Posted by Chip Patterson
Even though it's only three years old, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is ready to expand. The annual opening-weekend show down between the SEC and the ACC in the Georgia Dome has been considered a success among fans so far, and the experience will only get bigger.
It was announced on Saturday that the kickoff game would be a kickoff doubleheader in 2012. Auburn and Clemson will get to continue their renewed regular season rivalry in one half of the bill, while the other matchup will be between NC State and Tennessee. There has been no announcement as to kick times or date, but it is assumed the games will continue to be televised on ESPN and/or ABC.
Atlanta makes for a perfect meeting spot for SEC and ACC fans, and every year each school has sold out their allotted 31,200 tickets. The massive arrival of passionate college football fans with early season optimism makes for a great environment throughout Atlanta. With the success of ticket sales thus far, I would imagine that the games would be held on Thursday and Saturday, or be separated by enough time to clear/refill the Dome.
NC State-Tennessee could be a selection for a Thursday night game, the Wolfpack have played on the opening Thursday recently in 2008 and 2009 against South Carolina. Still, all four fan bases meeting in Atlanta for opening weekend should make for an incredible college football atmosphere for all teams involved.