Stokan sees the game as a chance for Tech to push its brand to the Atlanta market. That was how he pitched the game to former Tech AD Mike Bobinski, he said.
“I said, ‘One of the things in my estimation in working with us that you can do is play in Mercedes-Benz Stadium when it first opens,’” Stokan said.
The game was announced in July 2015. Stokan was at the ACC Kickoff to meet with coaches and start to fill openings for future kickoff games. Stokan said that he had not had any conversations with either Tech coach Paul Johnson or athletic director Todd Stansbury about future appearances. This will be Tech’s first appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game.
“But we love having Georgia Tech, whether it’s our bowl game or our kickoff game, because they’re good partners,” Stokan said. “We love working with Paul and certainly love working with all their fans that are in Atlanta.”