Alabama running back
Najee Harris added 52
yards on the ground for an
Alabama team that ran for
145 yards on the day.
surge of neutral-site games during the opening weekend,
along with the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl’s hosting of the
College Football Playoff Semifinal this year and it’s recent
contract extension to remain a New Year’s Six bowl through
the 2025 season, the future is bright for both Peach Bowl,
Inc. and the city of Atlanta.
Alabama defensive back Xavier McKinney recorded eight tackles versus
Duke in the 2019 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.
nation’s longest-running kickoff game, the Chick-fil-A
Kickoff Game has elevated opening weekend and placed
a focus on the scheduling of competitive out-of-conference
opponents in a neutral setting.
“Our goal is to continue to build the entire weekend into
a celebration of college football. Our sport deserves a
signature event with nationally significant teams squaring
off in the first weekend and we’ll continue to meet that
need,” added Stokan.
For the city of Atlanta, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is
more than just a football game; it’s a landmark event that
attracts tens of thousands of fans to the city. Since its
inception in 2008, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has drawn
1.04 million fans to the city and generated $462.8 million
in economic impact for Atlanta.
The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game also provides fans with a
traditional bowl atmosphere and experience at the start
of the season with events like Tailgate Town built by The
Home Depot and individual team tailgate parties. All told,
tens of thousands of fans enjoy game day at the various
events before the game even starts.
In the College Football Playoff era, neutral-site games like
the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game will continue to take on an
even more significant role as strength of schedule remains
an integral part of a team’s national championship run.
With the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game paving the way for a
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