The SEC and ACC schools will play on Labor Day Weekend at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to open the season in what will be the fifth season of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, which is sponsored by the bowl game of the same name.
Gary Stokan of the Chick-fil-A Bowl said the game is a natural for the teams because both have a lot of fans in Atlanta and nearby and because both programs recruit heavily in the state of Georgia.
Stokan said the exact date or time for the game hasn't been set and won't be until 2011. He said the game will be televised by either ESPN?or ABC as part of a doubleheader from the Georgia Dome that will also include Tennessee and North Carolina State.
"Our payoff each year is more than 22 of the bowl games," said Stokan, who noted the schools will get to keep the money from they earn from the game. In addition each will receive a $50,000 donation to the general scholarship fund for just showing up, Stokan added.
Clemson Athletic Director called a coin toss to determine which team would select the officials and won. The game will feature ACC officials with an SEC replay crew. Auburn will be the official home team. Each school will receive 31,200 tickets.
Jay Jacobs, Auburn's director of athletics, said Auburn has been trying to work out the schedule to play in the game and he said he is glad the Tigers are able to do that without breaking any contracts with other teams.
Auburn coach Gene Chizik said he likes the game. "It is an honor to be playing in it and a chance for us, once again, to show Auburn to the nation. Atlanta is a very short drive for many of our fans and we look forward to have many Auburn Tigers in attendance."
Following the 2010 Auburn vs. Clemson game at Jordan-Hare Stadium the Tigers will travel to Clemson to play in 2011.