The Southern California chapter of the UGA Alumni Association has thousands of members.
LOS ANGELES — Thousands of Georgia fans living in the Los Angeles area are thrilled to see the Bulldogs play for the championship in their backyards.
Nichole Pryor moved to Los Angeles after graduating from the University of Georgia. She was in Athens in the late ’90s when Kirby Smart was on the field as a player, and now she’s over 2,000 miles from home, yet she’s never left home. There are moments when it seems like there is none.
“You’ll see someone with a Georgia tag on the highway and you’ll sit in traffic and yell ‘Go Dogs,'” Pryor said.
Every football season, Nichole gathers with other Bulldog fans in Southern California for game parties. His UGA alumni residing in Southern California range from He 2,000 to He 3,000.
There are a lot of us here,” Pryor said. “We’re on the West Coast where football isn’t so hotly pursued, so when this happens, it’s a reminder of that.”
The number of Bulldogs in Los Angeles is now up as the team arrived in California on Friday for their national title fight.
Those fans followed Nicole to the West Coast with history in mind to win back-to-back championships.
“It doesn’t happen very often and it’s a blast for West Coast Bulldogs fans,” Pryor said.
For other Bulldog fans headed in this direction, Nicole has a warning. The stories you’ve heard about LA traffic are true.
“Just be prepared and don’t feel overwhelmed or stressed by it,” Pryor said. “Please understand that the traffic is real.”
It’s as real as the possibility of Georgia winning another championship in a bulldog-filled place far from home.