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Paulson Stadium

Statesboro, GA

Home of the Georgia Southern Eagles

4.3

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Paulson Stadium (map it)
207 Lanier Dr
Statesboro, GA 30458


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Year Opened: 1984

Capacity: 25,000

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Expect Big Things at Paulson Stadium

Georgia Southern has been one of the most successful FCS programs in the country. The Eagles have won six national titles and have won 10 Southern Conference championships from 1992 to 2013.

In 2014, the Eagles have made the jump to the FBS and now play in the Sun Belt Conference. And because of that, they had to make improvements to Paulson Stadium.

The most important thing Georgia Southern did is expand the stadium from 18,000 to 25,000 seats. They also created a football operations center on site which includes a weight room and the Georgia Southern Football Hall of Fame.

There is a lot of tradition at Paulson Stadium, which is why the place is always packed for each home game. It may not be the most well-known stadium in the country, but with the jump to the FBS, more college football fans will notice how much this stadium means to the Georgia Southern faithful.

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The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

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  • Atmosphere
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  • Return on Investment
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Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

There are plenty of concessions at Paulson Stadium and each place has its typical hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, chicken tenders, and soda. And the prices are fair as a meal would cost around $10. Shaved ice and ice cream is also available for those who want something sweet.

Atmosphere    5

Out of all the college football stadiums in the Peach State, Georgia Southern is one of the best. It starts with the tailgating outside the stadium where numerous tents and RVs are set up, which is reminiscent of Sanford Stadium in Athens.

Before the game kicks off, Freedom, Georgia Southern's live bald eagle, takes the field and proceeds to fly across the stadium to get the fans fired up.

And during the game, one side of the stadium yells "Georgia" and the other side will say "Southern." For a smaller program, Georgia Southern's atmosphere competes with bigger programs in the state and nation.

Neighborhood    4

Statesboro is a small town, but because it's centered around Georgia Southern there is not a shortage of things to do. One of the things you can do before a game is go to the school's museum which features The Hall of Natural History and skeletons of modern vertebrates such as a set of shark jaws and complete bottle-nosed dolphin.

Another thing to do is go to the Splash at the Boro, a family water park and aquatic center. It features a lazy river and multiple pools.

One of the best places to eat outside the stadium is Gnat's Sports Bar and Grille which is located right around the corner. There are plenty of food choices such as wings, salads, shrimps and quesadillas. There are also plenty of beer choices, which is good since alcohol can't be served at the stadium.

Then there's the bar scene which is popular in the city and walking distance from the stadium. One of the more popular bars is Locos Grill and Pub which has wings, beer and football. The three things you need for a great time, right?

Fans    5

One of the reasons the atmosphere is great at Paulson Stadium is the fans. They are very passionate about the Eagles and it shows. They get to the stadium early, they are loud from start to finish and they realize that they have a great program that has a great tradition.

The student section is the best because it sits behind the visitors bench and they let the opposing team have it all game long.

Access    3

Statesboro is 45 minutes away from Savannah and three and a half hours from Atlanta and Jacksonville.

If you are coming from Atlanta, you will have to take I-16 which is a very long and boring drive. But coming from Jacksonville is not bad because you can stop in Savannah and take in a great city.

There is parking right next to the stadium, but you have to pay a seasonal fee. So the best thing to do is park around campus for free. But make sure you park in the right place and check the signs because the campus police will tow your car if you are not careful.

Return on Investment    5

Tickets for a fan will cost $35, but students get in for free. The cost alone is worth going to see Division I football, because it would be triple that for a ticket to see a major program.

But you are also seeing quality football from a great program. So it's really a great deal in terms of going to a college football game and a good choice when taking the family to a sporting event.

Extras    4

One point goes to the fireworks after each touchdown. It's a nice little touch to get the fans fired up.

Another point goes to the fan shops on the concourse. It's almost what you would see going to an Atlanta Braves games where the shops are set up like a mini store and have a ton of apparel.

One point goes to the grass seating at the corners of each end zone. I sat there for a few minutes and you can see everything. So in a way it's a lot better than sitting in a regular seat.

And there is mini field behind the end zone near where the football facility is located so kids can play on it all game long. Where was this when I was growing up?

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Crowd Reviews

The Prettiest Little Stadium in America

Total Score: 4.29

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

Built in 1984, Georgia Southern University’s Allen E. Paulson Stadium is known for one thing above anything else -- winning.

The Eagles have won 84 percent of the games they’ve played at Paulson Stadium. Legendary coach Erk Russell, who resurrected Georgia Southern football in Statesboro, GA in 1981, coined the venue “The Prettiest Little Stadium in America.” When the NCAA Division I-AA national championship game was played there, Erk capped off a perfect 15-0 season with the program’s third national title (of six) in front of a record crowd of 25,725, though the stadium seated only 14,444 at the time.

In 2013, Georgia Southern announced it will join the Sun Belt conference of the FBS, and construction began on a 50,000 square-foot Football Operations Center in the stadium and an upper deck adding an additional 6,200 seats.

Best Place for Fall Saturdays!

Total Score: 4.86

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Best way to spend a saturday in the Fall--heat and gnats abound, football is great, and the experience of a lifetime awaits in the Prettiest Little Stadium in America.

The Southern Experience

Total Score: 5.00

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Every football game in Paulson Stadium is a sight to behold. Fans flock to campus from near and far to see the Eagles play on Saturdays, and there's never a dull moment when you're taking part in the sacred tradition of Georgia Southern Gameday. Allen E. Paulson Stadium is hallowed ground to the Eagle faithful because it is the shining example of the hard work and dedication of a then-sleepy, little community in south Georgia coming together to support a common dream: building a beautiful stadium for a new football team that was to be the pride of Statesboro. That's why fans lovingly call the stadium "Our House," a house built by us for us. Erk Russell also coined the name "the Prettiest Little Stadium in America," and while the stadium might not be so little anymore, it's still the finest looking stadium in the land. From the moment the yellow school buses arrive in the tailgating lot until the last note of the alma mater is sung by the fans after victory, tradition has a firm grasp here in Statesboro. You won't find a better rags-to-riches story than the one that is told here at Georgia Southern and retold every Saturday through the yellow school buses and plain, navy blue uniforms. You also won't find a more passionate, friendly, and a louder fanbase than what you see storm through the gates on Saturdays in the fall. With chants of "WHOSE HOUSE? OUR HOUSE!" echoing across the county from Paulson, a kind of deafening thunder that makes the opposing team wish they had never gotten off the bus, "Our House" is one of the toughest venues to play at giving us a huge home field advantage. Our boisterous fans, winning tradition, and feared offense are enough to leave any team shaking in their cleats. The Boro is also a unique little town full of restaurants and bars right next to the stadium, and college students always willing to drink you under the table. Speaking a food and drink, there's always thousands of people barbecuing and tailgating on Saturdays. They are the epitome of Southern hospitality and are always willing to share even if you're an App State fan. With exciting football, heart-pounding atmosphere, amazing tradition, and a beautiful stadium nestled in the charmingly southern city of Statesboro, you can easily see why thousands of die-hard Eagles come each Saturday wanting to catch the Blues, the Statesboro Blues. Hail Southern.

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Millhouse Steakhouse  (map it!)

1601 Statesboro Pl Cir

Statesboro, GA 30458

(912) 871-6474

http://millhousesteakhouse.com/

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop  (map it!)

1302 Statesboro Pl Cir

Statesboro, GA 30458

(912) 871-3899

http://www.fuzzystacoshop.com/

Vandy’s Barbeque  (map it!)

22 W Vine St

Statesboro, GA 30458

(912) 764-2444

http://www.vandysbbqstatesboro.com/

Locos Grill and Pub  (map it!)

91 Briarwood Rd

Statesbro, GA 30458

(912) 681-2002

http://www.locosgrill.com/

Beaver House Inn and Restaurant  (map it!)

121 S Main St

Statesboro, GA 30458

(912) 764-2821

http://www.thebeaverhouserestaurant.com/

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