opened 1929 and renovated 2004
John Milledge, a former governor of Georgia, donated land for the university and named the area Athens, in honor of the ancient Greek center of culture and learning.This is a college football stadium for the University of Georgia. Don't know why Athens is named as it is, sorry!
As for the broken-up colours there, those are actually called 'seat-backs' or something similar. College stadiums, unlike pro football stadiums, are generally bleachers or rows of seats, so the colleges sell these seat-backs for $20 or something and it attaches to the bench and then basically acts as a cushion/support like a seat would at an all-seater stadium. People just leave them there if they have season tickets.
Fraternities and sororities were established with Greek letter titles in the early part of the 19th century. Phi Beta Kappa began the trend, then several fraternities followed beginning with Kappa Alpha in 1825...36 years prior to the beginning of the Civil War.The Calatrava roof was put away for the summer for cleaning. They will bring it back next year.
Why Athens? As the US was healing from the ravages of the Civil War and coming into its own internationally, a lot of educators in the US were brought up in the classical traditions. Thus, they paid homage(s) to ancient Greece and Rome. So the home of UGA was named Athens. Thus, all those fraternites and sororities are named after the Greek alpahbet; a lot of college athletic teams are called the Spartans (SPARRRTAAHHH!! :lol: ), the Trojans, etc., etc.
So great was the infatuation of 19th century America with classical Greece, that the only complete, full-scale replica of the Parthenon -- and how it would've looked if it had not been destroyed -- stands in, of all places, the world capital of country music -- Nashville, TN. See in the link.
http://www.students.sbc.edu/mdavis04/The Parthenon, Nashville, Tennessee.htm
Why?The finals of the 1996 Olympic Soccer competitions took place in Sanford Stadium. It was located outside of the host city (Atlanta). Because the required dimensions of a soccer field are wider than those of an American Football field, the hedges that surrounded the field needed to be removed for the event. Why can't all American football stadiums fit a soccer pitch properly?