Thursday, February 16, 2012
2012 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games set
By ESPN.com staff
The opening weekend of the 2012 college football season will feature a double dose of SEC football in Atlanta as part of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff festivities.
Tennessee will face North Carolina State on Friday, Aug. 31 in a game to be televised by ESPNU, while Auburn will face Clemson the next day on Saturday, Sept. 1 in a game to be televised by either ESPN or ABC. Game times have yet to be determined. Both games will be played in the Georgia Dome.
This marks the first time in college football history where two games of this magnitude have been hosted in the same facility, by the same organizer on consecutive days, according to Chick-fil-A officials.
Between the two games, more than 145,000 fans are expected to be in Atlanta to celebrate the opening of the 2012 season and be a part of history. All four teams and their fans will be in Atlanta at the same time, creating a college football celebration of epic proportions. The pair of Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games is expected to generate more than $60 million in economic impact.
"When we created the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game with ESPN, our goal was to kick off the season in a special and memorable way," said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO. "With these two games, and these four teams and their fan bases, this is going to be a colossal weekend of football in Atlanta -- like nothing you have ever seen before."