(ATLANTA ) – The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game’s matchup of No. 6 Auburn and No. 25 Louisville is the first major neutral-site game of 2015 to sell out. Peach Bowl, Inc. and university officials today announced both teams have completely sold through their allotments of 30,000 tickets each and no tickets remain for public sale.
“When you get two historically successful, top-25 teams with fan bases as passionate as Auburn and Louisville, you know you’re going to have a tough ticket,” said Gary Stokan, Peach Bowl, Inc. president & CEO. “What a great way to kick off the season with an electric, bowl-like atmosphere with two ranked teams in front of a packed crowd in Atlanta and national TV audience on CBS.”
The game between the Cardinals and the Tigers is set for Saturday, Sept. 5 at 3:30 p.m. in the Georgia Dome and will be nationally televised on CBS.
The matchup marks just the second meeting of the two preseason top-25 teams. Auburn won their only previous game in 1974. This will be Louisville’s first Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game appearance and Auburn’s second – following up a 2012 tilt with Clemson.
“To open the 2015 football season in a sold-out venue like the Georgia Dome against a top-10 team is exciting for our program,” said Louisville Head Coach Bobby Petrino. “Our fans have a proven track record of supporting our football team no matter the location, so it’s not surprising they have responded the way they have to this exciting matchup. I know they will help create an outstanding atmosphere as we kick off the season.”
The teams will battle for The Old Leather Helmet Trophy, one of college football’s iconic rivalry-game trophies. Traditionally, winners of The Old Leather Helmet don the helmet on the field after the game, starting with the head coach and then rotating from player to player as the team celebrates its victory.The nation’s longest-running kickoff game, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game averages more than 66,000 fans per game – higher than 30 bowl games from last year – and has sold out seven of its 10 matchups. The game’s team payout averages $4.3 million, which is higher than 21 bowl games last season. Television viewership is also traditionally strong with more than 40 million viewers tuning in to the series since 2008.
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ABOUT THE CHICK-FIL-A KICKOFF GAME
Created in 2008 by Peach Bowl, Inc., the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is a bowl-style, neutral-site game featuring two elite football programs and has been nationally televised on the first Saturday of the college football season since its inception. The game has hosted teams with national rankings of No. 1, No. 2, 5 (twice), 6, 7, 9, 14, 16, 18 (twice), 19, 24 (twice) and 25 (twice). The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game boasts an average attendance of 66,084, an 11-point average margin of victory, and has distributed nearly $40 million in total team payouts. For more information, visit Chick-fil-AKickoffGame.com.