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Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Sold Out

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Stadium News

ATLANTA – August 10, 2017 – Three weeks before the college football season begins and both Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games hosted at Mercedes-Benz Stadium will take place in front of sell out crowds. The two Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games featuring marquee matchups, Alabama will face Florida State on Saturday, Sept. 2 and Georgia Tech go head to head with Tennessee on Monday, Sept. 4, have officially sold out to open up the first weekend of college football.

“We’re calling this game the GOAT, the Greatest Opener of All Time, because of the projected rankings, the dominance of these two programs and the fact that this is the toughest ticket I have seen in my 20 years in college football,” said Gary Stokan, CEO and president of Peach Bowl, Inc. “To possibly have #1 against #2 in the first game of the season is a credit to the programs that Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher have built and their willingness to play this game shows their desire to compete at the highest level.”

To learn more about the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game featuring Alabama v. Florida State, click here.

“I can’t think of a better way to officially open the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium than with an ACC-SEC rivalry game in a sold out atmosphere in the Capital of College Football,” said Gary Stokan, CEO and president of Peach Bowl, Inc. “To host two great traditional football powers in Georgia Tech and Tennessee, while also honoring Hall of Famer Bobby Dodd, who was an All-American at Tennessee and a National Championship Coach at Georgia Tech, is a very special way to end the first weekend of college football.”

To learn more about the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game featuring Georgia Tech v. Tennessee, click here.

 Created in 2008 by Peach Bowl, Inc., the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is the preeminent bowl-style, neutral-site game featuring two elite football programs and has been nationally televised on the first Saturday of the college football season since its inception. The game has hosted teams with national rankings of No. 1, 2, 5 (twice), 6, 7, 9, 14, 16, 18 (twice), 19, 22, 24 (twice) and 25 (twice). The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game boasts an average attendance of 67,645, has been watched on television by 47.4 million viewers, and has distributed $51.9 million in total team payouts. Since its inception in 2008, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game has featured six national coaches of the year, 16 players who were recipients of national awards during their collegiate careers and a total of 48 first-round NFL Draft picks. For more information, visit WWW.CHICK-FIL-AKICKOFFGAME.COM.

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