As reported in the Athens Banner-Herald, at least 20,000 people gathered at the University of Georgia Sanford Stadium on Monday, August 21, to watch the much-anticipated solar eclipse.
UGA President Jere Moorehead said the event was the largest classroom the university has ever had.
"We strive every day to make an memorable learning experience for our students," said UGA Provost Pamela Whitten to the large crowd.
Several students and faculty members prioritized the rare event into their class or work schedule.
First-year students had only positive things to say about the entire experience.
"It's awesome to see Sanford like this for the first time, with so many people in it," Evan Kelley told the paper. "This is a great experience - the eclipse, the stadium, all of it."
There was music including the Soundgarden track, "Black Hole Sun," eclipse-themed trivia and a live broadcast of the event on the big screen.
Just like on a typical game day in the outdoor venue, the crowd at the stadium went wild when the eclipse peaked at 2:38 p.m.
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