The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is an annual college football game played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game was first contested in 2009 and has been played every season since. Most years the kickoff features 1 marquee matchup, but on occasion, the kickoff has been a double header. The game typically features a top team from the Southeastern Conference against another top team in the country. The 1st 3 years of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game and 6 of the first 7 contests in the kickoff featured SEC vs. ACC matchups.
The SEC has been especially dominant in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, going 7-2 in the 1st 9 appearances by SEC teams. Alabama has appeared in the kickoff 4 times, going 4-0, including 2 wins over Virginia Tech. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game tickets.
2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Preview
The 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game will be a matchup between Alabama Crimson Tide vs Florida State Seminoles on September 2, 2017, and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs Tennessee Volunteers on September 4, 2017. This will be two big nonconference matchups against SEC and ACC teams as the Vols and Yellow Jackets follow the Seminoles and Crimson Tide go head to head. The 2017 NCAA college football opening weekend is expected to be exciting with the return of Alabama to the field after a CFB Championship loss as Florida State searches for redemption after a dominating loss to Bama in 2016. The second 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff game will see the return of the Tennessee vs Georgia Tech rivalry to college football. The rivalry series ended with the Vols leading with a 24-17-2 record, but as they enter the Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the Chick-fil-a Kickoff this will be their first meeting in 30 years. Whether you are planning on cheering on the Alabama vs Florida State or Tennessee vs Georgia Tech at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, TicketCity has some of the best deals for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff tickets!
Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Football at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium Address: 35 Northside Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is played annually at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, in Atlanta, Georgia. The Mercedes-Benz is a new and extravagant stadium that is built just south of the previous Georgia Dome which has been demolished to make room for parking. The stadium will also be home to the Atlanta Falcons. The cost of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium is an estimated $1.5 billion dollar and provides its modern design and retractable roof which converts the venue into an outdoor stadium. The maximum capacity in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium is 83,000, but during football events it holds a smaller 71,000 people.
September 2, 2017 - Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Florida State Seminoles
September 4, 2017 - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Tennessee Volunteers
2018 - Washington Huskies vs. Auburn Tigers
2019 - Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Duke Blue Devils
2020 - Florida State Seminoles vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
2020 - Georgia Bulldogs vs. Virginia Cavaliers
September 3, 2016 - Georgia Bulldogs 33, North Carolina Tar Heels 24
The Georgia Bulldogs met the North Carolina Tar Heels in the 2016 Chick-fil-A Kickoff game, where Nick Chubb proved to be the MVP for Georgia in the opening season game. Chubb ran for a total of 222 yards and scored two touchdowns while carrying the ball an impressive 32 times. The Bulldogs played a consistent game scoring at least one touchdown every quarter while the Tar Heels only scored in the second and third quarter. The final score of the game was 33-24, Georgia.
September 5, 2015 - Auburn Tigers 31, Louisville Cardinals 24
The debut of Will Muschamp as Auburn’s defensive coordinator was a success with huge plays made by the revamped Tigers defense. Auburn scored their first touchdown in the first quarter with an interception and then in the second quarter Justin Garrett scored another touchdown on an 82-yard fumble return. After Louisville, rough start to the game in the first half they came back stronger in the second half scoring 24 points but were not able to close the gap. Auburn won the opening season game with a final score of 31-24 against the Cardinals.
August 30, 2014 - Alabama Crimson Tide 33, West Virginia Mountaineers 23
The 2nd game of the 2014 Chick-fil-A Kickoff double header produced one of the most exciting games of the early college football season. Alabama's T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry combined for over 235 yards on the ground to overcome a stellar effort from West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett. Trickett ende the game throwing for more than 360 yards, completeing 29 passes. The game was seporated by only 3 points at halftime and was still up for grabs late in the 4th quarter. The win pushed Alabama to 4-0 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.
August 28, 2014 - Ole Miss Rebels 35, Boise State Broncos 13
The 1st game of the 2014 Chick-fil-A Kickoff double header was a coming out party for Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace. Wallace was already considered one of the top quarterbacks in the SEC, but his 387 yard, 4 touchdown performance on a national stage, put Wallace in the discussion for the best quarterback in the country. Despite the lopsided final score, the game was incredibly close through 3 quarters, with Ole Miss only leading the game 7-6 until early in the 4th quarter.
August 31, 2013 - Alabama Crimson Tide 35, Virginia Tech Hokies 10
In 2013, the Alabama Crimson Tide met the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game for the 2nd time. Alabama came into the game as defending national champions and ranked #1 in the country. Virgia Tech had eyes on playing spoiler. The Hokies kept the game close in the 1st half, closing the gap to 21-10 late in the 2nd quarter. But Alabama utilized 3 non-offensive touchdowns to pull too far away from Virginia Tech. The win was Alabama's 3rd in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.
September 1, 2012 - Clemson Tigers 26, Auburn Tigers 19
The Clemson Tigers 2nd appearence in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game showcased on a national stage that the Tigers were back among the nations elite programs. The game was all about Andre Ellington, who accounted for 228 yards rushing, averaging over 9 yards a cary. Auburn's Tre Mason and Onterio McCalebb both put up big numbers, but were kept out of the endzone. Clemson's defense held Auburn to only 4 field goals. The win was Clemson's 1st in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.
August 31, 2012 - Tennessee Volunteers 35, NC State Wolfpack 21
The 1st game of the 2012 Chick-fil-A Kickoff double header was the 1st meeting between the Tennessee Volunteers and North Carolina State Wolfpack since 1939. The Volunteers scored 22 points in the 1st quarter, including 2 touchdowns from Cordarrelle Patterson of more than 40 yards, to put Tennessee fully in control of this game. Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray finished the game with over 300 yards passing. North Carolina State mounted a comback in the 2nd half, closing the score to 32-21 with just over 13 minutes left in the contest, but would not score again.
September 3, 2011 - Boise State Broncos 35, Georgia Bulldogs 21
The Georgia Bulldogs and Boise State Broncos both made thier 1st appearence in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in 2011. The Broncos came into the game ranked #5 in the country, while the Bulldogs tried to play spoiler, in front of a Georgia heavy crowd at the Georgia Dome. Boise State would ride a big game from quarterback Kellen Moore to their biggest victory of the 2011 season. The game was close throughout the 1st half, but a 14 point 3rd quarter helped push the Broncos to their 1st victory in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.
September 4, 2010 - LSU Tigers 30, North Carolina Tar Heels 24
The 2010 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game showcased one of the most impressive offensive performances in the game's history. North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates completed 28 passes for an unprecedened 412 yards and 3 touchdowns on the game. Despite this offensive barrage, the Tigers were able to ride a solid game from Jordan Jefferson and Reuben Randle to hold off the Tar Heels. The key play of the game came with 4 minutes left to play in the 2nd quarter as LSU's Patrick Peterson returned a punt 87 yards for a touchdown to put the Tigers up 23-10 en route to their 1st victory in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.
September 5, 2009 - Alabama Crimson Tide 34, Virginia Tech Hokies 24
The 2009 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game was the marquee matchup of the early college football season. The game pitted then #5 Alabama against #7 Virginia Tech. A 98 yard kickoff return for a touchdown from Virginia Tech's Dyrell Roberts helped the Hokies jump out to a 17-16 lead at haltime. But the 2nd half of the game beleonged to Alabama's Mark Ingram, who would account for two 2nd half touchdowns and finish the game with 150 yards on the ground. The Crimson Tide defense held Virginia Tech's high scoring offense to only 7 points in the 2nd half and Alabama would win the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game for a 2nd year in a row.
August 30, 2008 - Alabama Crimson Tide 34, Clemson Tigers 10
The innagural Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game was a battle between two powers from the South. Both Alabama and Clemson came into the game ranked, and looking to start the season off with a marquee win. From the beginning of this contest it was clear that the Crimson Tide were the superior team. Alabama would jump out to a 23-3 lead at halftime and never look back. Crimson Tide running backs Glen Coffee and Mark Ingram would combine for 186 yards on the ground and Bama's defense would force Clemson into 2 turnovers.