It will be December 30 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET and the price is reasonable at $ 10. The Georgia World Congress Center is right next to the stadium and the Fanfest will be fun for all ages.
Going to the game is obviously a must on your trip to Atlanta, and tickets are currently reasonably priced if you haven’t purchased them through Michigan state ticketing services. The best part about Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the insanely low food prices and they have different types of food for you to choose from. You will have to do a lot of walking as you can imagine but it is a good stadium to watch a soccer match.
If you don’t go to the game and watch it on TV
Day: Thursday, December 30
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Which: No.10 Michigan State (10-2) vs. No.12 Pitt (11-2)
Or: Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, Georgia)
Have fun and enjoy your trip
Atlanta is not Miami; Temperatures for the game week will be in the low 70s and low 60s at night. Lyft and Uber fares are reasonable, but it’s a walkable downtown area if you don’t want to travel by car depending on which hotel you’re staying at.
If you are flying into Atlanta and have never been to the airport in the city before, it is big and you will take the monorail called the ATL SkyTrain to get to where you need to go. There will be plenty of cabs / cabs there so you won’t have to wait for a Lyft, Uber, or shuttle if you’re willing to pay around $ 30. The trip downtown will be around 30 minutes by car depending on where you are staying.
I recommend talking to Georgia fans. I know a lot of them will be in Miami for their bowl game, but if you see any downtown, their fan base is polite and chatty. Typically, they’ve known Mel Tucker from his time there as a defensive coordinator and will have a good chat with you if you feel like talking to a Bulldog fan.
I didn’t see any Georgia Tech fans there on my trip and while there are a ton of ads for Georgia State, I also didn’t run to any of their fans.
Finally, enjoy your trip to Atlanta by cheering on the Spartans and have fun exploring and enjoying your time at the Peach Bowl.