The Volunteers will kick off the 2012 football season under Friday night lights against the N.C. State Wolfpack Aug. 31, according to the Chick-fil-A Bowl Committee website.
In a move that puts two marquee matchups in back-to-back nights in the same venue, and by the same organization, the folks at Chick-fil-A Bowl will be putting on quite a show in Atlanta to begin the football season in grand fashion.
With Auburn and Clemson set to clash and open up their season the following day (Sept. 30), the Georgia Dome grounds crew will have quite the busy weekend for the Labor Day holiday.
Game time for the Thursday night game has yet to be determined, however it has been announced that ESPNU will be telecasting the matchup.
The two games are expected to draw over 145,000 fans, providing an enormous economic impact for downtown Atlanta and surrounding businesses.
Chick-fil-A Bowl President Gary Stokan said that "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. 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.”
More than $60 million in economic impact is expected from the two season openers, which would certainly be welcome by the Atlanta business community.