UNC to Open 2016 Season with Georgia

North Carolina will open its 2016 season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Georgia, officials announced Thursday. The game will be played Sept. 3 in the Georgia Dome.

“With Coach Fedora and Gene Chizik, we think by ’16 they’re really going to be something special,” Gary Stokan, president and CEO of the Peach Bowl, told The AJC. “And we know Georgia’s going to always be in the hunt for a New Year’s Six Game and being in the Top 10 and being a leader in the East.”

North Carolina's first appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game was a loss to LSU in 2010.

“The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is a wonderful event and an excellent opportunity for our student-athletes to compete on a national stage,” said Bubba Cunningham, UNC athletics director. “It is one of the premier events in college football and Atlanta has always been a popular destination for our fans. It should be an outstanding environment in the Georgia Dome.”

“The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is a tremendous opportunity for our team to kick off the college football season on national television against an outstanding Georgia program,” UNC Head Coach Larry Fedora said. “This is also an exciting opportunity for our fans to travel to Atlanta and watch us play in an electric environment.”

Georgia and North Carolina have met 30 times since 1895, the last contest a 7-3 Georgia victory in 1971. Overall, the Bulldogs hold a 16-12-2 advantage over the Tar Heels.

“This will undoubtedly be one of the best games of the 2016 opening weekend and a long-overdue renewal of an old ACC vs. SEC rivalry,” Stokan said.

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