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CRAWFORD | Chick-Fil-A organizers announce Louisville-Auburn opener is a sellout

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The University of Louisville football team not only will open the 2015 season next week against No. 6-ranked Auburn, but it will play in front of a sellout crowd in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome.

Organizers for the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game today announced that each school has sold its allotment of 30,000 tickets for next Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. matchup.

It’s the first college football neutral-site game to sell out this season.

“To open the 2015 football season in a sold-out venue like the Georgia Dome against a top-10 team is exciting for our program,” Louisville Bobby Petrino said. “Our fans have a proven track record of supporting our football team no matter the location, so it’s not surprising they have responded the way they have to this exciting matchup. I know they will help create an outstanding atmosphere as we kick off the season.”

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said, “We look forward to playing in front of a sellout crowd at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game versus a very good Louisville team on a national stage to open the 2015 season. We have the best fans in college football and our team looks forward to playing in front of the Auburn Family in the Georgia Dome.”

The winner of the game will receive the “Old Leather Helmet Trophy,” with coaches and players taking turns donning the helmet after the game.

The Chick-Fil-A game has averaged more than 66,000 fans per game during its history, and has sold out seven of its 10 meetings. The payouts for its teams have averaged $4.3 million per program.

“When you get two historically successful, top-25 teams with fan bases as passionate as Auburn and Louisville, you know you’re going to have a tough ticket,” said Gary Stokan, Peach Bowl, Inc. president & CEO. “What a great way to kick off the season with an electric, bowl-like atmosphere with two ranked teams in front of a packed crowd in Atlanta and national TV audience on CBS.”

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