Welcome Back, College Football


Summer is winding down, and college football is getting close. Each year, the amount of time without college football seems to get longer and longer. Fans follow news out of spring practices, recruiting trips, and eventually training camp. Anything and everything to try and stay connected to the sport and to their team. But make no mistake. The wait is almost over and the celebration welcoming college football back is at hand.

And in 2019, like every other year since 2008, Peach Bowl, Inc. is preparing a week-long celebration of events to kick off another season for Atlanta and the entire country. A week filled with events will rejuvenate and entice college football fans heading into opening weekend and cap it all off with a Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game featuring Duke and No. 2 Alabama in the college football capital of the world.

To kick things off, Peach Bowl, Inc. is hosting the Kickoff Breakfast presented by Delta to celebrate College Football’s 150th anniversary. The exclusive event is hosted by Mr. College Football himself, Tony Barnhart. The event will cover how college football has impacted community, education and leadership. Those scheduled to speak at the event include the Executive Director of College Football’s 150th Anniversary, Kevin Weiberg, as well as local athletic directors and head football coaches from Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Kennesaw State and Georgia. The event will be appropriately held at the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta.

The very next day, the festivities move outside for the third annual Peach Bowl Football Fest. On Saturday, Aug. 24, Peach Bowl, Inc. is hosting this free family friendly event outside the Hall on Marietta Street. Peach Bowl Football Fest is a block party celebration that rings in the beginning of each season and celebrates all that makes college football such a great part of our culture. The festival lasts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and includes food and beverage, merchandise, inflatables, games, music and more. Fans of all ages can take part in ringing in the beginning of the season and get active in the Capital of College Football.

Peach Bowl, Inc. once again welcomes back the annual True Taste of Music event the following Friday. Once again at the College Football Hall of Fame, this unique experience stimulates all of the senses by pairing great live music with food from the best local chefs chosen by the musical artist. Edwin McCain is the featured artist of the night, and award-winning chef and owner of the restaurant Local Three, Chris Hall will be preparing the dishes. This intimate, memorable night is a welcomed change of pace before the massive celebration on Saturday.

By the time the “True Taste of Music” ends on Friday night, college football will be in the Atlanta air. Just one more night.

When eager fans wake up on Saturday morning, they will make their way to International Plaza for Tailgate Town built by the Home Depot, the mother of all pregame tailgates. Tailgate Town opens at 10 a.m., more than five hours before game time.

Tailgating is a staple of the college football lifestyle, and Peach Bowl, Inc. and the Home Depot aimed not only to cherish that experience, but take it to a new level.

International Plaza, just outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, will be packed with attractions, exhibits, games, and food and beverage. There’s something for every fan at Tailgate Town.  Five hours of fun serve as the solid opener for the headliner of the day, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

Peach Bowl, Inc. doesn’t want to keep the fans waiting too long, and only after they have had their fix of food and fun, it will be time to sit down and enjoy what brought us all together in the first place: football. At 3:30 p.m. ET, Duke will take on No. 2 Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. For the 15th time, Peach Bowl, Inc. will put on a bowl-like atmosphere to start the season and round out the epic first week of the college football season.






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