12:30 p.m. kickoff leads in to College Football Playoff Semifinals at the Rose and Sugar Bowls.
ATLANTA – The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will get a New Year’s Day time slot when its 50th annual game kicks off at 12:30 p.m. ET, Monday, Jan. 1 in the new $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will be the first New Year’s Six bowl game played on Jan. 1 and will lead into the College Football Playoff Semifinals at the Rose Bowl Presented by Northwestern Mutual and AllState Sugar Bowl. This marks the third time the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl has been played on New Year’s Day.
“This will be a very special day and time to play our 50th anniversary game and we look forward to pairing up with the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl in a great television window on ESPN, “ said Gary Stokan, CEO and president of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. “When you add in the projected top-10 matchup we’ll get from the CFP Selection Committee, this year’s bowl will be the perfect opening to an epic day of college football.”
In its fourth game as a part of the New Year’s Six group of bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is projected to match up two top-ranked teams from around the country as assigned by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. Matchups from the first three years of the playoff era include:
2014 (6) TCU vs. (9) Ole Miss
2015 (9) Florida State vs. (18) Houston
2016 (1) Alabama vs. (4) Washington (Semifinal)
Last year’s College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl set a Georgia Dome record for attendance (75,996), delivered more than 19.3 million television viewers and set a record for charitable donations at $1.7 million. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will next host a semifinal game in 2019.
Tickets to this year’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will be will be available for sale to the general public in July.
About Peach Bowl, Inc.:
Peach Bowl, Inc. operates the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and one of New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. In 2014-15, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl hosted top nationally ranked teams as assigned by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. In 2016, the Bowl hosted its first College Football Playoff Semifinal (#1 Alabama vs. #4 Washington). The Bowl has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 51 percent of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. Peach Bowl, Inc. has disbursed $160 million in team payouts over its 49-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl game organizations in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $21 million to organizations in need since 2002. Peach Bowl, Inc. also owns and manages the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament and The Dodd Trophy national coach of the year award. For more information, visit Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com or follow us on Twitter at @CFAPeachBowl and find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/CFAPeachBowl.