Kickoff Game will open the 2014 college football season with not one,
but two marquee games in Atlanta's Georgia Dome.
The first game will feature Ole Miss versus Boise State on Thursday, Aug. 28. The opening game will kick off at 8:00 p.m. EST and will be televised nationally on ESPN.
The second game will pit projected pre-season top-5-ranked Alabama against West Virginia on Saturday, Aug. 30. The Crimson Tide vs. the Mountaineers will kick off at 3:30 p.m. EST and will be televised nationally on ABC and ESPN2.
Both games represent the first-ever meeting between the teams.
"In recreating the Kickoff Game format, our goal has always been to open the season in a memorable way," said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO. "With these match-ups, teams and fan bases, there's no doubt that all eyes, once again, will be on Atlanta for this colossal weekend of college football. With these two games along with opening the new College Football Hall of Fame, Atlanta will be the home of the celebratory kick off to college football!"
This marks the second time in college football history where two games of this magnitude have been hosted in the same facility, by the same organizer on the same weekend. In 2012, Chick-fil-A Kickoff Weekend opened the season with N.C. State vs. Tennessee and Auburn vs. Clemson.
Between the two games, more than 145,000 fans are expected to be in Atlanta to celebrate the opening of the 2014 season. The pair of Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games is also expected to generate nearly $70 million in economic impact for the city.
In Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game style, both games will include their own pregame activities including team tailgates, FanZone presented by Coca-Cola Zero, and the traditional team walks and pep rallies.
All tickets to both games are being sold through the university ticket offices. No tickets will be available through the Chick-fil-A Bowl office.
ABOUT THE CHICK-FIL-A KICKOFF GAME
Created in 2008 by the Chick-fil-A Bowl and ESPN, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is a bowl-style, neutral-site game featuring two elite football programs on the first Saturday of college football season. Since its inception, the game has hosted teams with national rankings of No. 1, 5 (twice), 7, 9, 14, 16, 18, 19, 24 and 25 (twice) and has been nationally broadcast each year. The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game boasts an average attendance of 70,205, a 14-point average margin of victory, and has distributed nearly $30 million in total team payout. In 2013, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game injected a record $44.3 million into the Atlanta economy, bringing the cumulative economic impact of the game to $239.7 million.