A sold-out season opener
Tennessee took a little longer to snap up its ticket allotment than Georgia Tech, but the season opener in Atlanta officially has sold out.
Tennessee has sold its allotted 25,000 tickets less than a month before the game kicks off at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sept. 4. Game time is 8 p.m.
Georgia Tech sold its allotment of 30,000 tickets and asked for 3,500 more, according to Gary Stokan, President and CEO of Peach Bowl, Inc., and creator of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games.
Georgia Tech, which is located in Atlanta, included the neutral-site game in its season-ticket packages.
Tennessee athletic director John Currie had confidence in June that Tennessee would bring more fans to the game than Georgia Tech.
“It’s a neutral-site game and the Vol Nation will be in there in force,” Currie said. “I’ll bet you orange will be the predominant shade.”
This will be matchup No. 44 between the Vols and Yellow Jackets. Tennessee holds a 24-17-2 record in the all-time series.
“When you get two storied programs with fan bases as passionate as Tennessee and Georgia Tech, you know you’re going to have a tough ticket,” Percy Vaughn, Peach Bowl, Inc. chairman, said in a release. “Add in the fact the two teams are meeting for the first time in three decades, and you get an even higher demand for tickets from Volunteer and Yellow Jacket fans.”
This will be the second game played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium with the first coming Sept. 2 between Alabama and Florida State.
The stadium will seat 71,000 fans.