“The fact that both schools completely sold through their ticket allotments in one day is a testament to the strengths of their fan bases and the interest in attending a first-class Bowl game,” said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president. “The Bulldog and Hokie faithful have shown their excitement for this great match-up and we know they’ll carry that same level of excitement into the Georgia Dome on December 30.”
The 2003 match-up between Clemson and Tennessee set a Georgia Dome record attendance mark for a football game at 75,125 and Chick-fil-A Bowl officials say the Georgia-Virginia Tech game may approach that record mark.
“This will definitely be one of the largest crowds we’ve ever had,” Stokan said. “It’s already one of the toughest tickets we’ve seen in a number of years.”
Georgia and Virginia Tech each received a ticket allotment of 18,500 tickets. Both schools asked for, and received, more tickets than they were obligated to take.
The Chick-fil-A Bowl is the longest-running rivalry series of top-ranked teams from the ACC and SEC and is recognized as the most competitive bowl game in the nation over the last 20 years. Beginning this year, the Chick-fil-A Bowl will own exclusive rights to the first selection in the ACC – after the BCS – and will increase its total team payout to $5.65 million. Last year’s game between #9 Miami and #10 LSU marked the Bowl’s ninth consecutive sellout and helped the Bowl retain its position as the highest-attended non-BCS bowl over the last 10 years. The 39th annual Chick-fil-A Bowl will be played Saturday, Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. and will be nationally televised by ESPN.