Not that it will come as a surprise to anyone, but the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game between Georgia and Boise State officially became a hard sellout on Monday.
The exact time was 9:02 a.m. At 9 sharp, UGA put 800-plus $55 tickets on sell and they were gone two minutes later, according to both Georgia and Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game officials.
That means all 71,228 tickets have been snapped up a month and nine days before kickoff (Sept. 3, 8 p.m.) and Chick-fil-A Bowl President and CEO Gary Stokan is a very happy man.
“One of the things that sold Georgia and [Athletic Director] Greg McGarity on this game was we could give them access to tickets,” Stokan said Monday. “As of today they sold more than 53,000 tickets. I think the majority of their season-ticket holders were able to get access to tickets. That said, I have lists longer than both my arms of people calling me. So it must be a tough ticket if people are already calling me this far out.”
It wasn’t the earliest sellout for the still-relatively-new game. That goes to the 2009 game featuring No. 5 Alabama and No. 7 Virginia Tech, according to Matt Garvey, vice president of communications for the Chick-fil-A Game.
“But nobody has sold as many tickets as Georgia has either,” Stokan pointed out. In the previous three Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games the schools split 31,000 tickets each. Only LSU-North Carolina last year was not a sellout.
“When we put this game together, we went to Boise State and asked them how many tickets they thought they could sell and they said 75-hundred [7,500],” Stokan said. “And then we went to Greg and asked him what he thought he needed and he said, ‘as many as you have to sell.’ So I think Mark Richt and Greg have done a wonderful job of getting their people excited about this year. I think it’s a credit to the passion of the University of Georgia football fans. That’s what you need to do in a game like this.”
Georgia has sold 53,522 tickets, or approximately of the Georgia Dome’s capacity. Boise State sold out of its allotment a couple of weeks ago. The remainder go to Georgia Dome suiteholders and the Chick-fil-A folks.