The pandemic led Tech to move the 2020 Notre Dame game back to Bobby Dodd Stadium, and Tech and AMBSE moved the agreement back a year and added a sixth game.
The Louisville game will be played Sept. 2, 2023, a Saturday on Labor Day weekend. The game will be broadcast on either ABC or ESPN. It will be the third meeting between the Jackets and Cardinals. The second was Tech’s 46-27 win at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Oct. 9 this season.
“In addition to the excitement that playing in one of the world’s best sports venues affords to our student-athletes and fans, being a part of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game gives us the chance to display our program, our institution and our city to what is always a large national television audience,” Stansbury said in a statement.
Tech already was scheduled to play Louisville at home in 2023 as part of the league’s inter-division rotation. The teams’ game this season was created through the adoption of a 10-game league schedule (different from the standard eight-game schedule) and was outside of the rotation.
Of the six games to be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, three opponents and dates have been determined – Clemson on Sept. 5, 2022, Louisville in 2023 and Notre Dame on Oct. 19, 2024, leaving 2021, 2025 and 2026 unscheduled. For 2021, Tech’s ACC home schedule consists of Boston College, North Carolina, Pitt and Virginia Tech. Tech also plays Georgia, Kennesaw State and Northern Illinois, but the Georgia game, at least, will not be an option to move to MBS. It would seem that the most likely candidates are North Carolina and Virginia Tech. The ACC schedule is generally released in mid-to-late January.
While Tech was to originally rent the stadium from AMBSE for the 2023 game, the agreement is now between Tech and the Peach Bowl, a deal similar to the one struck for the 2022 Chick-fil-A Kickoff game with Clemson. The contract for that game stipulates that Tech will receive a $5 million payment and in exchange will be obligated to sell or purchase about 37,500 of the tickets in the 71,000-seat stadium. Clemson will receive an allotment of 4,300.