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The Chick-fil-A Kickoff game between reigning national champion Alabama and Virginia Tech is now a sellout, as both teams have completely sold through their allotment of tickets, Chick-fil-A Bowl officials announced on Tuesday.
Since the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game began in 2008, the two matchups of Alabama and Virginia Tech (2009 and 2013) represent the two fastest sellouts in the game’s history. In 2009, Alabama beat Virginia Tech 34-24. They will play at 5:30 p.m. ET on Aug. 31 this year.
From the release:
The teams will be competing for the game’s coveted Old Leather Helmet Trophy. An icon of toughness and courage, the Old Leather Helmet represents the origins of college football rivalries, and is worn only by the winner of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. The battle for the Old Leather Helmet has served as a showcase for the brightest stars in college football since 2008, with a list of alumni that includes 25 NFL first-round draft picks, six National Coaches of the Year and 11 players who have earned National Player of the Year awards.
"We are looking forward to another great game and we have a lot of respect for Coach Beamer and Virginia Tech,” said Nick Saban, Alabama head coach. “We've had the opportunity to open the season twice before in Atlanta, and the experience has been extremely positive for our team and our fans. The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in the Georgia Dome is a great venue for college football. It has a bowl game feel, and the staff has done an outstanding job of making it a first-class event."
“The Georgia Dome is always an exciting place to play and a sold out Georgia Dome is going to be very special,” Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. “I think it’s a great atmosphere, and us playing the top program in the country in front of a packed house … that is why you come to Virginia Tech.”
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