Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Florida State Seminoles take on the field before their game at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, October 24, 2015. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC/hshin@ajc.com
Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC/hshin@ajc.com

At long last, a night home game for Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech will get a long-awaited night home game. Awash in noon-hour kickoffs at Bobby Dodd Stadium, Georgia Tech and its fans were assigned a 7 p.m. kickoff time for its game Saturday against Miami. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

It will be the first night time kickoff of the season and only the second out of five home games that won’t start in the noon hour. Last season also, the Yellow Jackets started five of their six home games between noon and 1 p.m. The pattern has raised complaints among fans, as the early kickoffs limit tailgating time.

The game will continue a different pattern that has favored the Jackets previously. The game is designated as its whiteout game, and Tech defeated Miami in two previous whiteout night games, in 2008 (the first-ever whiteout) and in 2014.

Tech will also be honoring legend Calvin Johnson during the game, presenting him with his plaque for being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December.

Tech will be playing to earn bowl eligibility and to keep alive its hopes of winning the ACC Coastal Division.

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