You’ve made the cross-country move to Savannah and you’re ready to dive into the local sports scene. Who should you cheer for?
Because your new home lies four hours from Atlanta – depending on I-75 traffic – you’ll find that Savannah, like most of Georgia, is Braves country. You’ll also find your neighbors rooting for the Falcons and Hawks, not that either franchise has given the Southeast much to cheer about.
On the college scene, you’re about the same distance from Columbia, S.C. – home of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks – and Athens, Ga., home of the Georgia Bulldogs. The choice here is clear: Go Dawgs!
You won’t need to leave town to find a pro or college team worth following. Savannah is home to the most colorful team in minor league baseball – the Savannah Bananas – as well as the Tigers of Savannah State University. You’ll be able to find any of these teams represented at Savannah sports stores.
And if you’re into golf, well, there’s a gorgeous course you may have heard of just a couple hours up the road in Augusta.
Amateur Sports Teams in Georgia State
The Savannah State Tigers play at the Division II level in most sports, but have moved up to the Football Championship Subdivision in football. Their most notable alumnus is Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe.
If you’re looking for a Division I program to adopt, look no further than the Georgia Bulldogs. The Dawgs are the defending national football champions. Fielding teams in 19 sports, Georgia has won a combined 47 national championships.
Georgia Tech is another option, as it’s located in Atlanta. The Yellow Jackets field 15 teams in NCAA Division I play. Known as the “Ramblin’ Wreck,” Georgia Tech has enjoyed success in football, baseball, and men and women’s basketball.
College players from around the country populate the roster of the Savannah Bananas, a summer league team that dubs itself a “world famous baseball circus.” On-field shenanigans and viral videos have made the team a national sensation and help the Bananas sell out every game at Grayson Stadium—their Savannah stadium. The Savannah Bananas location is always the place for a good time!
Savannah Sports Stores
Need equipment for your kid’s youth sports team? Check out these suggested stores near Savannah:
Academy Sports Store
Thompsons Sport’s Shop
Edwin Watts Golf
Professional Sports Teams
Most of your new friends at the Savannah GA sports bars follow the Atlanta teams, including the defending World Series champion Braves. They’re celebrating their second title since arriving in the ATL, while football’s Falcons and basketball’s Hawks are working to win their first. Atlanta also fields teams in the WNBA (the Dream) and Major League Soccer (Atlanta United FC).
Savannah is the perfect spot for pro golf fans. Augusta National, a club that was founded by Georgia Tech alum Bobby Jones and hosts the Masters tournament, lies 2 ½ hours up the road. Harbour Town is located just an hour away on Hilton Head Island, S.C. This course hosts a PGA Tour event each spring just after the Masters.
Watch your favorite teams at these sports bars near Savannah:
Bogey Sports Bar & Mini Golf
Brewer’s Sports Bar & Grill
Rachel’s Sports Pub
Whether you’re rooting for the Bananas or cheering on the Masters, once you make your home in the Savannah, GA area, you’ll have plenty to cheer about. Are you looking to move to (or from ) Savannah? Give American Moving & Storage a call at 912-401-0362 for your free moving quote. Or, fill out their online form by clicking here and they will contact you to start your cross-country move!