100 years of football at Grant Field 0 Previous Gallery Next Gallery 1 / 24 Georgia Tech Archives The field that would be known as Grant Field began hosting football games as early as 1905. The facility was named Hugh Inman Grant Field in 1914 after a gift from John W. Grant, a member of the Tech Board of Trustees and a well-known Atlanta merchant, was used to build the first permanent concrete stands on the west side of the field. The facility was known as Grant Field until April 1988, when the Georgia State Board of Regents voted to add the name Bobby Dodd Stadium in honor of the legendary coach who guided the Rambling Wreck to its most illustrious football era. 2 / 24 Originally built in 1913 by members of the Georgia Tech student body, Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field is the oldest on-campus stadium in NCAA FBS. 3 / 24 Georgia Tech Archives The stands at Grant Field are filled for a game in 1915. 4 / 24 Georgia Tech Archives The original stands at Grant Field seated 5,600. The concrete east stands were completed in time for the 1924 season. A year later, the south stands were finished, bringing the seating capacity to approximately 30,000. 5 / 24 AJC File Grant Field at Bobby Dodd Stadium is located at the heart of the Georgia Tech campus on Techwood Drive, bordered by North Avenue on the south and Bobby Dodd Way on the north. 6 / 24 Georgia Tech Archives The Ramblin' Wreck has led the team onto Grand Field for every home game since 1961. 7 / 24 Charles Pugh / AJC Athletic workouts continue on the playing field at Georgia Tech's Grant Field during construction of an upper deck level to the East side in 1962 . The second deck increased the stadium capacity to 53,300. 8 / 24 Georgia Tech Archives After the facility expanded in 1967 when the West Stands were doubledecked seating capacity grew to its high of 58,121. 9 / 24 AJC File Grant Field has seen several expansions. Stands were added 1962. In 1967 the facility expanded again when the West Stands were doubledecked to bring capacity to its high of 58,121. New scoreboards were added prior to the 1982 season. The South Stands that formed the U-shape on North Avenue were razed in 1988 to make room for a multi-purpose athletics facility, reducing seating to 46,000. In 1992 renovations included the addition of 32 executive suites. 10 / 24 Georgia Tech Archives Natural grass returned to Grant Field in 1995 after 24 seasons with artificial turf. The field was originally surfaced with AstroTurf in 1971 and resurfaced in 1979, and then artificial All-Pro Turf was installed in 1988. 11 / 24 David Tulis / AJC In 2003, a two-year expansion and renovation raised capacity at Bobby Dodd Stadium to 55,000 seats. The largest crowd to see a game in the current configuration was at the 2006 season opener, when Tech hosted second-ranked Notre Dame before a crowd of 56,680. 12 / 24 Georgia Tech Archives The Georgia Tech marching band spells out the number "75" during festivities to celebrate the 75th anniversary in 1968. 13 / 24 AP The Peach Bowl, now known as the Chick-fil-A Bowl, began in 1968 and played its December postseason game on Grant Field in 1968, 1969 and 1970. In the early years of the franchise, the Atlanta Falcons played home games here, too. 14 / 24 Georgia Tech Sports Information On Nov. 6, 1976, Georgia Tech upset Notre Dame 23-14 in the "Passless Upset." The Jackets - with freshman QB Gary Lanier running Pepper Rodgers' option to perfection - didn't throw a pass in shocking the Irish. 15 / 24 Calvin Cruce / AJC The Jackets were 2-19-1 in Bill Curry's first two seasons as head coach when the unthinkable happened. On Nov. 8, 1980, Georgia Tech held No. 1-ranked Notre Dame to a 3-3 tie. Notre Dame, which had 20 players on its roster that were drafted by the NFL, had to score late to avoid what would have been one of the biggest upsets in the history of college football. 16 / 24 Joey Ivansco / AJC In a scene that has been replicated a few time overs, Georgia Tech students carry the goal posts from Grant Field to the Varsity restaurant after Tech beat UGA in 1984. 17 / 24 Mike Powell In a battle of Top 20 teams, the Yellow Jackets stamped themselves as national contenders by beating Clemson 21-19 and improving to 5-0 for the first time since 1966. An 87-yard kickoff return by walk-on Kevin Tisdel and a tenacious defense paved the way. The Jackets 1990 went on to win a share of the national title in 1990. 18 / 24 Phillip McCollum / AJC Called its biggest victory in six years, Tech used a classic defensive effort and special teams to beat the 12th-ranked Cavaliers 13-7 on Oct. 5, 1996. The Yellow Jackets forced five Virginia turnovers. 19 / 24 John Bazemore / AP In a 41-38 thriller, Dez White caught six passes for a school record 243 yards -- the last 54 coming on the game-winning catch to upset No. 6 Virginia on Oct. 17, 1998. 20 / 24 John Bazemore / AP In the most thrilling games in Bobby Dodd Stadium annals, Joe Hamilton's last home game was triumphant. Luke Manget's second-chance, OT field goal sent Tech fans into euphoria. Many of them carried Hamilton -- who was second in the Heisman Trophy voting that season -- on their shoulders and around the stadium after defeating Georgia 51-48 in overtime on Nov. 27, 1999. 21 / 24 John Bazemore / AP In the first game in newly-expanded and renovated Bobby Dodd Stadium, a sellout crowd of 55,000 roared as freshman quarterback Reggie Ball passed for one touchdown and set up two other scores in a 17-3 win over the Auburn Tigers on Sept. 6, 2003. The crowd later stormed the field and tore down the goal posts. 22 / 24 Johnny Crawford / AJC Tech's first win over the Seminoles since 1975 was decided on Nov. 1, 2008, when true freshman Rashaad Reid recovered a Florida State fumble in the end zone in the final minute. The Jackets won 31-28. 23 / 24 Jason Getz / AJC The Yellow Jackets flexed offensive muscle with nationally televised 41-23 win over the 23rd-ranked Hurricanes in a "White-Out" at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Nov. 20, 2008. 24 / 24 Brant Sanderlin / AJC Georgia Tech's first win at home against a top-five ranked team since 1962 occurred on Oct. 17 2009, over Virginia Tech. The fans stormed the field and tore down the goal posts in the north end zone. The 28-23 win ultimately earned Tech the ACC Coastal Division title. View Comments 0 Sign up for e-newsletters Want more news? Sign up for free e-newsletters to get more of AJC delivered to your inbox.