"We are very excited about the opportunity to compete against a great program in a great venue," said Wolfpack head coach Tom O'Brien. "Tennessee is an SEC school with a rich heritage and our players are already looking forward to the game. We know that our loyal fans will make sure that there is more red than orange in the dome that night."
The following day, Auburn will face Clemson in the same facility in what will be the first-ever double hosting of marquee, BCS-style games on back-to-back days in the same venue.
Between the two games, more than 145,000 fans are expected to be in Atlanta to celebrate the opening of the 2012 season. The pair of Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games is expected to generate more than $60 million in economic impact.
Both games will include their own tailgate and cook-off events as well as their own FanZone events with the traditional team walks to keep fans entertained over the 48 hours of football frenzy.
"NC State fans love Atlanta and participating in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is a particularly exciting way to kick off our 2012 season," said Deborah A. Yow, NC State Director of Athletics. "We think there will be a lot of State red there to cheer on our team." All tickets to the game will be sold through the NC State Athletic ticket office and are expected to go on sale by March 1. No tickets will be available through the Chick-fil-A Bowl office.
State's schedule has not yet been released by the ACC Office. Following is a statement put out by the league this morning:
"We at the Atlantic Coast Conference realize that there's tremendous anticipation for the release of the 2012 ACC Football schedule. The conference office and member institutions are equally in anticipation and are taking steps to expedite finding appropriate solutions. As has been documented, there are a number of unusual circumstances beyond the control of the ACC and its member schools that have directly impacted a number of our school's nonconference schedules, which in turn effects the development and completion of the overall schedule. Please know that all parties are working diligently and we appreciate everyone's continued patience."