Friday September 17, 1999
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Yellow Jacket Alley gets the game going


Buzz and a random Elvis fan help students show their school sprit during ESPN's GameDay festivities at the Florida State game last year. Pep rallies before kickoff help set the tone for an exciting game.

By Pat Edwards Special to the 'Nique

A fairly new tradition for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets is the pep rally at the Yellow Jacket Alley and Ramblin' Reck Road.

The pep rally occurs two and a half hours before each home football game along Brittan Drive, next to Peters' Park.

The event is a perfect way for Tech fans to greet their team as they arrive at the stadium, and for fans to get psyched for the game.

Started three years ago by the Yellow Jacket Council, an association of directors of local alumni clubs, Yellow Jacket Alley has evolved to the spirited beginning of the game day at Tech. Members of the council came from the North Metro, West Metro, South Metro, BellSouth, Georgia Power, Griffin, Gwinett, Coca Cola, and Cobb alumni clubs and included Dorsey Watson, Bill Biggs, Tom Diesel, Kim Barry, David Web, Ed Head, Greg Garrett, Carl Barnes and Vern Hakes.

The section of Brittan way is transformed each year through the efforts of volunteer alumni and students into Ramblin' Reck Road by the addition of monograms on the roadway and banners and signs posted along the way.

The intricate, three-color yellow jacket stencils were hand cut by the distinguished alumni and founder of the Hearn Academic Center, Drew Hearn, and are painted by volunteer alumni and students. The GT ciphers are repainted each year by the Ramblin' Reck Club, which also organizes student participation and activities during the rally.

The events are always loud and exciting. The team arrives amongst the roar and sirens of their police escorts. They then walk the distance to the Edge Center and their locker room. Along the way they are lead by the Ramblin' Reck, the cheerleaders, and the Tech Band.

As the Yellow Jacket Alley grows each year it promises to give the Tech fans their best chance to get in the mood and let the Jackets feel our pride and best wishes for the game.