Courtesy of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game
ATLANTA â€“ For the first time in its history, ESPNâ€™s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will open a third straight season in the same location at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.
The expanded three-hour College GameDay â€“ now beginning at 9 a.m. ET on ESPNU and continuing at 10 a.m. on ESPN â€“ telecast will originate from Centennial Olympic Park Sept. 4.
College GameDay will get the day started with the countryâ€™s most popular live college football show. Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard will break down all the match-ups throughout the three-hour program on the first Saturday of the season and set the stage for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game that evening. Erin Andrews will co-host the additional first-hour of the program on ESPNU and serve as a contributor for the two hours on ESPN.
This year, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game features No. 16 LSU vs. No. 18 North Carolina to open the 2010 season with the weekendâ€™s most anticipated match-up of top-ranked teams. The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game kicks off at 8 p.m. ET and will air nationally on ABC.
"Weâ€™ve been very fortunate to have three compelling BCS-type match-ups in our first three years," said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO. "Thereâ€™s nothing more exciting than starting the season with two top-20 teams on the opening weekend, and we thank ESPN for celebrating the Daytona 500 of College Football with ESPNâ€™s College GameDay."
"With top-ranked teams, elite conferences and a great host venue, you have all the elements for the countryâ€™s premier season-opening event. Weâ€™re proud to be a part of kicking off the season in Atlanta again this year," said Dave Brown, ESPN vice president, programming and acquisitions.
Known as the Daytona 500 of College Football, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has quickly established itself as the leading season-opening game in college football by creating a BCS-style event weekend around the game.
Fans will also experience a Fan Night at the Georgia Aquarium Friday night, a Kickoff Cook-Off tailgating experience following College GameDay on Saturday, team-specific tailgate parties for both LSU and North Carolina Saturday afternoon and a pre-game FanZone presented by Coca-Cola Zero fan experience and pep rally leading up to the game.
Last season, No. 5 Alabama defeated No. 7 Virginia Tech 34-24 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game using the game to springboard them to a national championship and a Heisman Trophy-winning campaign for tailback Mark Ingram.
The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game was created by the Chick-fil-A Bowl, in partnership with ESPN. The game matches two top teams in the best neutral-site game of the first Saturday of every season.
For more information on the dayâ€™s schedule including maps and directions, visit Chick-fil-AKickoffGame.com.